A Portland attorney was appointed judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oregon on Wednesday, according to a news release.

David Walter Hercher will succeed Bankruptcy Judge Randall J. Dunn, who retired this month after 18 years on the bench.

Hercher, appointed by Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, begins his 14-year term Monday, when he’s sworn in at a ceremony presided over by Chief Bankruptcy Judge Trish M. Brown of the District of Oregon.

Hercher, 61, has been a partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Portland, since 1989, according to the release. Born in Medford, he obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1977 and a juris doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1981.

He was first certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification in 1993. He has also served on various committees of the Oregon State Bar.

The bankruptcy court for Oregon received nearly 9,500 filings in fiscal year 2016, according to the release from the Ninth Circuit public information office. Oregon is authorized five bankruptcy judges, who are appointed by Ninth Circuit appellate judges according to merit.

— Bulletin staff report

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