Joseph "Jerry" Patchan

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Joseph "Jerry" Patchan
Occupation former Director
Employer United States Trustee Program

Joseph "Jerry" Patchan is the former director for the United States Trustee Program. He has more than forty years of bankruptcy service as a judge, attorney, educator, author and administrator.[1] He was awarded the William L. Norton, Jr. Judicial Excellence Award on October 20, 2009. He is the author of Practice Comments from Federal Rules of Bankruptcy and has recently served as a consultant for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank where he was involved in proposed legislative changes to Mexican Corporate and Insolvency Practice.


Patchan began his career as a solo practitioner in 1951 and later joined the Nadler firm, becoming involved in bankruptcy matters for 14 years.[2] He soon was appointed bankruptcy referee by the district court and was a referee until 1975 when he joined the well-known Cleveland law firm of Baker & Hostetler. He served on the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules from 1978 to 1991. While Director of the U.S. Trustee Program, he served in an ex-officio capacity from 1995 to 2000. He also was an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University.

Patchan established the National Bankruptcy Training Institute, was the Executive Director of the U.S. Trustee program, was a member of the Advisory Committee of Bankruptcy Rules, was a founding member and former board member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, a Fellow and former Board Member of the American College of Bankruptcy.

He was named to the FDIC Advisory Committee on June 3, 2011.[3]



  1. Joseph "Jerry" Patchan Selected As Fourth Recipient of of William L. Norton, Jr. Judicial Excellence Award. Norton Institutes.
  2. Remarks on the Occasion of the Presentation of the College's Distinguished Service Award to Jerry Patchan. American College.
  3. Press Release. The Investment Authority.