Adjunct Professor William J. Lafferty is a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Northern District of California, Oakland division. Prior to his appointment to the bench in April 2011, Judge Lafferty was a Director
(Partner) in the Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Department at The Law Firm Once Known as Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk and Rabkin (now, Arnold & Porter, post January 1, 2012). While at Howard Rice, Judge Lafferty's practice focused on insolvency and insolvency-related issues, including representation of chapter 11 debtors, chapter 11 trustees, creditor committees, equity committees, secured creditors, and parties to bankruptcy-related litigation. His representations included some of the largest and most complex bankruptcy related matters filed in California, including representing Pacific Gas and Electric Company as a debtor in possession in its landmark chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
Prior to joining Howard Rice in November 1987, Judge Lafferty served as the first law clerk to the then-newly appointed Bankruptcy Judge Thomas E. Carlson.
Judge Lafferty graduated from Hastings Law School in May 1985, and served on the Constitutional Law Quarterly during his second year. Judge Lafferty graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Rhetoric, and honors in general scholarship, in 1978.
In his spare time Judge Lafferty enjoys reading (lyric poetry and history), growing grapes on his small vineyard, and chasing his dog Sparky, an eight year old Golden Retriever, around the house.