Tina L. Brozman, a former chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District, died yesterday afternoon of complications from ovarian cancer. She was 54.
Born in Chappaqua and a resident of Mamaroneck, Ms. Brozman graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 1976. That year, she began practicing law at Anderson Russell Kill & Olick in New York City.
In 1985, she was appointed a bankruptcy court judge. She was elevated to chief judge in 1996.
While on the bench, she worked with United Kingdom High Court Judge Leonard Hamilton to resolve the bankruptcy of Robert Maxwell’s businesses, which in this country included the New York Post. That made her the first U.S. judge to coordinate insolvency proceedings for a multi-billion dollar, international company (NYLJ, Nov. 5, 1999).
Ms. Brozman’s work in the Maxwell case contributed to the formulation of a model United Nations law and was incorporated into the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
She left the court in 2000 to join Boston-based Bingham Dana (now Bingham McCutchen) as a partner in its New York office. She was attracted to the firm by its international insolvency practice. She eventually became co-leader of Bingham’s financial restructuring practice group and deputy chair of the firm’s financial institutions area.
Ms. Brozman recently acted as counsel to the trustee in the high-profile Refco bankruptcy case.
She is survived by her husband, Andrew, a financial restructuring partner at Clifford Chance; her son Nicholas, 24; and twin daughters, Alix and Wallis, 20.
Funeral services are private, but a public memorial ceremony will be held at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 1 Bowling Green, on Thursday, July 19 at 4 p.m.
Donations can be sent to the Honorable Tina L. Brozman Foundation, a charity devoted to the promotion of awareness of ovarian cancer, at Bingham McCutchen, c/o Amy Kyle, 150 Federal Street, Boston, Mass., 02110.