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Judge Wilson served as a United States Bankruptcy
Judge in the Central District of California, 1985-1999; Assistant
U.S. Attorney, Central District of California, 1958-1960.
EXPERIENCE AND SPECIALTIES
Judge Wilson has had a long and distinguished
career as an attorney and bankruptcy judge in Southern California.
After 18 months as an assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles,
he was a litigator and trial lawyer with the firm of Hill Farrer
& Burrill from 1960 to 1985. He specialized in civil and business
litigation as well as bankruptcy cases, representing secured and
unsecured creditors, Chapter 11 debtors, trustees and creditor committees.
Judge Wilson arbitrated cases for the American Arbitration Association
for over 10 years while in private practice and wrote the Rules
for Arbitration of Fee Disputes while chairman of the Los Angeles
Bar Association Arbitration Committee. These rules later became
the model for the rules adopted by the California State Bar.
Appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in 1985, Judge
Wilson presided over many complex business cases, including Financial
Corporation of America, at one time the largest Chapter 11 case
in history. He gained a reputation as a successful settlement judge;
one of two judges whom other bankruptcy judges of the Central District
often referred difficult matters. Since retiring in 1999 he has
mediated scores of cases with an almost 100% success result. He
is known for his relaxed, informal style and his ability to get
litigants to focus on issues, even in highly emotional disputes.
LLB, Stanford Law School, 1954,
AB, Economic, Tufts University, 1951
Basic and Advanced Courses in Mediation, Pepperdine
Chairperson, Los Angeles County Arbitration
Business, Contract, Construction, Bankruptcy,
Fraud, Complex civil litigation, attorney malpractice, attorney
fee disputes and all litigation arising in bankruptcy cases.