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 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 restructuring matters and serves as trusted 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 percent 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 restructuring subjects and is involved in local and national bankruptcy organizations. Autumn is a member of the John C. Ford American Inn of Court and was recently elected to membership in the fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Autumn serves as a subcommittee head on Haynes and Boone’s Attorney Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Autumn was also the exclusive winner of the 2017 International Law Office and Lexology Client Choice Award for insolvency and restructuring lawyers in Texas.

Autumn has a passion for helping high school students develop an understanding of the legal process and serves as attorney coach of the mock trial team at Hampton Preparatory.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized in D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas," D Magazine Partners, 2018

Selected Publications and Speeches


DMag Best Lawyers 2015

Haynes and Boone Recognized in D Magazine’s 2018 Best Lawyers List

D Magazine named 42 Haynes and Boone lawyers across multiple practice areas to its Best Lawyers in Dallas list for 2018, the most selections for the firm over the past decade.

Published by D Magazine Partners, April 2018

Selected Client Representations

  • Representation of Erickson Incorporated and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 reorganization in the Northern District of Texas. Erickson confirmed a plan of reorganization less than five months after filing for bankruptcy; which reduced Erickson's debt by over $400 million.
  • Representation of TransCoastal Corporation and CoreTerra Operating, LLC in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, resulting in the confirmation of their prepackaged joint bankruptcy plan in 36 days.
  • Representation of the Unsecured Creditors Committee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Dallas businessman Sam Wyly.
  • 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

  • Member and past Chair, International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • Member and past Chair, Mentoring Committee, Dallas Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • Member, Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • 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

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