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Attorney Profiles

Rachael L. Smiley
Associate

Rachael L. Smiley brings more than 10 years of legal experience to the Law Offices of Judith W. Ross, with expertise in all steps of the chapter 11 reorganization process, including asset sales, plan confirmation, and post-confirmation plan administration.  She has experience litigating a variety of disputes – including contested matters and adversary proceedings – that arise in or are related to bankruptcy cases, such as valuation disputes, claim objections and avoidance actions.

Ms. Smiley most recently served in the Office of Supply Chain Management at UT Southwestern Medical Center from 2014 to 2017, where she negotiated and drafted business agreements on behalf of the University and its hospitals, and gained valuable insight into the complex and highly-specialized financial and procurement systems that support the healthcare industry.  Prior to her role at UT Southwestern, Ms. Smiley was an associate in the Dallas offices of Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP from 2011 to 2014, and Stuzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka, a Professional Corporation from 2008 to 2011, where she represented debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees and committees in bankruptcy matters.

Representative Engagements

  • Represented the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball in Texas Rangers Baseball Partners’ bankruptcy

  • Represented the Future Claimants Representative in General Motors’ bankruptcy

  • Represented the Asbestos Claimants’ Committee in ASARCO, LLC’s bankruptcy

  • Represented the senior secured lender in a Chapter 15 matter regarding the enforceability of Mexican corporation’s plan of reorganization against U.S. creditors

  • Represented a national real estate lender in strategies to address non-performing commercial and residential loans, both in and outside of bankruptcy

  • Represented the senior secured lender in two separate middle-market telecom bankruptcy cases in Texas and Ohio

  • Represented the chapter 11 liquidating trustee in a large real property investment/tax shelter bankruptcy case in West Texas

  • Represented chapter 11 liquidating trustee in heavy equipment sales and leasing bankruptcy case in North Texas

  • Represented the creditors committee in a successful chapter 11 reorganization of a major hospital association in New Mexico

  • Represented the Debtors in a complex hotel and restaurant chapter 11 reorganization

Education

  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX

    • Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2008

    • Order of the Barristers; Phi Delta Phi

  • Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

    • Bachelor of Arts, Art History, magna cum laude,1999

    • Phi Beta Kappa

 

Admissions and Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas

  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section

  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

  • Member, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), and board member of the DFW Network

  • Board Member, Women’s Finance Exchange of Dallas (WFE)

  • Board Member and Chapter President (2019), Turnaround Management Association (TMA), DFW chapter

  • Past President, DFW Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers (DAYBL)

  • Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


Honors

  • Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” for business bankruptcy in 2018, as published by Thompson Reuters

  • John C. Ford American Inn of Court, Rochelle Chapter 11 Course,

    • John King “Rookie of the Year” Award, 2009

  • Elliot Cup 5th Circuit Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition – 2008 Champion

  • Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition – 2008 Finalist (2nd Place) and Outstanding Oral Advocate


Publications

  • “What if We Held an Equity Auction and No One Came?”, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, August 2018, Vol. 37, No. 8

Presentations

  • Ms. Smiley has made presentations to professionals and students on a number of topics, including restructuring, insolvency and contract management, at numerous educational and professional organizations in the DFW area:

    • Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business

    • Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section

    • University of Texas McCombs School of Business, Dallas-Fort Worth MBA Program

    • University of Texas at Dallas Jindal School of Management

    • Healthcare Financial Management Association, Lone Star Chapter

 

Ms. Smiley is an avid reader and enthusiastic supporter of the fine arts, and taught Art History and English at Fort Worth Country Day School in Ft. Worth, Texas prior to beginning her legal career.