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Honorable Barry Russell

Judge Tabs


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) 894-5011

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


Telephonic Instructions


(Updated 10/20/2020)

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Judge Russell will be holding all hearings remotely until further notice.  Hearings will be held via ZoomGov.  The calendar can be accessed at the following web address:  (Click on the “Select Judge” tab on the upper left side of the screen and select Judge Russell).

ZoomGov hearings:  For ZoomGov hearings, the first page of Judge Russell’s publicly posted hearing calendar will provide video and audio connection information for the hearings.    

Video appearances before this Court are mandatory; audio appearances are only if necessary.  You may appear by video via ZoomGov using a personal computer (equipped with camera, microphone and speaker), or a handheld mobile device (such as an iPhone and/or Android phone).   If necessary, you may participate by ZoomGov via audio only by using a telephone (standard telephone charges may apply).  Neither a Zoom account nor a ZoomGov account are necessary to participate.

No pre-registration is required, however, you must notify the Court of your appearance not later than 2 p.m. on the day prior to the hearing. Please e-mail  In the re: line of the e-mail, please reference the date, time and calendar number(s) of the hearing(s) (for example:  Re: September 15, 2020, 10:00 a.m., Calendar No. #).  The e-mail must include:

  • The name of the case and the bankruptcy case number (and adversary number, if applicable);
  • The date and time of the hearing;
  • The calendar number assigned to the matter (or, if a calendar number has not yet been assigned, then a statement so stating);
  • Notify the clerk if video appearance is not possible;
  • Who the party appearing by video or telephone represents; 
  • Contact information, including email address and telephone number.

The audio portion of each hearing will be recorded electronically by the Court and constitute its official record. 

Please be certain to sign into Zoom no later than twenty (20) minutes before the time set for the Court hearing.

Tips for a Successful ZoomGov Court Experience

  1. Test the video and audio capabilities of your computer or mobile device before the hearing (i.e., at least one day in advance).
    1. You can do this by clicking on the ZoomGov meeting link posted for the hearing and/or check your video and audio using the ZoomGov app.
  2. If you intend to speak during the hearing, please find a quiet place from which to participate.

  3. If you are connecting to a hearing using a wireless device, make sure to have a strong wireless signal.

  4. Until your matter is called, please turn off your video and mute your audio to minimize distractions and background noise.

    1. If you are connecting to ZoomGov by video, you can turn your video on/off by clicking on the video camera on the lower left side of the screen and mute/unmute your audio by clicking on the microphone on the lower left side of your screen.

    2. If you are connecting to ZoomGov by telephone, you can mute or unmute your connection by pressing *6 on your phone.

  5. If you are participating via video:

    1. Please use your full name as your Zoom screen name.  You can change your Zoom screen name by moving the cursor over the upper right corner of your video tile, clicking on “. . . ” and then clicking on “rename.”

    2. Please wear attire consistent with the decorum of court proceedings.

    3. If you choose to use a virtual background, please avoid backgrounds that are offensive or distracting.

    4. Try to avoid having a window or bright background behind you.  Otherwise, you may appear on video as a shadow.  If you cannot avoid a bright background, a desk lamp or other light source might help to brighten your face.

  6. When you first speak—and each time you speak after someone else has spoken—please say your name.  This is essential to make a good court record.  The only part of the hearing being recorded is the audio.  If a transcript is requested, it is sometimes difficult for the transcriber to know who is speaking.  

  7. If available, a headset-microphone often provides better sound quality for listening and speaking.

  8. Participants and members of the public should remember that although conducted remotely, ZoomGov hearings are official court proceedings, and individuals should act accordingly.

Revised: October 21, 2020

Printable version of Judge Russell's Telephonic and Video 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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