Shari L. Heyen

Shari L. Heyen: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Biography

Shari L. Heyen has experience in complex bankruptcy, restructuring, insolvency and complex commercial litigation matters. She has represented numerous creditors' committees, debtors, bank groups, acquirers and other significant constituencies in national Chapter 11 cases and workout proceedings, including complex oil, gas and energy cases. Shari has broad experience in the prosecution and defense of fiduciary litigation, foreclosures, real estate, oil and gas, health care, receiverships, turnover and commercial litigation matters.

Areas of Concentration

•Litigation
•Commercial
•Bankruptcy
•Creditors' rights
•Corporate reorganization
•Business restructuring
•Energy, oil and gas
•Real estate insolvency
•Health care insolvency
•Foreclosures and workouts

Awards & Recognition

•Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Awards, Corporate Turnaround of the Year for the Chapter 11 plan of reorganization for C&J Energy Services, 2017
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2010-2017
Texas' Best Lawyers, 2010-2014
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2004-2016
Corporate Counsel (Business Edition), Top Attorneys in Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights, 2009-2013
•Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Awards, Chapter 11 Restructuring of the Year - Middle Markets, for the Global Geophysical Services Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization, 2016
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2015
•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers , Law Firm of the Year in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2013
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Articles

Shari has written articles on international bankruptcy proceedings and the protection of creditors in insolvency proceedings, and has lectured on various real estate, banking and bankruptcy topics. She frequently lectures on various bankruptcy, litigation and restructuring topics, including:

•Author, Contract-Assumption Defense Can Aid Creditors,” Texas Lawyer, April 2011
•Author, Transnational Bankruptcy Proceedings: Making Sure Creditors Worldwide Get An Equitable Recovery, Currents: International Trade Law Journal, Summer 1996

Lectures

•Speaker, Impact of Oil and Gas Volatility on Energy Lenders, CFA Annual Convention, Austin, TX, November 9, 2015
•Speaker, Asset Sales Issues in Oil and Gas Bankruptcies, American Bankruptcy Institute Webinar, June 16, 2015
•CLE Speaker, Hot Topics in Bankruptcy and Claims Litigation, HPA Annual CLE, Galveston, TX, May 3, 2013
•CLE Speaker, Bankruptcy Litigation, Norton Bankruptcy Institute, February 2012
•CLE Speaker, Drafting Disclosure Statements and Chapter 11 Plans, Norton Bankruptcy Institute, April 21, 2011
•CLE Speaker, Liquidating Trusts, Norton Bankruptcy Institute, February 27, 2011
•CLE Speaker, Drafting Disclosure Statements and Chapter 11 Plans, Norton Bankruptcy Institute, February 26, 2011
•CLE Speaker, “First Day Motions and Orders in Complex Chapter 11 Cases,” Norton Bankruptcy Institute Seminar, April 15, 2010
•CLE Speaker, Association of Women lawyers, Bankruptcy Basics, Houston, TX, March 2004
•CLE Speaker, Association of Probate and Tax lawyers, The Bankruptcy Practice Houston, TX, October 2002
•CLE Speaker, Texas Association of Bank Counsel, A Practitioner's View of Oral Argument Before the Texas Supreme Court, Austin, TX, faculty, October 2001
•In-House CLE Speaker, Successful Workout for the Failed Dot Com, July 2001
•CLE Speaker, The Bankruptcy Code and Its Impact on Leases, CLE International, Austin, TX, faculty, January 2001
•CLE Speaker, The Implications of the Proposed Bankruptcy Code Changes on Leases, CLE International, Austin, TX, faculty, October 1999

Miscellaneous

•Participant, 2006 Bankruptcy Law Roundtable, Texas Lawyer Roundtables, Houston, TX, October 3, 2006

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

04.07.17 Greenberg Traurig Receives Multiple Honors at 2017 Turnaround Atlas Awards

01.31.17 Turnarounds & Workouts Recognizes Greenberg Traurig on List of Top Successful Restructurings of 2016

09.19.16 31 Greenberg Traurig Texas Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Edition of Texas Super Lawyers

08.29.16 26 Greenberg Traurig Texas Attorneys Named 2017 Best Lawyers in America

05.18.16 Greenberg Traurig Received Multiple Honors at the 2016 Turnaround Atlas Awards

11.05.15 Greenberg Traurig's Shari L. Heyen, David B. Kurzweil to Participate in the Commercial Finance Association's Annual Convention

09.17.15 18 Greenberg Traurig Texas Attorneys Named 2015 Texas Super Lawyers

06.08.15 Greenberg Traurig's Shari Heyen to Speak on American Bankruptcy Institute's Live Webinar

06.03.15 15 Greenberg Traurig Texas Attorneys Included in 2015 Chambers USA Guide

05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide

Published Articles

12.01.06 Abandonment or Spoliation? The Risks of Abandoning a Debtor's Records

Clerkship

•Law Clerk, Hon. Randolf F. Wheless, Jr., Chief Judge for the Southern District of Texas, the Honorable Manuel D. Leal and the Honorable Karen K. Brown

Texas Bar Foundation

•Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

•Member, American Bar Association

•Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

•Member, Commercial Finance Association

•Member, Federal Bar Association

•Member, Houston Bankruptcy Conference

•Member, Houston Bar Association

•Member, State Bar of Texas

•Member, Turnaround Management Association Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation

• Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

• Member, American Bar Association

• Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

• Member, Commercial Finance Association

• Member, Federal Bar Association

• Member, Houston Bankruptcy Conference

• Member, Houston Bar Association

• Member, State Bar of Texas

• Member, Turnaround Management Association

Awards & Recognition

• Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2010-2014
- Texas' Best Lawyers, 2010-2013

• Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2013

• Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2004-2013
- Corporate Counsel (Business Edition), "Top Attorneys in Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights," 2009-2012

• Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

Professional Experience

Significant Representations

• Counsel for Ameriquest Mortgage in case of first impression involving the interpretation of the Home Equity Amendment to the Texas Constitution. These decisions are reported at Doody v. Ameriquest Mortgage Co., 49 S.W.3d 342 (Tex 2001); Doody v. Ameriquest Mortgage Co., 242 F.3d 286 (5th Cir. 2001).

• Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Bigler Petrochemical, et al.

• Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Renaissance Hospital Grand Prairie, Inc., et al.

• Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center Corporation.

• Counsel for the Official Committee of Administrative Claimants, LTV Steel, Inc.

• Counsel for Chapter 11 debtor, PS America, Inc.

• Counsel for Chapter 11 debtor, Universal Automotive.

• Counsel for Chapter 11 debtor, CSC Steel.

• Counsel for Chapter 11 debtor, Glasstech Holding Co., et al.

Clerkship

• Law Clerk, Honorable Randolf F. Wheless, Jr., Chief Judge for the Southern District of Texas, the Honorable Manuel D. Leal and the Honorable Karen K. Brown

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications

Articles

• Shari has written articles on international bankruptcy proceedings and the protection of creditors in insolvency proceedings, and has lectured on various real estate, banking and bankruptcy topics. She frequently lectures on various bankruptcy, litigation and restructuring topics.

• Author, "Contract-Assumption Defense Can Aid Creditors," Texas Lawyer, April 2011

• Author, "Transnational Bankruptcy Proceedings: Making Sure Creditors Worldwide Get An Equitable Recovery," Currents: International Trade Law Journal, Summer 1996

Lectures

• CLE Speaker, "Hot Topics in Bankruptcy and Claims Litigation," HPA Annual CLE, Galveston, TX, May 3, 2013

• CLE Speaker, "Bankruptcy Litigation," Norton Bankruptcy Institute, February 2012

• CLE Speaker, "Drafting Disclosure Statements and Chapter 11 Plans," Norton Bankruptcy Institute, April 21, 2011

• CLE Speaker, "Liquidating Trusts," Norton Bankruptcy Institute, February 27, 2011

• CLE Speaker, "Drafting Disclosure Statements and Chapter 11 Plans," Norton Bankruptcy Institute, February 26, 2011

• CLE Speaker, "First Day Motions and Orders in Complex Chapter 11 Cases," Norton Bankruptcy Institute Seminar, April 15, 2010

• CLE Speaker, Association of Women lawyers, "Bankruptcy Basics," Houston, TX, March 2004

• CLE Speaker, Association of Probate and Tax lawyers, "The Bankruptcy Practice" Houston, TX, October 2002

• CLE Speaker, Texas Association of Bank Counsel, "A Practitioner's View of Oral Argument Before the Texas Supreme Court," Austin, TX, faculty, October 2001

• In-House CLE Speaker, "Successful Workout for the Failed Dot Com," July 2001

• CLE Speaker, "The Bankruptcy Code and Its Impact on Leases," CLE International, Austin, TX, faculty, January 2001

• CLE Speaker, "The Implications of the Proposed Bankruptcy Code Changes on Leases," CLE International, Austin, TX, faculty, October 1999

Miscellaneous

• Participant, 2006 Bankruptcy Law Roundtable, Texas Lawyer Roundtables, Houston, TX, October 3, 2006

Member: Houston, Federal and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas; Houston Bankruptcy Conference; Turnaround Management Association; American Bankruptcy Institute.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Restructuring & Bankruptcy
  • Litigation
  • Global Energy & Infrastructure
  • Health & FDA Business

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
713.374.3564  Phone
713.374.3505  Fax
www.gtlaw.com/People/Shari-L-Heyen
University Attended:
Oklahoma Christian University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1984
Law School Attended:
University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., 1990
Year of First admission:
1990
Admission:
1990, Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas; Supreme Court of the United States
Memberships:

Professional & Community Involvement

•Commissioner Judge for City of Houston, Houston Police Officers' Civil Service Commission (appointed by Mayor of Houston), 2008-2015
•Faculty Member, Norton Bankruptcy Institute, 2009-2012
•Board of Directors, Association of Women Attorneys for the Houston Bar Association, 2005-2007
•fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
•Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
•Member, Commercial Finance Association
•Member, Federal Bar Association
•Member, Houston Bankruptcy Conference
•Member, Houston Bar Association
•Member, State Bar of Texas
•Member, Turnaround Management Association

Birth Information:
1961
Reported Cases:
Significant Representations: Counsel for Ameriquest Mortgage in case of first impression involving the interpretation of the Home Equity Amendment to the Texas Constitution. These decisions are reported at Doody v. Ameriquest Mortgage Co., 49 S.W.3d 342 (Tex 2001); Doody v. Ameriquest Mortgage Co., 242 F.3d 286 (5th Cir. 2001). Counsel for Mississippi Development Authority in the KiOR, Inc. bankruptcy proceeding in Delaware. Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Global Geophysical, et al. Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Buccaneer Resources, et al. (Australian publicly traded company). Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Piccadilly Restaurants, LLC, et al. Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Bigler Petrochemical, et al. Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Renaissance Hospital Grand Prairie, Inc., et al. Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center Corporation. Counsel for the Official Committee of Administrative Claimants, LTV Steel, Inc. Counsel for Chapter 11 debtor, PS America, Inc. Counsel for Chapter 11 debtor, Universal Automotive. Counsel for Chapter 11 debtor, CSC Steel. Counsel for Chapter 11 debtor, Glasstech Holding Co., et al.
ISLN:
906505142

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  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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