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Texas Lawyer Names Omar Alaniz ‘Legal Leader on the Rise’



DALLAS, March 25, 2013 -- Baker Botts lawyer Omar Alaniz has been selected by Texas Lawyer’s editorial board as a “Legal Leader on the Rise,” one of only 25 lawyers across the state to earn this distinction from the legal publication.

Texas Lawyer undertook this project as a way to recognize Lone Star State lawyers under 40 whose accomplishments distinguish them among their peers, the editors stated in an introduction to the feature package. The publication received hundreds of nominations and based on their research selected 25 lawyers who “certainly merit recognition for their accomplishments.”

Alaniz told Texas Lawyer that it was an early career disappoint which propelled him into the world of bankruptcy law. Neither of the firms he had worked with as a summer associate offered him a position, but after finding a job with Dallas bankruptcy and litigation firm Neligan Foley, he decided it was up to him to become the best bankruptcy lawyer he could be.

After enrolling in the John C. Ford American Inn of Court’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy course, receiving the highest grade in the class and being recognized as the Inn’s “Rookie of the Year,” Alaniz was offered a one year judicial clerkship for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn of the Northern District of Texas in Fort Worth starting in 2006.

In 2007, he joined Baker Botts and has carved out a niche for himself in the world of bankruptcy ever since.

Alaniz worked with firm lawyers in the ASARCO case, as well as joining Irv Terrell in the $4 million fee enhancement, a case which Alaniz helped argue, that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Richard S. Schmidt of Corpus Christi awarded to the firm for its work on a fraudulent-transfer suit stemming from ASARCO’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The complete Legal Leaders on the Rise feature is available here.

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