Many members of our section are deserving of awards. We are proud of these members that have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to our section.
This award is presented to a Texas bankruptcy legend who has had a lasting impact on the development of the Texas bankruptcy practice. It is the Section’s highest and most distinguished award.
“Banco Rotto” is Italian for “broken bench” and is the earliest phrase that is associated with the concept of bankruptcy, and is the phrase from which our English term “bankruptcy” is derived. Just as we can trace the origins of bankruptcy to this phrase, the Bankruptcy Law Section honors the recipients of the Banco Rotto award for their contributions to, and their lasting impact on, the bankruptcy profession.
2017 - Robin Phelan
2016 - The Honorable Harlin D. Hale
2015 - The Honorable Richard Schmidt
2014 - ProfessorJay Westbrook
2013 - The Honorable Carolyn King
2012 - The Honorable John C. Akard
2011 - The Honorable Robert McGuire
2010 - The Honorable Larry Kelly
2009 - The Honorable Bill Brister
2008 - The Honorable Dean M. Gandy