Eli Columbus



Education and Clerkships

J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2000, magna cum laude; Full Regents Scholarship

B.A., Texas Tech University, 1996, magna cum laude; President’s List; Dean’s List


Texas, 2000

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit




Eli Columbus is a partner in the Restructuring Practice Group at Haynes and Boone. He is involved in a variety of representations, primarily in business reorganization cases and out of court debt restructurings. Eli works on a wide range of restructuring matters for a diverse group of clients, including banks and other financial institutions, private equity funds, secured creditors, debtors, buyers of distressed assets, unsecured creditors, creditor committees, and plan trustees.


Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Makes Strong Showing in 2017 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers recognized 57 Haynes and Boone lawyers in the 2017 edition of its annual award listing. The awards are based on peer recognition and professional achievements. Of those nominated, only five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion.


Chambers USA

Haynes and Boone Shines in 2018 Chambers USA Rankings

More than 50 Haynes and Boone lawyers and 18 practice areas have been recognized in the 2018 Chambers USA legal directory published by Chambers & Partners.


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Featured in Best Lawyers in America 2018

Best Lawyers in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 107 Haynes and Boone lawyers across 56 practice areas in its 2018 edition.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2017

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, in Texas for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2018
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2012-2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2013
  • Listed in The Best Dallas Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine, D Magazine Partners, 2006

Selected Client Representations

  • Secured Creditors: Representation of banks, private equity funds, commercial lenders, and other secured creditors in commercial bankruptcy cases and out of court workouts and restructuring.
  • Purchasers: Representation of parties in distressed asset acquisitions.
  • Debtors: Representation of business debtors in Chapter 11 cases.
  • Unsecured Creditors: Representation of unsecured creditors' committees, landlords, vendors, lessors, trade creditors, investors, and other unsecured creditors in commercial bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings.
  • Trustees: Representation of Chapter 11 plan/liquidating trustees and Chapter 7 trustees.
  • Litigation: Representation of plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of commercial bankruptcy litigation, including contract disputes, preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, stay relief litigation, disputes related to confirmation of Chapter 11 plans, and cash collateral/DIP financing disputes.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • DBA Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Chair, 2011; Vice Chair, 2010; Treasurer, 2009
  • DFW Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers, Board Member and Treasurer, 2008-2009
  • State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section Young Lawyers Committee
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Texas Tech University Alumni Association
  • DFW Hispanic Bar Association
  • John C. Ford American Inn of Court, Barrister

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