The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has appointed Phoenix attorney and Ahwatukee resident Paul Sala to serve as a judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona.

Sala took the bench on July 1 after being sworn into office by Chief District Judge Raner C. Collins of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. He will serve in the bankruptcy court’s Phoenix division, filling a position created by the retirement of Judge Sarah Sharer Curley.

Sala, 52, has practiced law in Phoenix for 27 years. Since 1999, he had been a member in the law firm of Allen, Sala & Bayne, PLC, where he represented trustees, business entities and individuals in pre bankruptcy workouts and Chapter 7, 11 and 13 matters.

The court uses a comprehensive merit selection process for the initial appointment and for reappointments. Bankruptcy judges serve a 14-year, renewable term and handle all bankruptcy-related matters under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

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