Patrick Hughes

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1983

B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1980, with high honors

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1983

Court Admissions

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Profile

Patrick Hughes has represented countless business debtors, secured creditors and court appointed committees in numerous bankruptcy cases throughout the country.  Pat also has had an active business litigation practice, and he has also counseled boards and management teams on a variety of transactional and litigation matters which arise out of restructuring situations. 

Pat’s practice has involved key roles in some of the largest business bankruptcy cases filed.  He is credited with a number of reported court decisions in many other noteworthy cases of regional and national significance.  While his practice has encompassed all types of businesses, he has particular experience in restructuring matters affecting energy companies, and companies subject to mass tort or large litigation claims.  As a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, he is recognized in the field as someone who understands what the bankruptcy process can do, and how it may help solve problems.

Pat’s experience includes his lead role for large and middle market debtor companies operating in the energy industry, such as Tri-Union Development Corporation, Pisces Energy, LLC, Coral Petroleum, Inc., United Refining, Inc., Great Western Coal Company, each in Chapter 11 reorganization cases.  He has similarly represented energy companies in out-of-court restructurings.

His representation of official committees in chapter 11 cases has included significant bankruptcy cases such as Dow Corning Corporation, Birraporetti's Restaurants, Partners Oil Company, and Sakowitz, Inc.

Pat has also had key roles for creditors and parties-in-interest in a number of mass tort restructuring and bankruptcy cases, such as Federal Mogul Corporation, Dow Corning Corporation, Armstrong Industries, GAF Corp., Quigley Corporation, Garlock Corporation, and Pittsburgh Corning Corp.  He has also had significant creditor representation in the General Motors and Lyondell chemical chapter 11 cases.

In addition to his business focused practice, Pat is dedicated to the provision of legal services for the poor.  He has been recognized by the state and local bar for his work as chair of the Houston Bar Association’s bankruptcy pro bono section since its inception in 1999.  Pat also handles individual indigent consumer bankruptcy cases on a regular basis to give them a fresh start.  He is especially proud of those clients who have gained a renewed sense of purpose, and who are able to rebuild their lives for the future. 

Pat is committed to ensuring his clients are directly involved in the legal process that affects them.  He has been certified as a business bankruptcy specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1989, when the specialty was first recognized.   

Pat is dedicated to supporting our community, and sponsors scholarships at The South Texas College of Law and the Houston High School Hockey Association as part of his efforts to promote good values in our society.

Patrick is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.


Honors

Chambers USA 2014

Chambers USA has once again recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP in its annual guide, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2014, featuring 17 of the firm’s practices and 49 individual lawyers. Two of the firm’s practice groups, Bankruptcy/Restructuring and Franchising, were included in the national rankings.

Selected Client Representations

Pat has represented:

  • Large and middle market debtor companies such as Tri-Union Development Corporation, Pisces Energy, LLC, Coral Petroleum, Inc., United Refining, Inc., Great Western Coal Company in operating Chapter 11 reorganization cases.
  • National and international companies in bankruptcy cases of all sizes.
  • Businesses and individuals, including attorneys and law firms as clients, in connection with creditors rights issues that arise in bankruptcy, litigation, and transactional matters, including negotiations to restructure indebtedness and legal issues affecting the restructuring or reorganization of business operations and contracts.
  • Companies large and small in substantial non-bankruptcy and creditors' rights litigation matters with an emphasis on debtor-creditor and bankruptcy litigation issues, including disputes involving prejudgment and post judgment remedies.
  • Creditor's committees (both official and ad hoc) in significant debtor bankruptcy cases such as Dow Corning Corporation, Birraporetti's Restaurants, Partners Oil Company, and Sakowitz, Inc.
  • Banks, equipment lenders, and financial institutions as secured creditors in real estate, oil and gas, retail and operating corporate debtor bankruptcy cases.
  • Significant creditors and parties in interest in mass tort bankruptcy cases such as Dow Corning Corporation, Armstrong Industries, GAF Corp. and Pittsburgh Corning Corp. 

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Colorado [Currently Inactive]
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Former editor-in-chief for Notes Section of the Texas Bar Journal (the Texas State Bar's monthly magazine)
  • Former editor-in-chief for the Houston Lawyer (the Houston Bar Association's bi-monthly magazine)
  • Chairman of HBA - SD Texas Bankruptcy Pro Bono Program
  • Moller Foltz Bankruptcy Inns of Court Executive Committee and Program Chair 

Professional Recognition

  • Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy 
  • Received the 2013 International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice award in the Insolvency and Restructuring category. 
  • Recognized by Chambers USA - Bankruptcy (2011-2014) 
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2007-2014) 
  • Recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights Law/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2012-2015) 
  • AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory

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