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Honorable Barry Russell

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United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1660 / Courtroom 1668
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 894-6091

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-3687

Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-1539

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-3687
(213) 894-6093


Telephonic Instructions

Honorable Barry Russell
Bankruptcy Judge
Procedures Regarding Telephonic Appearances

Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Edward Roybal Federal Building and the United States Courthouse is closed through June 1, 2020.  See Second Amended General Order 20-02 filed April 14, 2020.

Until further notice, appearances on all matters before the Honorable Barry Russell must be made by telephone.  CourtCall, the telephonic provider for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, is offering free access for pro se parties and discounted charges for attorneys through June 30, 2020.

After you have received confirmation from the Court that it has noted your telephonic appearance, you must arrange for the telephonic appearance yourself by calling CourtCall at (866) 582-6878 by 2:00 p.m. the day before the hearing.

If you experience any difficulty registering with CourtCall, contact the Courtroom Deputy at (213) 894-3687 or Chambers at (213) 894-6091.

This notice supersedes Judge Russell’s normal telephonic appearance procedure until further notice.  Please continue to monitor this website for updates.  

Revised: April 27, 2020

Printable version of Judge Russell's Telephonic Appearance Procedures


About the Judge


  • Appointed in 1974 by the Judges of the District Court
  • Reappointed August 27, 1986, August 27, 2000, and August 27, 2014 by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Current term expires August 26, 2027)
  • Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, March 1988 - December 2001; Chief Judge, 1999 to 2001
  • Chief Judge, Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, 2003-2006


  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.S., 1962 (engineering); J.D., 1966

 Other Government Service:

  • 1966-67, U. S. Treasury Department
  • 1967-70, Los Angeles County Public Defender
  • 1970-74, Assistant U. S. Attorney, U. S. Department of Justice

 Publications and Other Media:

  • Bankruptcy Evidence Manual, West Publishing Co., since 1987, new edition published annually


  • Franklin N. Flaschner Judicial Award, American Bar Association, 1987
  • First American invited by Supreme People's Court, People's Republic of China, to lecture on bankruptcy law, 1988
  • Judges' Award, Southern California Mediation Association, for distinguished service for promoting mediation in the courts
  • Emil Gumpert Judicial ADR Award, Los Angeles County Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Service
  • "2004 Outstanding Jurist," Los Angeles County Bar Association


  • 1977-present, Faculty Member, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, DC
  • 1975-present, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (Law), University of Southern California

 Professional Memberships:

  • Federal Bar Association, since 1971; National president, 1990-91
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association since 1967
  • Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, inducted 1992
  • Board of Directors for the Western Justice Center, 1996
  • Mensa, 1970
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