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Hon. Mary Ann Whipple

US Bankruptcy Court


Mary Ann Whipple is in her second term as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the

Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, at Toledo. The United States Court of Appeals for the

Sixth Circuit initially appointed Judge Whipple on May 1, 2001. She also served a four year term

as a member of the Sixth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Judge Whipple grew up in Toledo and is a graduate of

Thomas A. DeVilbiss High School. Judge Whipple graduated from the University of Michigan in

1977 with an A.B. degree in Russian Studies and from Stanford Law School in 1981. Before being

appointed as a bankruptcy judge, she practiced law for twenty years as a commercial, bankruptcy

and employment litigator with the Toledo firm Fuller & Henry Ltd. Judge Whipple taught

Creditor/Debtor Law for many years as a part-time faculty member at the University of Toledo

College of Law.

Judge Whipple has served her community as a member of the boards of trustees of the

Owens Community College Foundation, American Red Cross-Greater Toledo Area Chapter, the

Lucas County Mental Health Board, the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, Family Service of

Northwest Ohio and the University of Michigan Club of Greater Toledo. Judge Whipple received

The Toledo Bar Association’s 2008 Community Service Award and the Toledo Women’s Bar

Association’s 2016 Arabella Babb Mansfield Award. She is a master in and a past president of The

Morrison R. Waite Chapter of the American Inns of Court Foundation.