Autumn Highsmith



Education and Clerkships

J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 2005, summa cum laude; Executive Editor, Baylor Law Review; Order of the Barristers; Delta Theta Phi

B.A., Political Science and Speech Communications, Baylor University, 1999


Texas, 2005


Autumn Highsmith has spent her career representing debtors, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, administrative agents, lessors, asset purchasers, and other parties in complex bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy restructuring matters and advising corporate clients in their business dealings with financially distressed counterparties. Autumn is a trusted advisor to her clients and works diligently to understand their businesses and practical needs and to align her efforts on their behalf accordingly.

Autumn has handled many aviation bankruptcy matters and serves as go-to counsel for her aviation clients. Autumn served as special counsel to American Airlines and its affiliates in their chapter 11 bankruptcies during which she assisted with the renegotiation of many of American Airlines’ purchasing, marketing, human resources and intellectual property agreements, and real estate leases.

Autumn has acted as debtor’s counsel in various chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, including representing Guaranty Financial Group, Inc. and its affiliates in a case involving a $2 billion dispute with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, representing Lothian Oil, Inc. and its affiliates in a case resulting in 100% payout to unsecured creditors, and representing SI Restructuring, Inc. (f/k/a Scholtzsky’s) and its affiliates in a case involving the successful sale of the debtors’ business as a going-concern. Among other things, Autumn’s clients regularly look to her to assist with defending against fraudulent transfer and preference actions, prosecuting objections to plans of reorganization and sales of assets, and enforcing various types of bankruptcy claims.

When not working on behalf of her clients, Autumn writes on various bankruptcy subjects and is involved in local and national bankruptcy organizations. Autumn serves on the board of the Dallas Fort-Worth chapter of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation and is a member of the John C. Ford American Inn of Court.  Autumn also serves on Haynes and Boone’s Attorney Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Autumn has a passion for helping high school students develop an understanding of the legal process and was recently selected as the 2015 Co-Vice-Chair of the Dallas Bar Association Mock Trial Committee.

Selected Publications and Speeches


Lexology Client Choice Award for insolvency and restructuring lawyers in Texas

Autumn Highsmith is Sole Winner of Client Award for Texas Insolvency and Restructuring Counsel

Haynes and Boone Partner Autumn Highsmith was the exclusive winner of the 2017 International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice Award for insolvency and restructuring lawyers in Texas.

Selected Client Representations

  • Secondment as in-house counsel at major airline, involving negotiation of new agreements and restructuring of existing agreements.
  • Representation of Guaranty Financial Group Inc. and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases involving a $2 billion dispute with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Representation of Cornerstone E&P and Cornerstone Southwest in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
  • Representation of Bank of America as administrative agent and lender in the WCI Communities Chapter 11 case.
  • Representation of secured lenders in the Spectrum Brands Chapter 11 bankruptcy in dispute over proposed reinstatement of secured claims.
  • Representation of Lothian Oil, Inc. and its affiliates, oil and gas exploration and production companies located in Midland, Texas.
  • Representation of SI Restructuring, Inc, formerly Schlotzsky’s, an Austin-based owner and franchisor of more than 500 casual dining restaurants in its Chapter 11 reorganization case.
  • Representation of MAIR Holdings, Inc. in the Chapter 11 of Mesaba Aviation, Inc.
  • Assisting clients acquiring financially troubled businesses, including existing creditor contingencies utilizing competing plans of reorganization to exchange debt for equity.
  • Advising international and foreign corporations concerning the forms of bankruptcy relief available in the United States, including Chapter 11 reorganization or Chapter 15 ancillary and cross-border proceedings.
  • Advising creditors and parties-in-interest in airline bankruptcy cases.
  • Advising funds and other creditors in broker/dealer insolvency proceedings.
  • Advising creditors in the defense of preference and other avoidance actions.
  • Assisting creditors with relief from stay actions.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Co-Chair, International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • Chair, Mentoring Committee, Dallas Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • John C. Ford Inn of Court
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association, International Secured Transactions and Insolvency Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas


Autumn Highsmith

Haynes and Boone Partner Autumn Highsmith Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

Haynes and Boone proudly congratulates Partner Autumn Highsmith who has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout Texas.

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