Henry J. Boroff
Visiting Professor of Law and Jurist in Residence | United States Bankruptcy Judge, District of Massachusetts
Courses Taught: Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions
Henry J. Boroff has been a Visiting Professor and Jurist in Residence at Western New England University School of Law since July of 2016, and previously an adjunct professor at the Law School since 1996. From 1993 until his retirement in 2016, he served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Massachusetts, handling cases throughout Massachusetts, as well as in New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Judge Boroff was Chief Judge of the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court from 2006 until 2010, and from 1996 through 2016 an appellate judge on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit. During his time on the bench, Judge Boroff authored more than 300 decisions and presided over more than 50,000 bankruptcy cases, including such notable cases as the Arthur D. Little companies (an international enterprise); New England Compounding Corporation (whose adulterated medications resulted in over 70 deaths and 800 injuries); GT Advanced Technologies (including its dispute with the Apple corporation); and North Adams Regional Hospital.
Judge Boroff is a graduate of Boston University (A.B. 1972, Magna Cum Laude) and Boston University Law School (J.D. 1975). Following law school graduation, Judge Boroff practiced with the law offices of Friedman & Atherton in Boston and, in 1981, formed his own firm, later called Boroff & Associates, concentrating in the areas of bankruptcy and business litigation. He served as a member of the Chapter 7 Trustee Panels for the Worcester, Massachusetts area (1981-84) and the Greater Boston area (1992-93).
Judge Boroff has been a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and related topics to judicial bodies, legal education organizations and industry groups, including the Massachusetts state judiciary, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Commercial Law League of America and the Volunteer Lawyers Service division of the Massachusetts Justice Project. In addition to teaching at Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1996 to the present time, he also taught bankruptcy law at Northeastern University Law School from 1998 to 2000. In his previous life, Judge Boroff served as Chair of the Bankruptcy Committee (now the Bankruptcy Section) of the Boston Bar Association (1987-90) and Chair of the New England District of the Commercial Law League of America (1983-84). He is a member of the Boston, Hampden County, Hampshire County, and Massachusetts Bar Associations.