Education and Honors

  • J.D. (summa cum laude), Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2009
    Order of the Coif
    Order of Barristers
    Comments Editor, Journal of Air Law and Commerce
  • B.A., economics, The University of Texas, 1997

Admissions and Affiliations

State Bar of Texas

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Houston Bar Association

Certified Public Accountant - State of Texas

Dustin Appel


One Shell Plaza
910 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002-4995
United States


Dustin Appel’s practice focuses on commercial and business litigation, including energy litigation and international arbitration matters. Prior to law school, Mr. Appel worked for several years in the countries of the Former Soviet Union in the freight forwarding industry providing logistics services to the energy and mining sectors. Mr. Appel is proficient in written and spoken Russian.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Appel served as a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara J. Houser, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Publications, Speeches and Presentations


  • “No Derivative Standing For Creditors Of Insolvent LLCs,” Bankruptcy Law360, December 2010 (Tony Davis, co-author)
  • “A Prolonged Slump for ‘Plaintiff-Pitchers’: The Narrow ‘Strike Zone’ for Securities Plaintiffs in the Fourth Circuit,” North Carolina Law Review, September 2010 (Marc I. Steinberg, co-author)
  • “Comment: Air Cargo Fuel Surcharges and Tacit Collusion Under the Sherman Act: What Good Is Catching a Few Bad Guys if Consumers Still Get Robbed?” Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Spring 2008
  • “Note: Who Signs the Checks? Groff v. United States,” Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Winter 2008

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Getting Paid: State of Fee Applications,” 29th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, November 2010 (Omar Alaniz, co-author)