David Stewart Kennedy

David Kennedy

Title: Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge
Location: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

David Kennedy, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in bankruptcy law.

Mr. Kennedy prepared for his legal career at Memphis State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, and continued his academic pursuits at the institution to receive a JD in 1970. He took a position as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Tennessee, and in 1971, he was admitted to practice law in the state of Tennessee. From 1971 to 1973, Mr. Kennedy was a solo practitioner and member of a private panel of bankruptcy trustees, and from 1974 to 1976, he worked as an administrative assistant and chief clerk for the Western District of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tennessee. He returned to his solo practice, where he worked until 1980, when he became a judge.

Since 1980, Mr. Kennedy has worked as a judge, and in 1982, he served as an adjunct professor at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at Memphis State University. He is a member and former chair of the Bankruptcy Judicial Advisory Group of the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. Currently, Mr. Kennedy continues to work as a chief U.S. bankruptcy judge, and for his integrity and excellence, he has achieved an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He cites U.S. district judge Robert McRae and U.S. bankruptcy judge William Leffler as mentors in his career, and he maintains memberships with the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the Memphis-Shelby County Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Originally, Mr. Kennedy was inspired to pursue law by his father, who was a lawyer, and by the character Atticus Finch in the famous novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He is most proud of his involvement in a bankruptcy case with Stax Records, which he recalls as one of the most interesting cases in his career. Throughout his career, he has contributed articles to professional journals, and was recognized with a Pillars of Excellence Award from the University of Memphis Alumni Association. He is immensely grateful for his wife, Patricia, who has supported him through his legal career. As a testament to his success and stature, Mr. Kennedy has been featured in the eighth edition of Who’s Who in American Law, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in America.

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