Frank J. Bailey was appointed on January 30, 2009 and he served as Chief Judge from December 2010 until December 2015. His chambers are in Boston and he is assigned to the Eastern Division. He was born in Kingston, New York, received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service (BSFS) in 1977 and his JD from Suffolk University School of Law (Boston) in 1980. He also serves on the First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. Judge Bailey taught legal writing and research at Boston University School of Law from 1981 to 1993. In addition, he currently teaches the course in Business Bankruptcy at Suffolk University School of Law in Boston.
Judge Bailey served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Herbert P. Wilkins of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1980-81. He was an associate at the Boston office of Sullivan & Worcester LLP until 1987 where he practiced in the litigation and corporate restructuring departments. He spent the next twenty-two years as a partner at the firm of Sherin and Lodgen LLP where he served as the Chairman of the Litigation Department and as a member of the firm’s management committee. At the firm, his practice focused on complex business litigation and business bankruptcy. He often represented clients in the medical device, pharmaceutical and high technology businesses.
Judge Bailey was appointed by the First Circuit to oversee the financial restructuring of the City of Central Falls, Rhode Island, a rare Chapter 9 case. The City of Central Falls filed a contested plan of readjustment that was confirmed in a little more than a year from filing.
Judge Bailey serves on the Board of Governors of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and was chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges of the American Bar Association. In addition, he serves on the Standing Committee on Diversity in the American Judiciary of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association and co-chairs the Diversity Committee of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts.