Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is retiring, effective Wednesday.
His measured tone, punctual arrival and pointed questions for attorneys became hallmarks of Detroit’s bankruptcy proceedings. During the 17-month case, he read more than 9,200 filings and issued hundreds of orders.
Rhodes spent 30 years on the federal bench, some of those as the chief bankruptcy judge on an appellate level panel.
The law wasn’t his first or only interest. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and he plays guitar in a band.
The chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will designate Rhodes’s successor to preside over the Detroit case.