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Judith Ross

Judith W. Ross
Shareholder

​Acknowledged for her substantial skills in corporate reorganization and bankruptcy, and adept at fostering consensus in complex disputes, Judith Ross has provided legal counsel to clients operating in a broad range of industries in national and international bankruptcy cases.

With 34 years of experience, first as an associate, and then as a shareholder in the law firm of Thompson and Knight L.L.P, and more recently, as a partner in the law firm of Baker Botts L.L.P., Ms. Ross brings a depth of knowledge to all aspects of corporate practice, restructuring, bankruptcy, and mediation; and provides superb representation for corporate debtors, major creditors, banks, hedge funds, committees, and trustees.

Ms. Ross currently serves as Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Subcommittee of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association.

Representative Engagements 

Representation of Debtors in Possession:

  • Current representation of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Think Finance bankruptcy.

  • Current representation of State Lands of California (State of California) in bankruptcy proceedings of Veneco in Delaware bankruptcy court.

  • Current representation of Sterling Bank in Gump’s retailer bankruptcy.

  • Successful representation of Hahn Investments and its related entities in Chapter 11 case involving multiple debtors, resulting in confirmed plan.

  • Successful representation of State Lands of California (State of California) in bankruptcy proceedings of Rincon.

  • Successful representation of a secured credit in opposing Debtor Boomerang Tube’s Chapter 11 Plan.

  • Caroline D. Wyly – counsel for debtor in possession in her individual complex chapter 11 case and in month-long trial against the Internal Revenue Service on its asserted $1.2 billion claim, resulting in a finding that Ms. Wyly was an innocent spouse.

  • Successful representation of a secured creditor in opposing Debtor Boomerang Tube's Chapter 11 Plan.

  • ASARCO LLC, an integrated copper mining, smelting and refining company - part of team representing ASARCO in this complex Chapter 11 case in the Southern District of Texas. Conducted a three-year multimillion-dollar negotiation with the Tohono O’Odham Indian Nation over federal reclamation claims related to ASARCO’s mining on Indian lands, which resulted in a settlement of such disputes.  Responsible in ASARCO case for handling production of millions of pages of documents in connection with plan confirmation.

  • Corban Communications – lead counsel for debtors in possession in the bankruptcy of a telecommunications company, resulting in the sale of the company.

  • NextStage – lead counsel for debtors in the bankruptcy of this multimillion-dollar performing arts center, in which critically cash-starved debtors were sold within six weeks of the company’s bankruptcy filing, thereby preserving value for creditors.

 

Acquisition of Assets Out of Bankruptcy:

  • Genband - representation in its acquisition of assets of Nortel out of federal court in Delaware.

Representation of Secured Creditors:

  • Representation of a Prudential affiliate in the Chapter 11 proceedings of Sears Methodist.

  • The Prudential Insurance Company of America - representation in the workout of its indebtedness in the case of Raser Technologies.

  • Represented many secured lenders in bankruptcy proceedings over 28 year career.

Representation of Parent Companies in Connection with Troubled Subsidiaries:

  • Represented Centex Homes and affiliates in the bankruptcy proceedings of its  real estate joint venture, Crown Village Farm, LLC, in Delaware bankruptcy court.

  • Advice to numerous parent companies and equity owners in connection with workout of indebtedness of troubled affiliated companies.

Financial Companies in Bankruptcy:

  • Bencorp Casa de Bolsa – representation in the New York bankruptcy proceedings of Refco in New York.

General Creditor Representation:

  • Representation of an informal committee of clients, one of the most active creditor groups in the case, with aggregate asserted claims in excess of $100 million in Enron bankruptcy proceedings.

  • Representation of intellectual property patent holders in the bankruptcy proceeding of A123 in Delaware.

  • Adelphia – representation of Verizon in a multimillion-dollar claim against Adelphia.

Bankruptcy Litigation:

  • Major lender representation in the successful defense of a fraudulent transfer lawsuit in New Jersey State Court.

Creditors’ Committees

  • Texas counsel to the Unsecured Creditors Committee of Alco Store, Inc.

  • Creditors’ Committee representation in the bankruptcy of a plastics manufacturing company.

 

Education

  • J.D. with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1985.

  • M.A., History, The University of Texas, 1981.

  • B.A. Summa Cum Laude, History, Miami University of Ohio, 1979.

 

Admissions/Affiliations
  • State Bar of Texas.

  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Tenth Circuits.

  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section.

  • Courthouse Liaison Committee, Northern District of Texas, past President.

  • Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, past Chair, 2000.

  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow.

  • International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), National Board of Directors, 2000-2002.

  • Current Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Subcommittee of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association.