Allan L. Gropper was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York on October 4, 2000.
Judge Gropper graduated from Yale College, cum laude, in 1965 and from 1965-1966 was a Fulbright Tutor in English at Christ Church College, Kanpur, India. He graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1969 and became an attorney in the Civil Appeals Unit of the New York City Legal Aid Society. In 1972 Judge Gropper joined the law firm of White & Case, becoming a partner in 1978. He was for many years head of the firm’s bankruptcy and reorganization practice group and was active in many of the nation’s largest Chapter 11 cases, including Manville Corporation, Texaco, LTV Corporation, Federated Department Stores/Allied Stores Corp, Maxwell Communications Corp., MGM, United States Lines, Pan American World Airways, and Waterman Steamship Corp.
Judge Gropper was also active in international insolvencies and restructurings and was located in the White & Case Hong Kong office during the year 1999-2000. He has lectured in several foreign countries on insolvency matters and is a co-editor of a two-volume text entitled International Insolvency published in 2000. He is adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School and teaches a course in International Insolvency Law.