Claims Agent [Bankruptcy] Law and Legal Definition

A claims agent is a person appointed by the bankruptcy clerk to manage the filing and retention of bankruptcy proofs of claim.

A claim agent is retained under 28 USCS § 156 as an outsourced agent of the clerk of the court. S/he has no ethical or public sector accountability.

“Each bankruptcy judge may appoint a secretary, a law clerk, and such additional assistants as the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts determines to be necessary. The clerk may appoint, with the approval of such bankruptcy judges, and in such number as may be approved by the Director, necessary deputies, and may remove such deputies with the approval of such bankruptcy judges.” [28 USCS § 156].