Honorable Nicholas W. Whittenburg was sworn in as a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee on June 5, 2015. Judge Whittenburg is a member of both the Tennessee and Georgia bars. Prior to joining the bench, he was a partner at Miller & Martin PLLC's Chattanooga office, where he chaired the firm's Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights and Reorganization Practice Group. While in private practice, he typically represented debtors and creditors in connection with chapter 11 bankruptcy cases filed in numerous districts throughout the country, including Tennessee, Georgia, New York, Delaware, Texas, and Virginia. Before becoming a judge, Judge Whittenburg was recognized as a Mid-South Super Lawyer. He also served two terms as a director of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute.
Judge Whittenburg received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1987. He received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law, with Distinctions, in 1990, where he was selected as a member of the Order of the Coif.
Judge Whittenburg and his wife, Saun, live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They have two children, Katlyn and Baxter, and two grandchildren, Madelyn and Penelope.