HNBA Honors the Honorable Arthur Gonzalez
April 9, 2012 | New York, NY – The Hispanic National Bar Association honored the Honorable Arthur Gonzalez who presided over the high-profile Chapter 11 cases of Enron, WorldCom and Chrysler and recently stepped down as chief of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The reception was hosted by Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.
The crowd of more than 80 guests included most of Gonzalez’s colleagues on his former court, as well as judges from other districts. Diana Sen, immediate past president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, offered remarks, as did Fried Frank bankruptcy and restructuring partner Brad Eric Scheler; Marissa Soto, an associate in Scheler’s department; and Norma Ortiz of the father-daughter law firm Ortiz & Ortiz. Ortiz, who was Gonzalez’s first clerk, highlighted the former judge’s special role as New York State’s first Latino bankruptcy judge and first and only Latino chief judge of a bankruptcy court. Judge Gonzalez then offered his own remarks in response to the tributes. Judge Gonzalez is currently teaching a course on cross-border insolvency cases and relevant law at New York University School of Law.