Kelli Norfleet

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 2009, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Associate Executive Editor, American University International Law Review

B.A., Political Science, Texas A&M University, 2006, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

Texas, 2009

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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

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

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

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

Profile

Kelli S. Norfleet is an associate in the Restructuring Practice Group in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone. Kelli’s practice focuses on the areas of business bankruptcy and insolvency law and related litigation, financings, dispositions, and other restructuring transactions. She advises clients in both in-court and out-of-court restructurings across a wide array of industries, including oil and gas, oilfield services, engineering and construction, technology, and aviation. Kelli represents clients in a variety of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, including Chapter 11 debtors, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, and other parties in interest.

Professional and Community Activities

  • President, Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • Recording Secretary, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Houston Chapter
  • Secretary, Houston Bar Association Bankruptcy Section
  • Member, Young Lawyers Committee, State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association, Houston Chapter
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Wanting a Seat at the Table: The Rise of Equity Committees,” presenter, 36th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, University of Texas School of Law, November 16, 2017.
  • “Deep in the Heart of Texas: How Oil and Gas Bankruptcy Cases Have Been Handled in the Southern District of Texas,” presenter, 12th Annual Oil, Gas, and Energy Symposium, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, University of Texas School of Law, February 9, 2017.
  • "Real Property or Disguised Financing? A Closer Look at the Treatment of Oil and Gas Financing Transactions in Bankruptcy," co-author, SRR Journal, Spring 2016.
  • "Energy Case Issues," panelist, Southern District of Texas Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference, April 20-22, 2016.
  • "When the Boom Goes Bust – Unique Issues Arising in Oil and Gas Bankruptcies," presenter, Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law Conference, February 26, 2016.
  • "The Impact of Declining Oil Prices on the U.S. Energy Industry," panelist, Practical Law, February 17, 2016.
  • Labor and Employment Chapter, Collier Guide to Chapter 11: Key Topics and Selected Industries, contributor, September 7, 2016.

Selected Client Representations

  • Representation of a letter of credit and swap provider in the bankruptcy cases of Rex Energy Corporation and its affiliates in the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Representation of the Court-appointed Fee Examiner in the bankruptcy cases of Seadrill Limited and its affiliates and iHeartMedia, Inc. and its affiliates in the Southern District of Texas.
  • Representation of the Agent for the senior secured creditors in the bankruptcy cases of Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC and its affiliates in the Southern District of Texas.
  • Representation of a previous owner of assets in the bankruptcy cases of Venoco LLC and its affiliates in the District of Delaware.
  • Representation of Goodman Networks Inc. and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in the Southern District of Texas.
  • Representation of a DIP Lender in the bankruptcy cases of EMAS Chiyoda Subsea Limited and its affiliates in the Southern District of Texas.
  • Representation of the majority equity interest owner in the bankruptcy cases of C&J Energy Services Ltd. and its affiliates in the Southern District of Texas.
  • Representation of a working interest owner and operator in the bankruptcy cases of Breitburn Energy Partners LP and its affiliates in the Southern District of New York.
  • Representation of the DIP Agent in the bankruptcy cases of Energy & Exploration Partners, Inc. and its debtor affiliates in the Northern District of Texas.
  • Representation of the DIP Agent in the Chapter 15 proceedings in the Southern District of Texas for recognition of Canadian proceedings filed by Argent Energy (Canada) Holdings, Inc. and Argent Energy (US) Holdings, Inc. under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
  • Representation of Dune Energy, Inc. and its subsidiaries in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in the Western District of Texas.
  • Representation of a member of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for the bankruptcy cases of Miller Energy Resources, Inc. and its debtor affiliates in the District of Alaska.
  • Representation of defendants in preference and fraudulent transfer litigation nationwide.

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