145 U.S. BAnkrUptCy CoUrt, northern DiStriCt // jUDICIAL pROfILEs «
at Troutman Sanders, former chairwoman of the Bankruptcy
Practice Group, former chairwoman of the bankruptcy sections
of the Atlanta Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia.
Former president of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute;
former chairwoman of the Women In the Profession Committee
of the Atlanta Bar Association. Appointed to the Bankruptcy
Court for the Northern District of Georgia in February 2004.
policies, procedures and Recommendations:
1. Division Designation: MGD
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial orders: In adversary proceedings only
3. Require dispute resolution: Never required, suggested in appropriate circumstances
4. Telephone conferencing: Yes
5. Special settings: Yes
6. Attaching supporting authorities: No
7. Letter briefs: No
8. Filings on computer disk: No preference
9. Voir dire: N/A
10. Court hours/breaks: 9: 30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Breaks approximately
every 2 hours
11. Available audio-visual equipment: By special arrangement
12. Using audio-visual equipment: No set rules
13. Trial exhibits: Copies must be provided to court three days in
advance of trial
14. Courtroom decorum: No special rules, must adhere to general rules of courtesy and respect.
15. Jury charges: N/A
16. Pattern charges: N/A
17. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury, criminal: N/A
18. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury, civil: N/A
19. What constitutes good cause for granting continuances: In
most cases, consent of parties is sufficient. Court will consider
personal and medical circumstances.
20. What constitutes good cause for discovery: In most cases,
consent will be sufficient. If contested, must be complex case or
delay by other party.
21. Order preparation guidelines: Directions given orally in open
22. Suggestions/admonitions for counsel: Be prepared. Talk to
the opposing parties before a hearing.
judge W. Homer Drake
College: Mercer University, 1954
Law school: Mercer University, 1956
Born: Nov. 21, 1932
previous Experience: Law clerk, U.S. District Judge Lewis R.
Morgan, 1961-64; judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 1964-76; chief
judge, 1968-76; partner, Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, 1976-
79; current position, 1979-present.
United States Bankruptcy Court,
Northern District of Georgia
75 Spring St. S.W.
Atlanta, Ga. 30303
Chief judge C. Ray Mullins
Law school: University of Toledo
previous Experience: Appointed as U.S. bankruptcy judge
judge paul W. Bonapfel
College: Florida State University,
Law school: University of Georgia
School of Law, 1975
previous Experience: Law clerk,
U.S. District Judge Wilbur D. Owens
Jr., Middle District of Georgia, 1975-77; associate, Nicholson,
Meals & McLaughlin, 1977-80; Cotton, White & Palmer, P.A.,
1980-1982; Lamberth, Bonapfel, Cifelli & Stokes, 1982-2001.
judge Robert E. Brizendine
College: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1968
Law school: Vanderbilt University, 1971
Born: 1946, Franklin, Ky.
previous Experience: Scroggins & Brizendine; current
position since 1993
judge Mary Grace Diehl
College: Canisius College, Buffalo,
Law school: Harvard Law School,
Born: Buffalo, N. Y.
previous Experience: Litigator