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Conrad B. Duberstein, American Federal judge ( law: judicial administration)Bankruptcyfederal judge. Decorated Purple Heart, Bronze Star medal.


Duberstein, Conrad B. was born on October 22, 1915 in New York City. Son of Alex N. and Esther (Drucks) Duberstein.


Born in Bronx, New York, Duberstein graduated from Brooklyn College in 1938, and received a J.D. from St. John's University School of Law in 1942.


A decorated World War II veteran, he became a partner at Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen and chaired the firm's creditor's rights department before being nominated to the bench. He served in the United States Army during World War II, from 1943 to 1945, in the 91st Infantry Division of the 5th Army, serving in combat in Italy. Following the war, he was in private practice in the area of bankruptcy until 1981, first with Schwartz, Rudin and Duberstein, and then with Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston and Rosen.

In 1981, he began his service in the federal bankruptcy court, where he was Chief Judge for over twenty years, from 1984 until his death, in 2005, in New York. The Duberstein Moot Court Competition is named for him, and the Duberstein United States Bankruptcy Courthouse was renamed in his honor in 2009.


  • Bar: New York 1942, United States District Court (eastern district) New York 1945, United States District Court (southern district) New York 1949, United States District Court (northern district) New York 1963, Supreme Court 1960, United States Court 2nd District Court of Appea circuit) 1966.


  • Other Work

    • Author: A Broad View of the New Bankruptcy Code, 1979. Contributing author Bankruptcy Reform Act Manual, Bankruptcy Practice and Strategy.


President St. John's University Council, Levittown Republican Club, New York City, 1960—1961. Fellow: American Bankruptcy Institute, American Bar Foundation. Member: DAV, American Bar Association, History Society Supreme Court, Military Order of Purple Heart, American Legion, Brooklyn Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, American College Bankruptcy, National Conference Bankruptcy Judges, Commercial Law League, Federal Bar Council, B'nai B'rith, Jewish War Veterans.


Married Anne Saggio, May 11, 1928. 1 child Elysa Rice.

Alex N. Duberstein

Esther (Drucks) Duberstein

Anne Saggio

Elysa Rice Duberstein