C. Luckey McDowell




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Luckey McDowell is a partner in the Restructuring Group. His practice concentrates on capital restructuring for highly leveraged companies, out-of-court workouts, insolvency-specific guidance to boards, and all aspects of bankruptcy cases throughout the country. He also has extensive experience representing acquirers of assets from insolvent companies in complex corporate reorganization cases.

Related Experience

Corporate Restructurings

  • GenOn Energy – counsel to parent company, NRG Energy, in the restructuring of its wholly-owned subsidiaries (with approximately $4 billion of debt)
  • West Virginia oil & gas producer – representation of large producer in out-of-court restructuring
  • New Gulf Resources, LLC – lead debtor's counsel for an E&P oil and gas company in its pre-negotiated chapter 11 bankruptcy case
  • Hercules Offshore, Inc. – debtor's counsel for an offshore contract drilling and liftboat services company in the oil and gas industry in its prepackaged chapter 11 bankruptcy case
  • Global Geophysical Services – lead debtor's counsel for seismic-services companies in the oil and gas industry, including the first foreign-recognition proceeding of a chapter 11 restructuring case in Colombia
  • The Pacific Lumber Company – lead debtor's counsel for timber harvesting and milling company
  • ASARCO LLC – debtor's counsel for large copper producer in connection with its complex chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Halliburton Company – representation of parent company in prepackaged bankruptcy filing of selected subsidiaries
  • Corban Communications, Inc. – debtor's counsel for telecommunications/bandwidth wholesaler


  • Sun Edison – representation of NRG Energy, Inc. in its acquisition of renewable energy projects both within and outside of Sun Edison’s bankruptcy case
  • Energy Future Holdings – representation of Hunt Power Holdings L.L.C. in pursuit of $12 billion acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery Company
  • Edison Mission Energy – representation of NRG Energy, Inc. in its $2.6 billion acquisition of more than 200 entities, including debtors and non-debtor affiliates
  • Silver Opportunity Partners, a member of the Electrum Group of companies – representation of mining company in its acquisition of Sterling Mining Company in a chapter 11 bankruptcy auction and in subsequent state-court litigation
  • Australis Aquaculture Limited – representation of an institutional investor in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of a publicly-traded Australian company under the control of an administrator
  • EarthShell Corp. – representation of secured creditor who acquired 100 percent ownership of the publicly traded company through the chapter 11 process
  • Ultimate Electronics – representation of purchaser in acquisition of selected retail locations
  • SeraCare Life Sciences, Inc. – representation of bidder in connection with auction by publicly held debtor for convertible debt financing

Insolvency-related Litigation

  • Peabody – representation of counterparties in forward-contract termination dispute related to coal supply agreement
  • Sherwin Alumina – counsel to cogeneration power plant in connection with the bankruptcy filing, and subsequent liquidation, of its on-site host company
  • Cobalis Corp. – representation of hedge fund with senior secured position and in defense of $200 million securities fraud action brought in bankruptcy court
  • American Air Liquide – resolution of pre-bankruptcy litigation through acquisition of estate’s claims in bankruptcy auction
  • AMRESCO – representation of trustee in connection with over $1.1 billion in claim objections

Creditor Representations

  • Seadrill – co-counsel to ad hoc group of bond holders
  • YA Global Investments, L.P. – representation of hedge fund in collection matters across the United States
  • MLB Players Association – representation of players' association in connection with the bankruptcy case of the Texas Rangers baseball team
  • SemGroup Energy Partners, L.P. – representation of a publicly traded MLP in connection with the bankruptcy case of its ultimate parent company, SemGroup, L.P.
  • Single asset chapter 11 case – representation of secured lender in a single asset real estate matter
  • The CIT Group – representation of secured creditor in foreclosure and liquidation matters, including state-court litigation in Texas and New Jersey

Awards & Community

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer - Rising Star (Thomson Reuters), 2005-2016

Recognized as "Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year" by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, 2006


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Publications, Speeches & Presentations



Debtwire Distressed Energy Forum

Debtwire will be hosting its highly anticipated Distressed Energy Forum in Houston on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.