Nancy B. Rapoport

Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law
Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law, Boyd Law School
Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Lee Business School
Expertise: Bankruptcy, Business Ethics, Corporate Governance, Law, Ballroom Dancing, UNLV Top Tier Planning


Nancy Rapoport's specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, higher education governance, law firm behavior, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. Among her published works are Corporate Scandals and Their Implications 3d (Nancy B. Rapoport and Jeffery D. Van Niel, eds. West Academic 2018), which addresses the question of why we never seem to learn from prior corporate scandals, which addresses the question of why we never seem to learn from prior corporate scandals, and Law School Survival Manual: From LSAT to Bar Exam, co-authored with Jeffrey D. Van Niel (Aspen Publishers, 2010).

She is admitted to the bars of the states of California, Ohio, Nebraska, Texas, and Nevada and of the United States Supreme Court. In 2001, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, and in 2002, she received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Rice University. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. She has served as the dean of faculty of the American Board of Certification, the entity that develops, grades, and certifies lawyers for specialties in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights.

Rapoport has also appeared in the Academy Award-nominated movie, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia Pictures, 2005) (as herself).

In her spare time, she competes, pro-am, in American Rhythm and American Smooth ballroom dancing. In 2014, she won the national U.S. Open Pro/Am Rising Star American Smooth Competition B Division, and in 2017, she came in 2nd in the “C” Open to the World Pro/Am American Style 9-Dance Championship.

Nancy B. Rapoport In The News

After the multi-million deals with snakes, Robin Lehner and his attorney want to withhold his NHL salary from the bankruptcy filing. Now the entire procedure is being questioned by experts in the US, due to details in the bankruptcy filing - which may be incorrectly made. "This is so, so, so strange. A mystery," says Professor Nancy Rapoport.
Sullivan & Cromwell, after surviving a push to kick it off the FTX bankruptcy, stands to reap huge fees to sort out the finances of Sam Bankman-Fried’s fallen crypto empire. The Wall Street law firm has more than 150 people working on the FTX case, including 30 partners with rates that exceed $2,000 per hour, according to a court filing. Associates are billing between $810 and $1,475 per hour.
Financial Times
Sam Bankman-Fried and another former top FTX executive have said Sullivan & Cromwell understated the scale of its work for the exchange before its collapse, sharpening the scrutiny of the law firm’s lucrative bankruptcy appointment.
Financial Times
The investment bank B Riley is so determined to persuade the troubled bitcoin miner Core Scientific to avoid filing for bankruptcy that it has offered as much as $72mn in fresh financing to keep the company from seeking a court-supervised Chapter 11 restructuring.

Articles Featuring Nancy B. Rapoport

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People | October 11, 2022

Nancy Rapoport has always pitched in to smooth things out. Now she's the Alumni Association's 2022 Outstanding Faculty Award winner.

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People | August 24, 2021

Competitive ballroom dancer and law professor masters the waltz, tango, rumba and ethics.

UNLV nursing student in red shirt reviewing slide sample with peer
Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

students dance outdoors on UNLV's campus
Campus News | May 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance, recovery, and progress at UNLV.