Education and Honors

  • J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1975
    Order of the Coif
    Associate Editor, Oklahoma Law Review
  • B.S., psychology, Oklahoma State University, 1971
  • Listed in Chambers USA, 2004-2014

    Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2013

    Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, 2003-2014

    Listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” by D Magazine, 2007-2008

Admissions and Affiliations

State Bar of Texas

Oklahoma Bar

United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth and Tenth Circuits

United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts Texas; and the Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma

Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Director

Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Board of Directors

Dallas Citizens Council

Dallas Museum of Art, past Trustee and Corporate Committee Chair

Economic Development Council

Leadership Dallas, Graduate

Leadership Resource Council

Highland Park High School, Faculty Advisory Committee

Highland Park Literary Festival, past Chair

Highland Park Young Life, HP Arts, past Board Member

Jack L. Kinzie

Senior Counsel

2001 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201-2980
United States


Bankruptcy and insolvency, chapter 11 reorganizations, mass tort bankruptcies, out-of-court workouts


Jack Kinzie is Chair of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice firmwide. In his practice, Mr. Kinzie represents a diverse range of institutional lenders, asset acquirers, creditors, debtors, officers and directors and parents in virtually every aspect of complex chapter 11 cases, as well as out-of-court workouts. He has particular experience in prepackaged mass tort bankruptcies.

Representative Engagements

  • ASARCO LLC – counsel in the chapter 11 case of this integrated copper mining, smelting and refining company
  • Mark Wattles Enterprises, LLC – counsel in connection with the DIP facility and acquisition of assets in the bankruptcy of Ultimate Electronics, Inc.
  • Gazpromneft – counsel on a multibillion-dollar bankruptcy filing by Yukos Oil Company
  • Halliburton Company – counsel for Halliburton in the proposed prepackaged bankruptcies of its Dresser and Kellogg Brown & Root subsidiaries, and creation of section 524(g)/105 trusts to address asbestos and silica liabilities
  • Imperial Sugar Company – counsel for debtor in a prenegotiated bankruptcy in Delaware
  • McDermott International – counsel for parent in asbestos-related chapter 11 cases of its wholly owned subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox
  • DynCorp – counsel for parent in the prepackaged asbestos-related reorganization of subsidiary Fuller-Austin Insulation Co.
  • Centex – counsel for buyer in the acquisition of Vista Properties, Inc. through a prepackaged chapter 11 reorganization plan
  • Insilco – reorganization of diversified manufacturers of specialty component and consumer products, including settlement of $9 billion in environmental claims
  • The CIT Group/Business Credit, Inc. – counsel in connection with DIP facilities in bankruptcies of Sterling Chemicals and OpTel, Inc.
  • National Gypsum Co. – successful defense of former officers and directors in breach of fiduciary duty litigation brought by bondholders and asbestos claimants
  • Regency Savings Bank F.S.B. – representation of creditor in proposing a reorganization plan for debtor Chama Land & Cattle Company
  • NCNB Texas National Bank – successful defense in adversary proceedings arising from chapter 11 cases of First RepublicBank Corp. and IFRB Corp.

Publications, Speeches and Presentations


  • “Bankruptcy in the Oil and Gas Industry and Joint Operating Agreements,” 17th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Austin, Fall 1999
  • “Bankruptcy and Its Impact on the Oil and Gas Industry,” 25th Annual Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute, The University of Texas, Austin, Spring 1999
  • “Insurance Issues Arising in Bankruptcy Cases,” 10th Annual Bankruptcy Conference, The University of Texas, Austin, Fall 1991
  • “The Statutory Oil and Gas Lien in Oklahoma,” Tulsa Law Journal, 1984

Speeches and Presentations

  • Panelist, Mealey’s Asbestos Conference, New York, April 20, 2004
  • “Bankruptcy: Theory and Practice,” American College of Investment Counsel, 2000 Spring Investment Forum, Chicago, April 2000
  • “Bidding Incentives in Bankruptcy Sales,” Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Dallas, September 1995