AUSTIN, Texas—Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford, LLP has been honored with the coveted Five*Star Award presented by the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT). The law firm will be officially recognized on October 6, 2020, as part of the 2020 IBAT unCONVENTIONal, the association’s virtual annual convention.
Since 2002, IBAT has recognized its associate members that routinely provide excellent service and innovative solutions to help community banks grow, enhance profits and gain efficiency with the Five*Star Award. To be in consideration for the Five*Star Award, an associate member must earn enough engagement points—gained through participation in IBAT and industry events, etc.—to be in the top 10 percent of its tier. IBAT member banks then vote to determine the winner in each tier. Criteria used to determine this year’s winners included service excellence, human relationships, integrity, commitment to the community banking industry and exceptional value to the banks they serve.
Only three Five*Star Awards are given annually, and Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford won in the tier 1 category, which is based on the number of employees. It is a past recipient of this prestigious award in 2019 and 2016 as well. The law firm specializes in meeting the specific needs of community banks and provides a full range of legal services.
“It is our pleasure to recognize Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford for supporting Texas community banks through its participation in both IBAT activities and industry advocacy efforts,” said Christopher Williston, IBAT president and chief executive officer. “IBAT and our member banks depend on this law firm’s expertise and exceptional client service, as well as its demonstrated commitment and passion for the community banking industry. Especially given the current challenges, it is more important than ever to have trusted industry partners.”
Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford is a law firm built for community banks. It specializes in providing legal services to community banks throughout the country on a full range of corporate, securities, governance, regulatory matters and M&A. All of its partners are alumni of financial institutions practice groups within large international law firms, bringing a wealth of sophisticated experience in representing financial institutions.
About the Independent Bankers Association of Texas
Formed in 1974, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) represents Texas community banks. The Austin-based group is the largest state community banking organization in the nation with membership comprised of more than 2,000 banks and branches in 700 Texas communities. Providing safe and responsible financial services to all Texans, IBAT member bank assets range in size from $21 million to $31 billion with combined assets statewide of $193 billion. IBAT member banks are committed to supporting and investing in their local communities.