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Hon. Brenda Rhoades

US Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas

Brenda Rhoades is a judge on the United States bankruptcy court, Eastern District of Texas, serving as chief judge from 2010 to 2017.

Education and Career

  • Born in Seoul, Korea, Judge Rhoades immigrated to the United States with her family.
  • Rhoades received her Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from Texas A&M University and her J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law.
  • Began her law career as a young associate with the Akin Gump firm and, later, as a partner with Baker Botts LLP.


Federal Judicial Service
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit selected Chief Judge Rhoades for appointment as a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Texas at Plano in 2003. She is the first Asian American on the bankruptcy bench in the Fifth Circuit.