On April 6, 2021, J. Kate Stickles was sworn in as the newest judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.  Judge Stickles becomes the latest judge to join the Delaware Bankruptcy Court since Judges John T. Dorsey and Karen B. Owens were sworn onto the bench in 2019.

Judge Stickles has thirty years of experience, previously working for Cole Schotz P.C. and Saul Ewing LLP.  According to an Announcement issued by the Delaware Bankruptcy Court, Judge Stickles represented “debtors, creditors, official committees, examiners, post-confirmation trustees and other interested parties in Chapter 11 proceedings”, and has been recognized as a leading bankruptcy practitioner in Chambers USA since 2010.

The recent appointment of Judge Stickles brings the total number of judges in the Delaware Bankruptcy Court to seven.  Judge Stickles replaces former Judge Kevin J. Carey, who retired in 2019 and now works with the firm of Hogan Lovells. The Delaware Bankruptcy Court is one of the most active bankruptcy courts in the nation, leading the country in Chapter 11 filings in 2020.

Carl D. Neff is a partner with the law firm of Pierson Ferdinand LLP, and practices in Delaware. You can reach Carl at (302) 482-4244 or at carl.neff@pierferd.com.