Omar J. Alaniz



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Omar Alaniz

Omar Alaniz has a national bankruptcy practice with recent cases in Texas, Delaware, New York, and California. He represents debtors and creditors in large, complex chapter 11 cases. He also has substantial experience in bankruptcy-related litigation and appeals, including prevailing in oral argument before the Texas Supreme Court in Noble Energy, Inc. v. ConocoPhillips Co., 532 S.W.3d 771, 772 (Tex. 2017).

In 2019, Omar was invited to join the National Bankruptcy Conference, whose primary purpose is to advise Congress on bankruptcy law. In 2017, the American Bankruptcy Institute included Omar in its inaugural list of the top "40 Under 40" insolvency professionals in the country.

Omar has been recognized in the 2015-2020 editions of Chambers USA. He is described as having "an excellent reputation for his intelligence and technical skills." A client remarked that Omar's strengths are “excellent client focus, deep understanding of materials, attention to detail and cost-conscious mindset.”

Omar was an adjunct faculty member at SMU Dedman School of Law for several years, where he taught bankruptcy law courses. He coached the SMU Duberstein moot court team to 5 national championships. He is also a frequent speaker and member of various planning committees for bankruptcy continuing legal education programs.

Related Experience

Chapter 11 Debtors

  • Bristow Group - representation of global helicopter company providing search and rescue services and services to offshore oilfield producers
  • ASARCO - representation of large copper producer in its complex chapter 11 case
  • ABC Dentistry - representation of dental clinics in connection with a qui tam action under the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevent Act
  • Urban Oaks Builders - special litigation counsel to debtor
  • Global Geophysical Services - representation of seismic-services company in its complex chapter 11 case
  • Minorplanet Systems USA - representation of publicly traded mobile communications company in its chapter 11 case
  • Other energy chapter 11 debtors including Xtreme Power, Panaco, GPR Holdings, Inc., and Northstar Energy, Inc.

Major Creditor and Stakeholder Representation

  • Southland Royalty - counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
  • Emerge Energy - counsel to chair of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
  • Philadelphia Energy - counsel to co-chair of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
  • Shale Support - counsel to member of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
  • Perkins Group & Marie Callender's - representation of stalking horse bidder
  • EXCO - representation of oil major in JV partner's chapter 11
  • 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

Bankruptcy Litigation

  • ConocoPhillips 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 oil major 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

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, 2018

"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, 2015-2020

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

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters), 2014-2019

"Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016-2020

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