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Hon. Jean K. FitzSimon

Hon. Jean K. FitzSimon

Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States Bankruptcy Judge
Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

Judge FitzSimon started her career at the Department of Justice, supervising staff of 35 attorneys and paraprofessionals conducting litigation under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts and developing federal legal policy in a variety of areas. In 1982, she was appointed Acting United States Trustee for the Northern District of Illinois. Her responsibilities included spearheading the Department's efforts to enact legislation to reconstitute the Bankruptcy Courts in light of the Northern Pipeline case. Leaving the Department of Justice in 1987, Judge FitzSimon spent the next ten years as a private sector attorney in two Phoenix Arizona law firms and founded her own bankruptcy and litigation boutique. Recruited by Sears Roebuck and Company in 1998, she served as associate general counsel, bankruptcy and collections, overseeing local counsel, financial with vendors and advising the company acquisition of assets out of bankruptcy cases. At Sears, Judge FitzSimon moved in a completely new legal direction, becoming Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President/Law. She directed legal staff handling all regulatory, compliance and ethical issues, established and maintained ethics/compliance training company wide and provided advice on business risk. In 2002, she joined Bridge Associates LLC, (NY & Chicago) to become their general counsel as well as to develop a compliance consulting practice. In 2005, she became general counsel/chief compliance officer/corporate secretary at White Hall Jewelers, a publically traded company. In 2006, she was appointed to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Court, where she currently serves. Throughout her legal career Judge FitzSimon has been active as an author, teacher, and leader. She is very active in the American Bar Association, chairing, co-chairing and vicechairing numerous committees over the last 30 years. She was awarded the Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award by the ABA Business Law Section in 2014. She also is a member of the American Law Institute.

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