Jonathan Lindley Howell leads the Bankruptcy, Restructuring, & Creditors’ Rights Section at the firm. Mr. Howell actively represents clients throughout the United States in all facets of bankruptcy, out-of-court restructurings, multi-jurisdictional insolvencies, creditors’ rights, and federal bankruptcy-related litigation matters.
Mr. Howell has received multiple awards and recognition from his peers for his work in Chapter 11 reorganizations. Mr. Howell has represented a broad spectrum of clients in Chapter 11 reorganizations, ranging from local startups to Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Howell’s clients include financially distressed companies, traditional and non-traditional lenders, mortgage servicers, private equity firms, hedge funds, family offices, institutional investors, REITs, manufacturers, retailers, real estate developers, hospitality groups and hoteliers, oil and gas companies, trade creditors, landlords, official and ad-hoc creditors’ committees, trustees, and judgment creditors.
Mr. Howell received his B.A. in Economics from SMU in 2001 and his J.D. in 2007 from SMU’s Dedman School of Law, where he was an articles editor for the International Law Review and Dean’s List student. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Howell served as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable D. Michael Lynn, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
While attending law school, Jonathan also externed for the Honorable Stacey G. C. Jernigan, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
- Served as lead counsel for the official unsecured creditors’ committee in Falcon Steel Company and New Falcon Steel, LLC, which collectively represents the interests of holders of approximately $4.5 million in unsecured debt owed to various creditor constituencies.
- Served as lead counsel for the debtors, the developers and operators of a mixed-use real estate property in Denton County, Texas, in reorganizing over $10 million in debts and formulating a plan that pays unsecured creditors in full, allows principals to retain their equity interest, and resolves over five-years of contentious litigation.
- Served as lead debtors’ counsel in a Chapter 11 reorganization of an East Texas Best Western branded hotel and adjacent restaurant involving the successful confirmation of a Chapter 11 plan that reorganizes over $2 million in debts, pays unsecured creditors in full, plus interest, over the term of three years and allows the principals to retain their equity.
- Served as co-counsel to auction participant that bid on assets, valued at $2.7 billion, in the Erickson Retirement Communities LLC bankruptcy case in an attempt to acquire the debtors’ operations.
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