Hon. Stacey L. Meisel

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. N.J.

Newark, NJ


The Honorable Stacey L. Meisel became a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey on September 24, 2015; the first African American and person of color appointed as a Bankruptcy Judge in New Jersey.

Before joining the bench, at 29 years old, Judge Meisel co-founded Becker Meisel LLC. She co-chaired the bankruptcy, insolvency, and creditors’ rights practice until her appointment.

Currently, Judge Meisel is a co-author of the Consumer Bankruptcy Manual and the Consumer Bankruptcy Handbook, Thomson Reuters publications. She completed a three-year term on the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ Rules Committee, and now serves as a Governor-at-Large. She also serves on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey Committee on Court Security and the Newark Vicinage Facilities Security Committee, as well as the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, Information Technology Committee. She is a Judicial Advisor to both the Historical Society for the District of New Jersey and the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey. Judge Meisel assisted on the Planning Committee for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts 2023 event Roadways to the Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy or Magistrate Judge? For the past four years, Judge Meisel served as the Judicial Co-Chair for the ABI’s Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop. Judge Meisel also served on the National Association of Women Judges’ Color of Justice Program Committee.

Prior to her appointment, Judge Meisel served on the New Jersey Panel of Bankruptcy Trustees and was the first African American woman to do so. She thrice served on the committee that recommended candidates to the Third Circuit for New Jersey bankruptcy judgeship vacancies. Judge Meisel also participated on the New Jersey Court Registry of Mediators and the Lawyers Advisory Committee to the Board of Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey.

Judge Meisel is a strong believer in community service and looks for a number of ways to give back.

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