Charles Beckham



Education and Clerkships

J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law, 1979, Articles Editor, St. Mary's Law Journal

B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1976

Law Clerk to the Honorable Halbert O. Woodward, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1979

New York, 2010


From upstream to downstream and everything in between, Charlie Beckham has been involved in just about every type of oil and gas bankruptcy imaginable. Since the 1980s, when the West Texas native earned his spurs as a lawyer during a turbulent oil and gas bust, Charlie has had a front-row seat for numerous, high-profile energy-related bankruptcies. In 2012, Texas Lawyer (American Lawyer Media, Inc.) named Charlie the “Go-To Lawyer” for bankruptcy in the State of Texas, a designation given once every five years and a recognition of his vast experience helping forge solutions to complicated business failures. With more than 30 years of experience in providing quality advice on bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, debt restructuring and insolvency issues, Charlie is indeed a go-to lawyer for many clients. He has represented clients in cases large and small, in courtrooms and boardrooms all across the country. Charlie has played a key role in representing secured lenders, unsecured creditors committees, buyers, debtors and other parties-in-interest in a variety of industries, including numerous oil and gas, midstream, power, and energy related bankruptcies.

Charlie’s courtroom experience enables him to resolve problems in the boardroom quickly and effectively. Charlie has the intuitive ability to listen to clients and to his opponents to achieve his client’s goals while avoiding unnecessary and expensive litigation.

Charlie’s core strengths as a leader, legal scholar, and negotiator have helped his clients reach positive resolutions in a wide range of transactions, including ATP Oil, Inc., Asarco, LLP, Trinity Coal Corporation, Lothian Oil, Inc., Tri-Union Development Corp., Enron Corp., and Houston Regional Sports Network, L.P.

In addition to dedicating time to his clients, Charlie is sought out regularly to speak on various bankruptcy matters in the U.S., as well as internationally. Drawing on his vast depth, skill, and experience in the oil and gas industry, Charlie has presented and published numerous articles on the topic.

Charlie is board certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by both the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the American Board of Certification. Because of his significant experience, he served as Chair of the Bankruptcy Law Exam Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Charlie actively participates in numerous bankruptcy organizations, most notably as a Fellow and former Fifth Circuit Regent for the American College of Bankruptcy. He has served as Chair of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He is also a former President of the 20,000-member Texas Young Lawyers Association, a former member of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas and former Chair of the Council of Chairs for the State Bar of Texas. Charlie is a Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation, Texas Bar Foundation, and American Bar Foundation. He currently serves on the Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee for The University of Texas System. In 2010, Charlie was named the Distinguished Law Graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law.


Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Recognized in 2015 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP in its annual award listing, featuring 65 lawyers with seven highlighted in the Tops of Texas rankings.

Published by Thomson Reuters in September 2015


Chambers Global 2016 | Haynes and Boone, LLP

Haynes and Boone Repeats Impressive Showing in Chambers Global 2016

Haynes and Boone, LLP had another strong year in the recently released Chambers Global legal directory, with 10 practices and lawyers recommended as leading providers of legal services in the international marketplace.

Published by Chambers & Partners in March 2016


Chambers USA | Haynes and Boone, LLP

Chambers USA to Recognize 52 Haynes and Boone Lawyers

The 2016 edition of the highly regarded Chambers USA directory of top lawyers and law firms will once again feature more than 50 Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers when it publishes in May, including several new honors.

Published by Chambers & Partners in May 2016


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Maintains Strong Presence in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

The Best Lawyers in America 2016, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 114 Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers across more than 60 practice areas.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2015


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