Hon. Scott C. Clarkson

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal.

Santa Ana, CA


Judge Scott C. Clarkson is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California, appointed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on January 20, 2011. Prior to his appointment, he was Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section (2008-2009) and served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum and the Los Angeles Financial Lawyers Conference. 

He has previously served as Judicial Chair of the California Bankruptcy Forum, several American Bankruptcy Institute’s Battleground West Programs, and the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors’ National Conference. He has served as co-chair of the Legislative Committee of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and he is currently a member of the ABI Task Force on Veterans and Servicemembers Affairs. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Federal Bar Association and the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum.

Judge Clarkson is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington (BA) and George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA, where he was a member and an editor of the Law Review. He was admitted to the Bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the State of California. He was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1988.

Beginning in January 1977, Judge Clarkson was a legislative assistant to a United States Congressman serving on the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was a direct observer and participant in the drafting of the Bankruptcy Code of 1978. He served on the first Board of Advisors for the Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (1979).

Judge Clarkson has served as a judicial mediator in various cases over the last twelve years, including Exide Technologies, Inc. (Delaware), Ruby’s Diners (Los Angeles), Eagen Avenatti, LLC (Orange County), and the City of San Bernardino, California (San Bernardino). He has presided over dozens of other judicial mediations over his career.

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