Attorney Profiles

Jessica Leigh Voyce Lewis
Counsel

214.593.4971 (direct)

jessica.lewis@judithwross.com

Jessica Lewis’s practice focuses primarily on the representation of debtors, creditors, and purchasers in corporate reorganizations and other bankruptcy and insolvency-related matters.  Mrs. Lewis began her career at Baker Botts, L.L.P., where she worked on complex bankruptcy and litigation matters for a wide-range of clients in varied businesses and industries.  Mrs. Lewis has represented several debtors in complex chapter 11 cases, as well as creditors and other parties-in-interest in contested matters and adversary proceedings. Mrs. Lewis has also analyzed and guided clients through the effects of bankruptcy on interests such as intellectual property, contractual, franchisor, and liability claim-related interests. 

 

In addition to her experience in bankruptcy and insolvency-related matters, Mrs. Lewis has experience in handling litigation matters ranging from state court litigation matters to internal risk analyses and investigation.  Just prior to joining the Law Offices of Judith W. Ross (now Ross & Smith, PC) in 2016, Mrs. Lewis sharpened her skills in negotiation and case management during her two years working for a Dallas-based non-profit focused on bettering Dallas communities by representing residents of high-crime neighborhoods against owners of problem properties in civil litigation and probate-related matters.

 

Representative Engagements

  • Counsel to chapter 11 trustee in complex chapter 11 liquidation cases of a family of real-estate development companies

  • Counsel to primary secured lender in complex chapter 11 retail business liquidation

  • Counsel to preference-action defendant in oil-and-gas supplier’s chapter 11 liquidation

  • Debtors’ counsel in chapter 11 reorganization proceedings of family of hotel and related businesses

  • Counsel to international business products company in potential purchase of large bankruptcy debtor’s United States and international business and patent-related assets

  • Counsel to offshore oil drilling company as largest creditor in chapter 11 cases of its former drilling company subsidiaries against fraudulent transfer challenge

  • Debtors’ counsel in the chapter 11 reorganization proceedings of global oil and gas seismic company and its subsidiaries

  • Counsel to private equity fund in state court litigation and appeal relating to acquisition of silver mining property and stock from bankruptcy debtor

  • Counsel to purchasing energy company in multi-billion-dollar acquisition of more than 200 entities, including debtors and debtors in possession

  • Counsel to online fitness product supplier in internal analysis of order-filling reporting process

  • Debtors’ counsel in individual complex chapter 11 case involving multi-million-dollar claims asserted by government authorities

  • Counsel to former corporate shareholder of debtor in constructive fraudulent transfer litigation resulting from leveraged buy-out transaction

  • Counsel to hedge fund with senior secured position in defense of $200 million securities fraud action brought in bankruptcy court

  • Assisted debtors’ counsel of large copper producer in its complex chapter 11 case in connection with the solicitation of acceptances for its proposed plan

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “Special Issues in Bankruptcy Mediations,” Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Dallas Bar Association, April 8, 2019

  • Co-Author, “Mindful Mediation: The Ways and Means of Successful Bankruptcy Mediation,” Business Law Today, ABA, February 12, 2019

  • Contributor, “Recent Developments in Fraudulent Transfers,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Bankruptcy Course, Houston, Texas, September 2012

  • Author, “Business Case Law Update: Substantial Sanctions for Violating Discharge Injunction: McClure v. Bank of America,” State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section Newsletter, February 2010

 

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas

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


Affiliations and Involvement

  • Dallas Bar Association, Member

  • Dallas Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers, Member

  • State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section Council, Vice President of Law School Relations

  • Christian Legal Society - Dallas Chapter, President (2018–2020) and Treasurer (2016–2017)

  • Attorneys Serving the Community, Member

  • Junior League of Dallas, "Active" Member

  • International Justice Mission, Dallas Benefit Committee Member

  • Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT), Justice Leadership Council Member and Fall Benefit Host Committee

Education and Honors

  • J.D. (cum laude), Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2010

    • Administrative Managing Editor, SMU Law Review

    • Phi Delta Phi, Vice Magister

    • Christian Legal Society, President (2009–2010) and Secretary (2008–2009)

  • B.S. (magna cum laude), Business administration, East Texas Baptist University, 2004

    • Alpha Chi Honors Fraternity, Vice President

    • Sigma Beta Delta Business Honors Fraternity, Vice President

    • Florence Wood Quinn Achievement Award for Highest Ranked Business Student

  • 2019 Recipient of the Romina L. Mulloy-Bossio Achievement Award for Outstanding Young Bankruptcy Lawyer by the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas 

  • 2015 SMU Women in Law Distinguished Young Alumni Award Recipient

  • 2013 Baker Botts, L.L.P. Julius Dorsey Elementary Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient

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