Shari L. Heyen

Shari L. Heyen

Shareholder

Shari L. Heyen is Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice and Co-Managing Shareholder of the Houston office. Shari has experience in complex restructuring, bankruptcy, insolvency and complex commercial litigation matters. She has represented numerous creditors' committees, debtors, bank groups, acquirers and other significant constituencies in national chapter 11 cases and workout proceedings, including complex oil, gas and energy cases. Shari has broad experience in the prosecution and defense of fiduciary litigation, foreclosures, real estate, oil and gas, health care, receiverships, turnover and commercial litigation matters.

Concentrations

  • Litigation
    • Commercial
    • Corporate reorganization
    • Business restructuring
    • Creditors' rights
    • Energy, oil and gas
    • Commercial complex bankruptcy
    • Real estate insolvency
    • Health care insolvency
    • Foreclosures and workouts
    • Global Energy and infrastructure
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Counsel for Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Senior Care Centers, LLC, et al.
  • Counsel for Plan Administrator, Cobalt International Energy, Inc., et al.
  • Counsel for Creditor Representative, Linn Energy, LLC, et al.
  • Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, CJ Holding Co., et al.
  • Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Ryckman Creek Resources, LLC, et a
  • Counsel for Ameriquest Mortgage in case of first impression involving the interpretation of the Home Equity Amendment to the Texas Constitution. These decisions are reported at Doody v. Ameriquest Mortgage Co., 49 S.W.3d 342 (Tex 2001); Doody v. Ameriquest Mortgage Co., 242 F.3d 286 (5th Cir. 2001).
  • Counsel for Mississippi Development Authority in the KiOR, Inc. bankruptcy proceeding in Delaware.
  • Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Global Geophysical, et al.
  • Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Buccaneer Resources, et al. (Australian publicly traded company).
  • Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Piccadilly Restaurants, LLC, et al.
  • Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Bigler Petrochemical, et al.
  • Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Renaissance Hospital Grand Prairie, Inc., et al.
  • Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center Corporation.
  • Counsel for the Official Committee of Administrative Claimants, LTV Steel, Inc.
  • Counsel for Chapter 11 debtor, PS America, Inc.
  • Counsel for Chapter 11 debtor, Universal Automotive.
  • Counsel for Chapter 11 debtor, CSC Steel.
  • Counsel for Chapter 11 debtor, Glasstech Holding Co., et al.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2010-2019
    • Texas's Best Lawyers, 2010-2018
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2004-2018
    • Corporate Counsel (Business Edition), "Top Attorneys in Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights," 2009-2018
  • Recommended, The Legal 500 United States
    • Finance - Restructuring (Including Bankruptcy) - Corporate, 2019
    • General Commercial Disputes, 2017 
  • Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Awards, "Corporate Turnaround of the Year" for the Chapter 11 plan of reorganization for C&J Energy Services, 2017, multi-billion restructuring.
  • Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Awards, "Chapter 11 Restructuring of the Year – Middle Markets," for the Global Geophysical Services Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization, 2016, presented at Harvard Hall
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2015
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy, 2013
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Member, Women's Energy Network, 2018
  • Commissioner Judge for City of Houston, Houston Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission (appointed by Mayor of Houston), 2008-2019
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, Commercial Finance Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Bankruptcy Conference
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Faculty Member, Norton Bankruptcy Institute, 2009-2012
  • Board of Directors, Association of Women Attorneys for the Houston Bar Association, 2005-2007

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Oklahoma Christian University
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, England
Clerkships
  • Hon. Randolph F. Wheless, Jr., Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas
  • Hon. Karen K. Brown
  • Hon. Manuel D. Leal
Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas