On October 4, 2021, Teresa Pearson was sworn in as the newest bankruptcy judge for the District of Oregon. Judge Pearson succeeds Judge Trish M. Brown. Judge Brown swore in her successor in a short ceremony in Courtroom 2 at the Bankruptcy Court in Portland. The event was broadcast on Zoom for chambers and court employees working remotely. Judge Trish M. Brown retired on October 2 and is now on recall.
Judge Pearson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and received a Juris Doctor, with honors, from Duke University School of Law. She became a partner at Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn LLP (formerly known as Miller Nash LLP) in 2005 and was an associate at the firm from 2001 to 2004. Her practice focused primarily on insolvency, reorganization and creditor’s rights. She represented lenders, trade creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees, receivers, debtors, and other clients in all forums where debtor-creditor issues appear out of bankruptcy court, state and federal trial courts. Her practice covered civil litigation and business transactional work. In civil litigation, Pearson managed cases from initial pleading through discovery, motion practice and trial. For business transaction, Pearson negotiated and documented sales of tangible and intangible personal property and real property, loans and settlements.
Judge David Hercher, a former partner of Judge Pearson’s at Miller Nash, introduced her and her family to the bankruptcy court staff.