The Bruce C. Bigelow Memorial Endowment Fund was established by Case Lombardi & Pettit to honor our late colleague and friend. Administered through the University of Hawai‘i Foundation, the purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to assist students at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Beginning with the 2002-2003 academic year, the Bruce C. Bigelow Memorial Award benefits law students who indicate an interest in practicing in one or more of the following areas: bankruptcy, banking or commercial law.

Bruce Crawford Bigelow was born in Celina, Ohio on March 26, 1946. He attended undergraduate school at Cornell University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in 1968. He attended Yale Law School and graduated with his juris doctorate in 1972. After law school he clerked with the Honorable Samuel P. King of the United States District Court of Hawai‘i. Following his clerkship with Judge King, he joined our firm, becoming a partner in 1979 and a name partner in 1995.

Bruce was admitted to the Hawai‘i State Bar, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He practiced primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, foreclosure, loan workouts, commercial collections, antitrust and government relations. He was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers In America in the area of bankruptcy law. Prior to his death in January 2001, he was local counsel for Liberty House in its successful reorganization under Chapter 11. He was an active participant in the bankruptcy bar and regularly participated as a speaker in legal education seminars.

Case Lombardi & Pettit pays tribute to the commitment, professionalism and service Bruce C. Bigelow gave to Hawai‘i’s legal profession and community for over 28 years.