Today is: Thursday, May 23, 2019

Judge Michael S. McManus


       Michael S. McManus was appointed to the bankruptcy bench on January 11, 1994, and was reappointed to a second term on January 11, 2008. Judge McManus initially served in the Modesto Division of the Eastern District of California, then transferred to the Sacramento Division. Through 2010, Judge McManus also served as a District of Nevada judge, hearing bankruptcy cases in the Reno Division.

       Judge McManus served as the Eastern District’s chief bankruptcy judge from November 3, 2000 through September 30, 2008. During his tenure as chief judge, Judge McManus was the chair of the Ninth Circuit Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges, an observer on the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit, and an ex officio member of Court- Council on Bankruptcy Judge Appointments. He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

       Before taking the bench on January 11, 1994, Judge McManus was a partner at Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan, where he practiced bankruptcy law. During that time he also served as Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Debtor/Creditor Relations and Bankruptcy Committee of the Business Law Section, State Bar of California from 1987 to 1990. In 1986 Felderstein, Rosenberg & McManus, a bankruptcy and commercial law firm, in which he was a partner/shareholder, merged with Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan.

       Judge McManus graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975 with B.A. degrees in Criminology and Psychology. He received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1978.

Street Address

501 I Street, Suite 3-200
Sacramento, California 95814

Courtroom Deputy

Sarah Head
(916) 930-4582

Law Clerk(s)

Katie Riley
Valery Loumber

Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, "chambers copies" of pleadings for law and motion calendar items are not to be provided to the court and will be automatically recycled (not returned to counsel) by the Clerk if submitted.