The Honorable Robert J. Faris

  • Lecturer in Law


  • BA Reed College 1980
  • JD Order of the Coif Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley 1983


Robert J. Faris is a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Hawaiʻi. He received a BA from Reed College in 1980 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, in 1983. He served as an associate editor of the California Law Review in 1982-83, published “Insurance Corporation of Ireland v. Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee: Justifying Establishment of Jurisdiction as a Discovery Sanction,” 70 Calif. L. Rev. 1446 (1982), and was elected to the Order of the Coif. From 1983 until 2002, he practiced with the Honolulu law firm which is now known as Gelber, Gelber & Ingersoll, emphasizing bankruptcy, insolvency, and commercial litigation. He became a bankruptcy judge in February 2002. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.