With fourteen years experience in corporate law and bankruptcy litigation at Baker Botts L.L.P., his own law firm and at the Law Offices of Judith W. Ross, Eric Soderlund is familiar with all phases of federal and state court litigation, including procedure, motion practice, discovery, witness preparation, and trial. He is proficient at drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts. Mr. Soderlund understands the needs and concerns of business owners and managers, having worked in management before law school for several years at Nova Gas Technologies.
Debtors in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganizations:
Represents Caroline D. Wyly in her Chapter 11 reorganization and litigation against the Internal Revenue Service on its asserted $1.2 billion claim.
Represented M Foods, LLC, a small-business debtor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, including researching challenging legal issues, engaging in motion practice, appearing at court hearings, negotiating with creditors, and drafting and filing a plan of reorganization.
Part of team representing ASARCO, LLC, a mining, smelting, and refining company, in numerous aspects of corporate reorganization and related litigation, including expert witness depositions and trial preparation, and oral argument in multibillion-dollar successful fraudulent-transfer and breach-of-fiduciary-duty action. Led team of associates in drafting 108-page brief in support of plan confirmation.
Parent Companies in Connection with Troubled Subsidiaries:
Part of team representing Halliburton Company in its subsidiaries’ jointly administered Chapter 11 cases, conducting research and drafting memoranda, pleadings, and plan documents in connection with successful reorganization involving establishment of multibillion-dollar § 524(g) asbestos trust.
Creditors in Bankruptcy Litigation and Mediation:
Represented Dawson Geophysical Services in mediation of claim in Crusader Energy Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
Part of the team that prosecuted multimillion-dollar claim on behalf of Verizon in Adelphia Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
Supervised legal research and advised court-appointed receiver on real-estate, cross-border insolvency, and fraudulent-transfer issues arising in $8 billion fraud case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission against R. Allen Stanford.
Companies in Asset Sales and Acquisitions:
Represented corporate client in sale of business, including advice on procedures for sale process, negotiation of contract terms, analysis of offers submitted, and due-diligence response.
Represented purchaser of stationery company through § 363 sale in bankruptcy case.
Trustees in Litigation:
Represented trustees in breach-of-fiduciary litigation, successfully negotiating mutually beneficial settlement agreement.
Equity Holders in Investment Opportunities:
Advised owner of Arlington Jewelry Exchange concerning investment in new business venture, including review and comment on interest-purchase agreement, buy-sell agreement, and various closing documents.
Companies in Contract Negotiations:
Negotiated for corporate client a comprehensive product-supply agreement and advised on the potential legal and business ramifications of entering the agreement.
Professional Business Experience
Nova Gas Technologies, Charleston, South Carolina
Vice President of Marketing
Supervised employees in the production of rare gases and gas mixtures for use in scientific research and excimer laser markets.
Coordinated company’s regulatory compliance program to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local rules and regulations.
Oversaw marketing efforts, including responsibilities for trade-show presentations, catalog production and distribution, and advertising and promotional efforts.
Developed quality-control practices and procedures that resulted in the company achieving certification and accreditation of compliance with standards developed by the International Organization for Standardization.
Professional Legal Background
Prior to joining The Law Offices of Judith W. Ross, Mr. Soderlund was the founder and managing member of Soderlund Law from May 2012 – Feb. 28, 2013. Mr. Soderlund began his legal career in 2002 with Baker Botts L.L.P., as an associate and then served as a senior bankruptcy associate there until May 2012.
J.D. Cum Laude, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, 2002.
- Executive Editor, BYU Law Review
M.A., History, University of Charleston and The Citadel, 1999.
B.A., History, The University of Texas at Austin, 1989.
Honors & Publications
Texas Rising Star, 2009 – 2012, as chosen by Texas Super Lawyers/Thomson Reuters legal division and published in Texas Monthly magazine.
“How to Get Retained and Paid in Bankruptcy Cases,” Texas Lawyer, February 20, 2012.
“Asset Securitization and the Effect of Insolvency on Special-Purpose Vehicles Under U.S. Law,” The Americas Restructuring and Insolvency Guide, 2004/2005, Globe White Page, London (Judith W. Ross and Michael C. Li, co-authors).
“Beyond the Silver Lining: Be Wary of Buying Assets From Companies in Crisis,” Texas Lawyer, June 23, 2003 (Tony M. Davis and Michael C. Li, co-authors).
Court Admissions and Affiliations
State Bar of Texas.
Supreme Court of the United States.
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas.
Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section.