John Faucher

I started doing bankruptcy law in 1993 in law school. I clerked for Judge Alan Jaroslovsky of the Northern District of California, and Chief Judge Joseph Cosetti of the Western District of Pennsylvania. Both men were very different temperamentally, but I learned a great deal from them. The main lesson was that lawyering is difficult, fun, and worthwhile work. In 1994, I started to work as an attorney at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott (200 lawyers), in Pittsburgh. I did both litigation and bankruptcy. Following my wife around the country (she was a business professor at the time), I worked for a small firm in Houston, Texas, an oil company, and finally I spent 10 years at the IRS, both in Houston and in Thousand Oaks. There is nothing to break the ice at cocktail parties like saying you're an attorney for the IRS. At the end of 2008, I left the IRS to see if I could add income and adventure to my life. I haven't gotten the income part yet, but it's getting there; the adventure part is every day.

THQ, Large Local Business Files Chapter 11
Discharging tax debts when the debtor has evaded collection
How does the IRS determine how to attach liens to property?
Form 1099 in Chapter 13 cases
The Silent Tax Lien and the Bankruptcy Trustee
Why can the IRS use a refund to pay off dischargeable taxes?