The Honorable Colleen A. Brown, Biography


COLLEEN A. BROWN has served as the Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Vermont since April 10, 2000. She received a B.A., cum laude, with honors in philosophy, from Colgate University in 1979, and a J.D., cum laude, from Buffalo Law School in 1983. Prior to beginning her judicial service, Judge Brown was a partner in the law firm of Lawrence, Werner, Kesselring, Swartout & Brown, LLP, where her practice focused on bankruptcy, both debtors’ and creditors’ rights, foreclosure, workouts, and bankruptcy - family law issues. She also previously served as law clerk to Hon. Beryl E. McGuire, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of New York, as the Estate Administrator in that court, as the Assistant United States Trustee for the Western District of New York, and as in-house counsel to The Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Company.

Since being appointed to the bench, Judge Brown has chaired the first Vermont Rule of Law Conference (2008), served as a member of the First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (2002 – 2003), as an author for Collier on Bankruptcy 15th edition revised (2010-present), and as an associate editor of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal (2013-present). Judge Brown has been a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges since 2000, and is currently serving her second term as the Second Circuit representative to its board of governors, as well as serving on its election committee, NCBJ-UST Liaison Committee, NCBJ-NAWJ Liaison Committee, and the Board’s cost containment task force. Judge Brown is a member of the National Association of Women Judges and co-chairs its federal judges committee. She is also an active member of the Vermont Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Judge Brown was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association's President's Pro Bono Service Award in 1992 and of the Vermont Bar Association’s Pro Bono Service Award in 2006. She resides in Middlebury, Vermont.