Hon. Brian K. Tester was appointed as the fourth U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Puerto Rico in San Juan by the First Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 13, 2006, and on March 16, 2009, became the first U.S. Bankruptcy Judge to sit permanently in the U.S. Courthouse in Ponce. In December 2007, Judge Tester was appointed to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit, and in January 2011, he was appointed to the Next Generation of CM/ECF Bankruptcy Functional Requirement Group.
He began his career as an associate for a small law firm in Encino, Calif., until 1993, when he relocated to San Juan, initially working for a chapter 7 trustee. He eventually moved to a small chapter 11 bankruptcy firm and later joined the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of the U.S. Trustee. In 1999, he joined the law firm of Fiddler, Gonzalez & Rodriguez, where he headed its bankruptcy and business reorganization division.
He is a regular speaker for ABI, the Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants, the Federal Judicial Center, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the National Business Institute. Judge Tester is also a professor of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law. He received his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.