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Overview

Tim is an energy-focused attorney who utilizes bankruptcy law to help businesses solve problems.

As an undergraduate finance major, Tim expected to work in the financial industry but altered his plans after enjoying the intellectual challenge of a business law class. He anticipated working in a purely transactional practice, but was fascinated by his law school bankruptcy course. Tim recognized that a bankruptcy practice was an opportunity to solve problems for companies in difficult circumstances.

Today, Tim manages reorganizations and workouts for corporations with complex problems. His experience includes the representation of creditors, debtors and trustees in Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy-related litigation. However, he finds the most satisfaction in deals that preserve jobs and allow companies to survive, rebuild and move forward.

While Tim has worked with clients in a wide variety of industries, he has a special focus on energy clients. Oil and gas are at the center of daily life in Houston, and Tim enjoys working with clients whose businesses have a true impact on his community.

Clients trust Tim to know both bankruptcy law and their industry, but they also value his practicality and dependability. He’s known for getting deals done quickly and in the client’s interest.


Industry

Service

Recognition

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009 and 2011
  • State Bar of Texas Outstanding Service Award, Bankruptcy Law Section, 2010

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center
    • cum laude
  • B.S., Iowa State University
    • with distinction
    • Finance

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Law Section–Executive Council, 2009-present; Treasurer, 2018-present; Vice President of Membership, 2013-2017; Vice President of Communications and Publications, 2009-2013; Editor-in-Chief of Section Newsletter, 2009-2013; Young Lawyers Committee, founding member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2017-present
  • Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Attorneys, Founding member; President, 2012-2013; Vice President, 2011-2012; Treasurer, 2008-2011
  • Houston Bar Association
Featured Experience

Federal Oil and Gas Leases on the Outer Continental Shelf

In recent years, Tim has been heavily involved in the liquidation of federal oil and gas leases, which are located on the outer continental shelf near Louisiana. Unlike the liquidation of oil and gas leases located on-shore, the liquidation of off-shore leases required Tim to develop new skill sets, including an understanding of federal environmental matters and regulations as opposed to those established by the various states, as well as federal government agencies, such as BOEM, BSEE and the IBLA.

Tim quickly educated himself on the relevant issues in order to assist the client in developing bidding and promotion procedures to market the assets. Working with various constituencies including potential purchasers, various governmental agencies and creditors of the company, his efforts resulted in successful sales of these assets to third-party purchasers.


Additional Experience
  • Represents large, publicly traded oil and gas service company in all of its creditor's rights work nationwide.
  • Represented large, publicly traded oil and gas company as conflicts counsel in its Chapter 11 case in Houston.
  • Represented mid-sized oil and gas exploration company in its Chapter 11 case in Plano, Texas.
  • Represented Houston-based, publicly traded petrochemical company as creditor in out-of-court workout.
  • Represented Nigerian affiliate of foreign multinational oil and gas company as creditor in Chapter 11 case in Houston.
  • Represented healthcare business in its Chapter 11 case in Dallas.
  • Represented publicly traded international healthcare business in bankruptcy-related litigation.
  • Represented hospitals in both Chapter 7 liquidation and Chapter 11 reorganizations.
  • Represented technology staffing company in its Chapter 11 case in Houston.
  • Represented Internet-based travel company in its Chapter 11 case in San Antonio.
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Outside the Office

Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, listening to live music and running long distance. A native Missourian, he is a devoted lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and has been a Houston Texans season ticketholder since the team’s inaugural season.