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Phillips tapped as bankruptcy judge

The judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals have named Richmond lawyer Keith L. Phillips to a seat on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Richmond Division of the Eastern District of Virginia.

Phillips will succeed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Douglas O. Tice Jr., who will retire June 30. Tice has served on the court since 1987. Phillips is expected to take his seat in the fall, according to a media advisory from the court.

Phillips is a principal of the Richmond law firm of Phillips & Fleckenstein PC.

He is a 1976 graduate of the College of William & Mary and earned his law degree from the University of Richmond in 1979. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Walter B. Hoffman in Norfolk after law school.

He has represented debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees and trustees in all chapters under the bankruptcy code. He has been a mediator in bankruptcy-related disputes; he has served as a Chapter 7 trustee for 27 years and as a Chapter 11 trustee.

– Paul Fletcher

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