On More Effective Writing

(Used with permission. First published in the Southern District of Florida Courthouse Beacon, December 2021)

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United States Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of Florida, West Palm Beach Division

Hon. Erik P. Kimball, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of Florida, West Palm Beach Division. Erik P. Kimball serves as Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in the Southern District of Florida. He was appointed in 2008 and reappointed in 2022. Judge Kimball received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1990 and his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1987. Judge Kimball began his legal practice at Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale) in the firm’s Boston office. He twice left legal practice to work in the mutual fund industry as an investment professional. At the time of his judicial appointment in 2008, Judge Kimball was a shareholder at Akerman in the firm’s Orlando office. In legal practice, he specialized in representation of institutional investors and indenture trustees in connection with defaults of publicly traded debt securities.

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