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Judge James M. Peck

Judge James M. Peck

Joined Stern 2013

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 9-150
New York, NY 10012



James M. Peck was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York on January 10, 2006. Before his appointment, Judge Peck was in private practice for over thirty-five years concentrating for much of that time in bankruptcy law, business reorganization and creditors' rights. He was a partner in the reorganization and finance section of the Philadelphia law firm of Duane Morris LLP for ten years before moving to New York City to become co-head of the business reorganization department of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. Judge Peck frequently has served as moderator, speaker or panelist at regional, national and international conferences including those organized by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges ("NCBJ"), the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American College of Bankruptcy, the American Bar Association, the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, the Commercial Law League of America, the New York Institute of Credit, the International Insolvency Institute, INSOL Europe, INSOL International, INSOL New Zealand and the Law Council of Australia.

From 2007 to 2010, Judge Peck served on NCBJ's Board of Governors and was judicial chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute's annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference. In 2011, he was a member of NCBJ's Education Committee and was named to NCBJ's Finance Committee and in 2012 was elected to a three-year term as an at large member of NCBJ's Board of Governors. In addition to these activities, Judge Peck has been a speaker at programs organized by New York University ("NYU") School of Law, Oxford University School of Law, the University of Toronto Law School, the University of British Columbia Law School, Georgetown University School of Law, Nottingham Law School, the University of Texas Law School and Boston College Law School and has been a panelist at continuing legal education programs sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Cincinnati Bar Association. He has also participated in judicial education programs sponsored by the United States Department of Commerce (Bahrain; October 2008), the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (visiting judges from the People's Republic of China, March 2010) and the National Judicial Institute of Canada (Toronto, 2011 and Vancouver, 2012). Judge Peck has been a guest lecturer on a number of occasions at Columbia Business School and NYU's Stern School of Business. By invitation, he is a member of the International Insolvency Institute and The World Bank's Task Force on Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes.

Judge Peck graduated from Dartmouth College in 1967 and received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 1971.

Courses Taught

  • Bankruptcy and Reorganization (B40.3196)