BFKN is pleased to announce that the Judges for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois have selected partner and chair of the Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights Group, Nathan Q. Rugg, to receive one of the “Awards for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service."  This is the fifth consecutive year that the Court has honored Barack Ferrazzano’s pro bono work with this prestigious award.

Bankruptcy Judge Carol Doyle nominated Nate for his work on the Volunteer Attorney Panel, representing indigent parties on a pro bono basis in discrete contested matters and adversary proceedings, and specifically for his latest representation in the United Healthcare Providers v. Gloria Pagan matter. The award will be presented by the Court and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association at the Twenty-Second Annual Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Award Ceremony on June 1, 2022, at the James Benton Parsons Memorial Courtroom, Room 2525 in the Dirksen Courthouse in Chicago.

"Congratulations to Nate Rugg on his selection for the “Award for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service" by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Nate is committed to charitable endeavors personally and professionally, and this award reflects his commitment to representing indigent parties on a pro bono basis in bankruptcy-related matters. Nate is a great lawyer and a wonderful person. We are fortunate to have him as our partner." — Howard J. Kirschbaum, Co-Managing Partner

Nathan is the chair of the firm's Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights Group. He has extensive experience in all aspects of business reorganizations, workouts, and bankruptcies, inside and outside of court restructurings. Nathan is distinguished among his peers, consistently recognized in the areas of Bankruptcy and Reorganization in the Illinois Super Lawyer publication and in the Commercial Bankruptcy and Workout Law categories in the Leading Lawyer publication, and receiving the Peer Review Rating – AV Preeminent, the highest peer rating standard by Martindale-Hubbell.

To learn more about previous Barack Ferrazzano winners, visit:

About the Federal Bar Association

The Federal Bar Association (FBA) represents the federal legal profession. Consisting of more than 16,000 federal lawyers, including 1,200 federal judges, that work together to promote the sound administration of justice and integrity, quality, and independence of the judiciary. The Chicago Chapter has over 550 members and offers a wide variety of programs and events for judges and attorneys engaged in federal practice.

The mission of the FBA is to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of the federal practitioner, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public they serve.

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