International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that Annette Jarvis, a partner in the Firm’s Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee has been named Utah’s 2016 “Lawyer of the Year,” by the Utah State Bar. The Utah State Bar has honored its most outstanding lawyers since 1970. During the award’s 45-year history, Ms. Jarvis, now becomes the fourth woman to garner this award.
Annette Jarvis is one of the nation’s leading bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers. Her successful career has included work that spanned the globe, having represented numerous domestic and foreign companies in U.S. bankruptcy proceedings, bankruptcy appeals, and related litigation. A fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, she is widely recognized for her preeminence in representing numerous parties in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts. She also represents receivers in state and federal receivership cases, and she has been involved in state insurance rehabilitations and liquidations.
Ms. Jarvis has been actively involved in educating attorneys and other professionals in her field. She has been an organizer of and frequent presenter at conferences sponsored by the ABI, the TMA, the American College of Bankruptcy, the Utah State Bar Association, and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. She has published articles on bankruptcy law, including an article published just this month in the ABI Journal. She recently finished a chapter for a book on the rights of secured creditors that will be published by the ABI later this year. Her writing has had an impact in her field, including having been cited by the Third Circuit when it reconsidered and overturned a long standing precedent a few years ago.
She is the founder of both the Utah contingent of the TMA Rocky Mountain Chapter and the Mountain-Desert International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. She was also the first chair of the International JRCLS Women in Law Committee. She currently sits on the Board of the American College of Bankruptcy, where she works on strategic planning, vision and implementation of the College’s mission. She also serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications as a member of the Executive Committee of the Global TMA Board.
In 2013, Ms. Jarvis received the Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Her work has also been recognized by the national Turnaround Management Association, and in 2007 Ms. Jarvis received the Large Company Transaction of the Year Award for her work in a complicated group of Chapter 11 cases known as the “USA Capital Mortgage” cases. This past year, she received recognition and numerous awards from the M&A Advisor for her work in the Chapter 15 cross border case involving the Jerritt Canyon Mine in Nevada.
In addition to her client work, she is actively involved in the community and has served on various boards and committees, including the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera Board, where she is a member of the Executive Committee and Chairs the Governance Committee. In 2015, Ms. Jarvis received the Third Annual Christine M. Durham Public Service Award which recognizes the work of legal professionals who demonstrate outstanding service to the citizens of Utah.
Ms. Jarvis has also strengthened Utah’s legal community throughout her career by mentoring other lawyers. She is a vocal advocate of mentoring, advancing, and supporting women lawyers in the workplace. She has helped other women design part-time programs for their firms, believing these policies not only enable people to pursue both their careers and support their families, but also to be in the best interest of firms in maintaining and attracting talented female professionals. In 2014 she was honored for this commitment, receiving the Women Lawyers of Utah Mentoring Award.
“We are extremely pleased that Annette has been named Utah’s 2016 Lawyer of the Year,” noted Dorsey Managing Partner Ken Cutler. “This is a much deserved recognition for Annette. She has an incredibly successful practice and handles some of the most complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters for the Firm. Dorsey is regularly identified as one of the best law firms for women, and it is gratifying to see another of our women partners recognized for being at the absolute top of her field.”