Steve Pezanosky


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 1991, cum laude; Order of the Coif; Note Editor, Texas Tech Law Review

B.A., Texas Tech University, 1988, cum laude

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1991

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Texas Supreme Court

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 Western District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas


Steve Pezanosky is the Chair of the firm's Bankruptcy and Business Restructuring section and has practiced since 1991 in the areas of corporate bankruptcy, corporate reorganizations, and commercial litigation. Steve's experience ranges from representing public and private companies as debtors-in-possession in national Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases to defending national banks in federal and state court fraud suits. He has also successfully represented buyers and sellers of distressed companies, secured lenders and secured lender groups, factoring companies and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy court. 

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • "Home Field Advantage: Venue Litigation Lessons from Patriot Coal and EFH," 2014 Northern District of Texas Bankruptcy Bench/Bar Conference, Dallas, TX, June 20, 2014. 
  • "KB Toys Highlights Pitfalls for Bankruptcy Claims Buyers," co-author, Law360, December 4, 2013. 
  • "Buyer's Remorse: Successor Liability after the Sale," co-author, The University of Texas School of Law 30th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, November 17-18, 2011. 
  • Contributing Co-Author, 2007-2008 Bankruptcy Litigation Manual, Aspen Law & Business.


Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America 2015

Best Lawyers® in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding attorneys throughout the U.S, has once again recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers. This year the firm increased its honored practices to 56.

Selected Client Representations

  • Represented the acquirer of a publicly-traded oil and gas company in Chapter 11 case involving multiple off-shore platforms and properties. 
  • Represented a national merchant utility (as Chapter 11 debtor) in $1 billion bankruptcy claims litigation. 
  • Represented a publicly-traded oil field services company as a debtor in a successful pre-negotiated Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, which culminated in the sale of the company for $195 million. 
  • Represented the debtor in the successful Chapter 11 case of the nation’s largest distributor of products used in manufactured housing industry. 
  • Represented a privately-held maker of fiber-optic components in its $500 million sale to a Fortune 100 company. 
  • Represented the largest manufacturer of wafer handling equipment used in the semi-conductor industry in its successful reorganization under Chapter 11.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas 
  • Dallas Bar Association 
  • Fort Worth Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law 
  • American Bankruptcy Institute 
  • John C. Ford Inn of Courts

Professional Recognition

  • Chambers USA - Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Texas, 2010-2014
  • Best Lawyers in America - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation Bankruptcy, 2005-2007, 2009-2015
  • Texas Super Lawyers; Texas Monthly, 2003-2014
  • Attorneys of Excellence - Elite 100; Fort Worth Business Press, 2003-2005
  • Best Lawyers in Fort Worth; Fort Worth Magazine, 2004-2006 and 2009-2013
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas Under 40, D Magazine, 2002
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™ 

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