On March 17, Gonzaga Law graduate Madeleine C. Wanslee (1988) took the bench as the United States Bankruptcy Court Judge for the District of Arizona. A position appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the judgeship was vacated by retiring Chief Judge Randall Haines.
Discovering a Passion
While attending Gonzaga Law, Wanslee worked at a small bankruptcy firm in Spokane while serving as executive editor of the Law Review. After graduating, Wanslee clerked for the Honorable Robert Clive Jones, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada. After the clerkship, Wanslee joined the firm Gust Rosenfeld, where she focused her practice on creditors’ rights and related state and federal court litigation, including commercial and consumer bankruptcy, loan workouts, foreclosure, replevin, deficiency and guarantor actions.
A Career in Bankruptcy
While practicing, Wanslee has served as a member of the Executive Committee of Gust Rosenfeld and Co- Chair of the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. She is recognized in the Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law category of the Best Lawyers in America® and in the Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights category of Southwest Super Lawyers.® Wanslee has been Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification, an American Bar Association-accredited program since 1999. Wanslee also writes and presents reguarly on topics of bankruptcy.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed practicing law in this field with my colleagues at Gust Rosenfeld and very much appreciate the support I have received,” said Wanslee in an interview with her firm. “I am honored to be appointed to the bankruptcy bench and I look forward to serving the public as a judge.”