The U.S. Court of Appeals for Third Circuit has selected two attorneys to fill newly created judgeships in one of the most active courts for commercial bankruptcies and is asking for public comments on their qualifications by March 22.

Two Wilmington, Del., attorneys, John T. Dorsey, a partner with Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Karen B. Owens, a director in Ashby & Geddes P.A.'s bankruptcy and insolvency group, have been tentatively selected to fill the new positions in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware.

Dorsey has represented clients in complex commercial cases in the Delaware courts for more than 26 years. Owens has a diverse practice representing corporate debtors and secured and unsecured creditor constituencies. She’s also expanded her bankruptcy practice to commercial civil litigation in state and federal court.

The Feb. 22 appointments to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware would become final after background checks and the public comment period, Deputy Circuit Executive Joel McHugh told Bloomberg Law.

The Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017 authorized the appointment of additional bankruptcy judges in Delaware based on the court’s workload as determined by the administrative overseer of federal courts, the Judicial Conference of the United States.

The Judicial Council of the Third Circuit selected Dorsey and Owens after considering recommendations by a merit selection committee and interviewing possible candidates.

The search to replace Judge Kevin Carey of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware who will be retiring Aug. 31, will be announced by the Third Circuit later in the year, McHugh said.