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Edward A. Godoy Appointed to 1st Circuit Bankruptcy Court

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By Tanya Roth, Esq. on June 24, 2011 10:03 AM

Did you know that Puerto Rico fell within the same judicial circuit as Maine and Massachusetts?

Earlier this year, Chief Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the First Circuit Court of Appeals announced the vacancy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico had been filled.

Edward A. Godoy was selected to full the vacancy in the Puerto Rico bankruptcy court, conditional upon successful completion of a background check, including FBI clearance.

A graduate of Columbia Law School in 1981, Godoy holds a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from Wharton School in Pennsylvania. He is currently a trial attorney at the Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to the First Circuit Court of Appeals press release. He practiced for ten years in that capacity. Prior to joining the DoJ, Godoy worked in federal litigation, professional liability, real estate, insurance and product liability law at the firm of Feldstein, Gelpi & Gotay.

In the press release, Chief Judge Lynch stated that "the Court is very pleased" to have someone with Godoy's "experience, expertise, and temperament" serving on the Bankruptcy Court.

Info on the First Circuit Bankruptcy Courts

The First Circuit has several bankruptcy courts, including the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, which sits in Boston, MA. The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit consists of judges appointed from all of the five districts within the First Circuit. Three-judge panels hear appeals from the bankruptcy courts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island. The Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel is Judge James B. Haines, Jr.

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