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Hon. Laurel M. Isicoff

Hon. Laurel M. Isicoff is Chief Judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, initially appointed on Feb. 13, 2006, and named chief judge on Oct. 1, 2016. She serves on the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System. Judge Isicoff serves on the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System and on its subcommittee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. As a member of the American College of Bankruptcy, she serves a member of its Pro Bono Committee and is immediate past chair of its Judicial Outreach Committee, and from 2021-22 she co-chaired the College’s Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In recognition of that service, as well as her long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, she received the inaugural DEI Excellence Award from the College. Judge Isicoff also currently serves as judicial chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, and as judicial chair of the BLS Financial Literacy Task Force, and she is a member of the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Isicoff specialized in commercial bankruptcy, foreclosure and workout matters both as a transactional attorney and litigator for 14 years with the law firm of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, after practicing for eight years with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, now known as Squire Patton Boggs. Following law school, she clerked for Hon. Daniel S. Pearson at the Florida Third District Court of Appeal before entering private practice. Judge Isicoff is a past president of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and of the Bankruptcy Bar Association (BBA) of the Southern District of Florida, and, until she took the bench, chaired the Pro Bono Task Force for the BBA. She speaks extensively on bankruptcy around the country, and is committed to increasing pro bono service, diversity, equity and inclusion, and financial literacy for all. Judge Isicoff received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1982.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.)