HOUSTON, January 6, 2014: The American College of Bankruptcy (“College”) has announced that John F. Higgins will be inducted as a Fellow in the 25th Class of the College on March 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. Thirty three nominees from across the country, including only four from Texas, were honored and recognized for their professional excellence and exceptional contributions to the fields of bankruptcy and insolvency. The College is an honorary professional and educational association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. 

Mr. Higgins is head of the Porter Hedges bankruptcy section. He has represented clients for over 30 years in numerous workouts and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in Texas and across the country. His practice focuses on corporate reorganization, restructuring, acquisitions and litigation. He has extensive experience in representing entities in their Chapter 11 cases and/or out of court restructurings, creditors' committees, Chapter 11 and 7 Trustees, institutional and corporate creditors and directors and officers. 

Mr. Higgins also serves on the Board of Directors of the Turnaround Management Association (Houston Chapter) and is President of the Houston Chapter for 2013. 

The College plays an important role in sustaining professional excellence and supports educational and pro bono efforts in local communities around the country. College Fellows include commercial and consumer bankruptcy attorneys, insolvency accountants, turnaround and workout specialists, law professors, judges, government officials and others involved in the bankruptcy and insolvency community.

Nominees undergo a rigorous nomination process and are extended an invitation to join based on a record of achievement reflecting the highest standards of professionalism. The College now has 831 Fellows, each selected by a Board of Regents from among recommendations of the Circuit Admissions Council in each federal judicial circuit and specially appointed Committees for Judicial and Foreign Fellows. 

Criteria for selection include: the highest standard of professionalism, significant contributions to the community, ethics, character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership contributing to the enhancement of bankruptcy and insolvency law and practice; sustained evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing or writing on bankruptcy or insolvency; and commitment to elevate knowledge and understanding of the profession and public respect for the practice.

For a full list of inductees, please see the College press release here.