Hon. Stacey G.C. Jernigan
United States Bankruptcy Judge
Dallas, TX


Judge Stacey Jernigan was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, on May 12, 2006. She earned her B.B.A., magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 1986 and her  J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in 1989.

Judge Jernigan practiced law for 17 years in the Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy Practice Group of the international law firm of Haynes and Boone, LLP (Dallas, Texas office), 1989-2006 as an associate, partner, and head of the bankruptcy practice group.   Judge Jernigan represented mostly debtors, committees, and purchasers in large, complex Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts.

Her miscellaneous experience includes serving as adviser to the California Legislature, Sacramento, California, in connection with the California utility financial crisis in 2001.

Judge Jernigan holds many professional memberships and honors:  Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification; Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy; Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation; Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation; Master, Board Member, and Bankruptcy Course Instructor for John C. Ford American Inn of Court; Member, American Bankruptcy Institute; Member, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges; Member, State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section; Member, Dallas Bar Association Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section.  She was selected by D Magazine in 2002 as one of Dallas’ “Best Lawyers Under 40”; by Texas Monthly Law & Politics as one of the “Texas Super Lawyers” in various years; and named in the 2005 and 2006 editions of Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the leading lawyers in the bankruptcy practice field in Texas. 

Her hobbies are sports-spectating (most anything), writing, and traveling.