King Award 2019The Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy

The Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy is given to recognize that lawyer, judge, teacher or legislator who exemplifies the best in scholarship, advocacy, judicial administration or legislative activities in the field of bankruptcy. The recipient exemplifies the standards set by Professor King during a lifetime of devotion to the practice and practitioners of bankruptcy. She or he has made a lasting contribution to the improvement of commerce and to the fair and ethical treatment of debtors, creditors and the public at large.

Congratulations  G. Eric Brunstad, Jr., 2019 recipient of the Lawrence. P. King Award!
The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Education Program at the NCJB in Washington, DC on October 31, 2019 included the presentation of the Lawrence P. King Award to G. Eric Brunstad, Jr. G. Eric Brunstad, Jr. is a partner at Dechert, LLP. He has argued 10 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including matters involving bankruptcy, the First Amendment, fee-shifting, taxation, the Commerce Clause, statutory interpretation, jurisdiction, and arbitration. In addition to the cases he has argued, Eric has worked on over 60 other matters in the Supreme Court. He has also argued and briefed numerous cases in most of the federal courts of appeals, and has argued two en banc matters in the Third and Eighth Circuits. In addition to his practice, he is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School and a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at New York University School of Law, teaching courses on bankruptcy, argument and reason, federal jurisdiction, commercial transactions, secured transactions, and international insolvency law. He has also taught at the Harvard Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. He is the 2019 recipient of the American Bar Association Business Law Section National Public Service Award for his pro bono work.
Eric’s Judicial Clerkship was served under Hon. T. Emmet Clarie, U.S. District Court, D. Conn., 1986-87
Eric received his J.S.D. in 2014, and his LL.M. in 2011 from Yale Law School. In 1986, he earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where he served as the Associate Editor and Contributing Editor of the Michigan Law Review. Prior to that, he received his BA from Connecticut College in 1983, as a magna cum laude graduate.
Eric is a contributing author for the Collier treatise on bankruptcy law, has published a number of scholarly articles, and has lectured widely on a broad range of subjects. He has also published a textbook, “Secured Transactions, Teaching Materials,” with his co-author, Professor Jim White.

Previous Recipients of the King Award


Year Recipient
 2002  Senator Elizabeth Warren
 2003  The Honorable Joe Lee
 2004  Professor David Epstein
 2005  The Honorable A. Thomas Small
 2006  George Treister
 2007  The Honorable Alexander Paskay
 2008  The Honorable Robert Ginsberg
 2009  The Honorable Eugene Wedoff
 2010  The Honorable Burton R. Lifland
 2011  The Honorable Judith K. Fitzgerald
 2012  Justice John Paul Stevens
 2013  Honorable A. Jay Cristol
 2014  Ronald Peterson
 2015  The Honorable Steven Rhodes
 2016  The Honorable Dennis Montali
 2017  Professor Nancy B. Rapoport
 2018 Jay. L. Westbrook