Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez (retired)
Judge Gonzalez was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1947. Judge Gonzalez received an undergraduate degree in accounting from Fordham University in 1969 and a master’s degree in education from Brooklyn College in 1974. He received a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1982 and received an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law in 1990. Judge Gonzalez was an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service earning the Chief Counsel’s Special Achievement Award for three consecutive years. Thereafter, he practiced with the firms of Pollner, Mezan, Stolzberg, Berger & Glass, P.C. and Gaston & Snow in New York City. Judge Gonzalez was appointed Assistant United States Trustee in the Southern District of New York in 1991 and United States Trustee for Region 2 (Second Circuit) in 1993, serving in that position until his appointment to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in 1995 for a fourteen-year term. At the completion of his first term in 2009, he was reappointed to another term. In early 2010, Judge Gonzalez became Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. On March 1, 2012, Judge Gonzalez retired as a Bankruptcy Judge and became a full-time professor of law as a Senior Fellow at New York University School of Law.