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Hon. Redfield Baum


THE HON. REDFIELD T. BAUM SR. has been a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Arizona since 1990. He was the Chief Judge of the Arizona Bankruptcy Court from 2005 to 2009. Judge Baum has been an active member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges serving on the Board of Governors, the finance, elections, site selection and legislative committees, and he runs its annual golf tournament. He has served multiple times as a judge pro tem on the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and has served on the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Judges' education and local rules committees. He was also a member of the Arizona State Federal Judicial Council. He has served as a visiting judge and settlement judge in other districts in the Ninth Circuit. He helped create and implement the Alternative Dispute Resolution program adopted by the Arizona Bankruptcy Court. Prior to his appointment, Judge Baum was a partner and director at the O'Connor, Cavanagh, Anderson, Westover, Killingsworth &Beshears law firm, one of the then largest law firms in Arizona, where he concentrated in commercial law, creditor's rights, bankruptcy, chapter 11 reorganizations, and litigation. From 1973 to 1980, he practiced with and became a partner at the Arizona law firm of Rawlins, Ellis, Burris & Kiewit. He graduated with honors from Arizona State University [B.A. History] in 1970 and from Arizona State University College of Law in 1973. Judge Baum was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army in 1970 and became a captain prior to his discharge. He has been on the board of directors of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University Alumni Association for many years.