April 2016

New Judge for District of South Dakota: Roberta A. Colton

Roberta A. Colton was recently appointed as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of South Dakota. This judgeship was transferred to the Middle District of Florida, so Judge Colton will serve in Orlando, Florida.
Judge Colton received her BA in Commerce at the University of Virginia in 1979 and her law degree from the College of William & Mary Law School in 1982, where she served on the law review and was a national moot court finalist.
Judge Colton began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable James C. Hill of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In 1983 she joined the firm of Trenam Law in Tampa, Florida, where her practice focused on business reorganization, debtor/creditor representation in federal bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, foreclosure/lender liability, bankruptcy trustee representation, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy asset sales. While in practice she was named one of the top 10 attorneys in the State of Florida by Super Lawyers and she is a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame.
Judge Colton has served as the Eleventh Circuit Regent for the American College of Bankruptcy, and has been a fellow with the College since 2002. She has chaired the local rules committee for the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court and the grievance committee for the Middle District of Florida District Court. She is a former chair of the Florida Bar Business Law Section, the Florida Bar UCC/Bankruptcy Committee, and the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association. She currently continues to serve as President of the Board of Trustees for the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation.
Welcome, Judge Colton!