Allan L. Gropper was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York on October 4, 2000 and retired on January 9, 2015.
Prior thereto he was a member of the law firm of White & Case, initially as a litigator and later as head of the Bankruptcy and Reorganization group. In the latter capacity he represented clients in connection with some of the nation’s largest Chapter 11 cases, including Manville Corporation, Texaco, LTV Corporation, Federated Department Stores/Allied Stores Corporation, Thatcher Glass Corporation, Maxwell Communications Corp., MGM, and United States Lines. He was also active in international and cross-border restructurings and was located in the White & Case Hong Kong office during the year 1999-2000.
Judge Gropper presently serves as a consultant and expert witness in litigated matters and as an arbitrator and mediator. He is an adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School, a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is a member of the United States delegation to Working Group V (Insolvency Law) of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). He is also a member of the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals and the INSOL International College of Mediation. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.
Judge Gropper has frequently lectured on bankruptcy-related issues and has participated in educational sessions in several nations. He was a consultant to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and advised on the drafting of the first bankruptcy law adopted by the Russian Federation. His publications include the following:
Author, The Mediation of Bankruptcy Disputes in the United States, 14 Transnational Dispute Management, issue 4 (Nov. 2017)
Author, United States Approaches to the Insolvency of Enterprise Groups, 4/2015 Intl. Insolvency L. Rev. 364 (2015)
Author, The Curious Disappearance of Choice of Law as an Issue in Chapter 15 Cases,9 Brook. J. Corp. Fin. & Com. L. 57 (2015)
Author, The Arbitration of Cross-Border Insolvencies, 86 Amer. Bankr. L. J. 201 (2012)