Redfield T. Baum, Sr. was a bankruptcy court judge for the United States bankruptcy court, District of Arizona. He was appointed to the bench in 1990, and retired on February 13, 2013, succeeded on the court by Eddward Ballinger, Jr. In 1970, Baum earned his bachelor's degree in history from Arizona State University, and later graduated from Arizona State University College of Law with his J.D. in 1973. Baum practiced privately in Phoenix for 20 years before he was appointed to the District of Arizona. From 1973 to 1980, he practiced with and became a partner at the Arizona law firm of Rawlins, Ellis, Burris & Kiewit. He then transitioned his practice to become a partner and director at the O’Connor, Cavanagh, Anderson, Westover, Killingsworth & Beshears law firm, which was one of the largest law firms in Arizona at the time. While there, Baum concentrated in commercial law, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy, chapter 11 reorganizations, and litigation. In 2000, Baum was chosen one of the 10 "outstanding bankruptcy judges" by Turnarounds & Workouts, a respected bankruptcy publication. Baum was also one of the original authors of the Arizona Civil Remedies Book. In August 1996, Baum participated in the program “Reducing the Risk: Promoting Mutual Understanding in Insolvency Practices” given in San Jose, Costa Rica. The event was co-sponsored by the Associacion Costarricense de Derecho Internacional and the American Bankruptcy Institute. In 2005, Baum spoke at the International Bar Association’s annual meeting in the Czech Republic. Four years later, in 2009, Baum, along with Judge Charles Case and attorney Thomas J. Salerno, were invited to visit Prague and teach Czech insolvency judges, trustees, and practitioners how to write a good reorganization plan, how to value assets, and how to understand the dynamics of bankruptcy negotiation among various interest groups.
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