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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

  1. Telephonic appearances are permitted by Judge Russell on a case by case basis for extreme emergencies only. To request a telephonic appearance, contact Judge Russell’s Courtroom Deputy, Stacey Fortier, as soon as possible at the following phone number: (213) 894-3687.
  1. Provide the Courtroom Deputy with the following information:
    1. the name of the case and the bankruptcy case number or adversary proceeding number;
    2. the date and the time of the hearing;
    3. the reason for the telephonic appearance; and
    4. your telephone number.
  1. If Judge Russell approves the request, the Courtroom Deputy will advise you of the telephone number to call for a telephone conference call.
  1. If Judge Russell denies the request, the Courtroom Deputy will advise you.

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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