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Bruce Akerly


Mr. Akerly is the founding member of Akerly Law PLLC, Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1982 with honors.

He clerked for the Honorable Mary Lou Robinson, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He has over 30 years of experience as a litigator in federal and state court, trial and appeal courts.

Mr. Akerly has been selected to the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers list, which marks his 10th consecutive year for this honor. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each state.

He is a frequent writer and speaker on matters relating to creditors’ rights and bankruptcy. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, all federal district courts in Texas, the 5th, 6th and 10th United States Circuit Courts of Appeal, as well as federal district courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin, the Western District of Tennessee, and the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Mr. Akerly has briefed and argued over 30 cases in the federal and state appellate courts.

A listing of articles he has presented or published, as well as reported appellate decision, appears under the Resources tab.

When not practicing law, Bruce likes to golf, camp, work in the yard and go on off-road Jeep trips.


Activities & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas (Litigation and Bankruptcy Sections)

  • Dallas Bar Association (Bankruptcy and Litigation Sections)

  • Commercial Law League of America

  • American Bankruptcy Institute

  • International Factoring Association

  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer, by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service appearing in Texas Monthly, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021

  • Rated AV Preeminent-- Lexis/Nexus, Martindale Hubbell (2017-2020)

  • Eagle Scout (BSA 1972)

Courts of Admittance

  • State of Texas

  • District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western Federal Districts of Texas

  • District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

  • District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

  • District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth, Sixth and Tenth Circuits

  • United States Supreme Court



B.A. with honors, 1979


J.D., cum laude, 1982

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