Day Pitney partner James J. Tancredi has been appointed a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the District of Connecticut. He fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Alan H.W. Shiff, who served for nearly 40 years.

“As one of the top bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers in Connecticut, Jim will be an outstanding judge and the people and lawyers of the State will be the beneficiaries. We are sorry to lose him from our ranks, but are proud that Jim’s impressive career included time at Day Pitney,” said Day Pitney Managing Partner Stanley A. Twardy, Jr.

For more than 30 years, Tancredi has represented financial institutions, creditors’ committees, bondholders, investors, acquirers, trustees, receivers and debtors in asset recovery actions, reorganizations, bankruptcies and insolvency proceedings. Tancredi is one of the co-founders of Day Pitney’s Business Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group.

“This achievement is a reflection of the incredible work he has done throughout his career, and we wish him all the best in this exciting new chapter,” said Joshua Cohen, chair of Day Pitney’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice.