(October 16, 2018)

Rhoades McKee is pleased to announce that Harold Nelson will be honored with the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Michigan’s Lion of Bankruptcy Award at the State of the Court Luncheon on Friday, October 26.

According to the association, the Lion Award recipient has, over a significant period of time, exhibited a high level of skill in the practice of bankruptcy law, demonstrated a high level of professionalism and ethics, and has made a significant contribution to the practice of bankruptcy law in the Western District of Michigan. In the twenty-six years since its inception, Nelson will be only the ninth recipient.

“Hal Nelson has consistently over a long career demonstrated all of the qualities that exemplify a Lion Award recipient,” stated Norman Witte, Federal Bar Association – Western District Steering Committee Member. “Throughout his career, Hal has demonstrated an excellent understanding of bankruptcy law coupled with the finest judgment and strong advocacy.  As a practitioner, he consistently shows respect and courtesy to the court, litigants and fellow counsel. In short, in his practice he has demonstrated all of the qualities which inspired the Steering Committee to create this award,” he continued.

Witte also identified that Nelson served as the coordinator for the Bankruptcy Section’s pro bono program from its inception until 2017. He regularly worked with debtors and others needing legal assistance to find attorneys willing to represent them without cost. “Hal performed these invaluable services without seeking any credit or recognition for himself; the program simply functioned efficiently and effectively, year after year after year. As a result of Hal’s efforts, literally hundreds of thousands of dollars of legal services have been provided to parties who otherwise could not have afforded legal representation,” stated Witte.

With over 40 years of experience in bankruptcy and financial services, Nelson joined Rhoades McKee as a shareholder in 2011. Nelson earned both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Michigan.


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