Omar J. Alaniz



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Omar Alaniz

Omar Alaniz is the Former Chair of the Texas State Bar's Bankruptcy Section and Dallas Bankruptcy Bar. He represents debtors and creditors in chapter 11 cases and has substantial experience in bankruptcy-related litigation and appeals, including prevailing in oral argument before the Texas Supreme Court.

Omar has been recognized in the 2015-2017 editions of Chambers USA where clients described him as “diligent and timely, while also being conscious of achieving cost-effective results.” He was also described as “an active figure at the Texas bankruptcy Bar, and has an excellent reputation for his intelligence and technical skills.”

In 2017, the American Bankruptcy Institute included Omar in its inaugural list of the top “40 Under 40” insolvency professionals in the country. In 2012, he received the “Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service” in the U.S. Supreme Court at an event hosted by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. In 2013, the National LGBT Bar Association recognized him as a “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.” In 2013, the Texas Lawyer honored Mr. Alaniz as a “Legal Leader on the Rise “—a distinction recognizing only 25 lawyers under 40 in Texas.

Omar was an adjunct faculty member at SMU Dedman School of Law for several years, where he taught bankruptcy law courses. He is also a frequent speaker and member of various planning committees for bankruptcy continuing legal education programs.

Related Experience

Chapter 11 Debtors

  • ABC Dentistry - representation of dental clinics in connection with a qui tam action under the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevent Act
  • Global Geophysical Services - representation of seismic-services company in its complex chapter 11 case
  • Xtreme Power - representation of energy storage systems company in its chapter 11 asset sale
  • ASARCO - representation of large copper producer in its complex chapter 11 case
  • Minorplanet Systems USA - representation of publicly traded mobile communications company in its chapter 11 case
  • The Market-Antiques and Home Furnishings - representation of antique and furniture retailer in its chapter 11 case
  • Panaco - representation of a domestic and offshore oil and gas company as debtor-in-possession in its complex chapter 11 case
  • GPR Holdings, Inc. - representation of an oil and gas marketer as debtor-in-possession in its complex chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Northstar Energy, Inc. - representation of an oil and gas company as debtor-in-possession in its chapter 11 case

Bankruptcy Litigation

  • Conoco Phillips v. Noble - reversal on appeal and rendition of $63 million judgement before the Texas Supreme Court
  • Searchmetrics - dismissal of chapter 11 case representing plaintiff in misappropriation of trade secret and patent litigation
  • Adeptus Health - representation of officers and directors
  • Buccaneer Resources LLC - representation of board of directors
  • MP-Tech America, LLC - dismissal of preference action on summary judgment
  • Premium Well Drilling - dismissal of fraud claims against former director in post-bankruptcy adversary proceeding
  • AGE Refining - representation of trading arm of international energy company in significant claim dispute
  • VeraSun Energy - representation of national barge and towing company in defense of million dollar preference litigation
  • Montreal Maine & Atlantic - representation of oil major in cross-border chapter 11 case
  • Grace v. Organo Gold - representation of global network marketing company in fraudulent transfer suit
  • Stanford Receivership - representation of SEC receiver in numerous bankruptcy cases arising out of securities fraud

Bankruptcy Stakeholder Representation

  • Black Elk Energy - representation of secured creditor and equity holder in offshore operator's bankruptcy
  • Energy Futures Holding - representation of one of the largest unsecured creditors
  • A123 Systems - representation of patent owners in licensee’s bankruptcy case
  • Golfsmith, Ritz Camera & Image, Dune Energy, Goldking Energy, United Retail Group, Fineline's Basement - representation of various landlords in national retail cases
  • Vitro Asset Corp. - representation of global telecommunications company in contract negotiation
  • Seahawk Drilling - representation of largest unsecured creditor
  • Nortel Networks Inc. - representation of asset purchaser
  • Gadzooks, Inc. - representation of a Big Four accounting firm in a complex chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • SkyPort International, Inc. - representation of the largest unsecured creditor in a complex chapter 11 bankruptcy

Awards & Community

Sole Recipient Awards:

“Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service” American Inns of Court, 2012

“National Outstanding Young Lawyer,” American Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division), 2011

“Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas,” Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2011

“Outstanding Young Lawyer of Dallas,” Dallas Young Lawyers Association, 2011

John C. Akard “Community Service Award,” Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2011

Romina L. Mulloy Award for “Outstanding Young Bankruptcy Lawyer” State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section, 2010

“Best BOA Coach” SMU Law School's Board of Advocates, 2013, 2015

“Outstanding Faculty Member” SMU Law School's OUTLaw, 2013

John C. Ford American Inn of Court's "Rookie of the Year," 2005

Other Recognitions:

Ranked in Chambers USA for Bankruptcy/Restructuring-Texas, 2015-2017

Recognized as a “40 Under 40” by the American Bankruptcy Institute, 2017

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters), 2014-2018

Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2017

Listed as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

Recognized as a "Legal Leader on the Rise" by Texas Lawyer, 2013

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer-Rising Star (Thomson Reuters), 2010-2013

“Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40,” by the National LGBT Bar Association, 2013


Publications, Speeches & Presentations