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Eli Columbus

Recognized by Chambers USA, 2018-2021 (Chambers & Partners) in Texas for bankruptcy/restructuring, Eli Columbus represents a diverse group of clients in a range of restructuring matters.

Eli assists banks, private equity funds, commercial lenders, and other secured creditors in commercial bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings. He represents buyers in distressed asset acquisitions, including 363 sales, and debtors in Chapter 11 cases. Eli also counsels unsecured creditors, including landlords, vendors, lessors, trade creditors, investors, unsecured creditors' committees, and other unsecured creditors in commercial bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings.

Clients seek Eli’s representation in a variety of commercial bankruptcy litigation, including contract disputes, preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, stay relief litigation, disputes related to confirmation of Chapter 11 plans, and cash collateral/DIP financing disputes.

In Chambers USA, a client describes Eli as “very sharp,” while another notes that he is "knowledgeable on technical requirements and their practical and tactical effects. He is completely at home on his feet in court hearings and he is very aware of industry trends." (2021, Chambers and Partners). Eli has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2021 (Woodward/White, Inc.) for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law.

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Selected Client Representations
  • Secured Creditors: Representation of banks, private equity funds, commercial lenders, and other secured creditors in commercial bankruptcy cases and out of court workouts and restructuring.
  • Purchasers: Representation of parties in distressed asset acquisitions.
  • Debtors: Representation of business debtors in Chapter 11 cases.
  • Unsecured Creditors: Representation of unsecured creditors' committees, landlords, vendors, lessors, trade creditors, investors, and other unsecured creditors in commercial bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings.
  • Trustees: Representation of Chapter 11 plan/liquidating trustees and Chapter 7 trustees.
  • Litigation: Representation of plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of commercial bankruptcy litigation, including contract disputes, preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, stay relief litigation, disputes related to confirmation of Chapter 11 plans, and cash collateral/DIP financing disputes.
Professional Affiliations and Engagements
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • DBA Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Chair, 2011; Vice Chair, 2010; Treasurer, 2009
  • DFW Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers, Board Member and Treasurer, 2008-2009
  • State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section Young Lawyers Committee
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Texas Tech University Alumni Association
  • DFW Hispanic Bar Association
  • John C. Ford American Inn of Court, Barrister
Awards and Recognition
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2012-2022
  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, in Texas for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2018-2021
  • Recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers of Dallas” by D Magazine, D Magazine Partners, for Bankruptcy-Workout, 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2020
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2013
  • Listed in The Best Dallas Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine, D Magazine Partners, 2006
  • Featured in the inaugural Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Restructuring and Insolvency Lawyers and U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers listings, 2020
Qualifications

Education

J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2000, magna cum laude; Full Regents Scholarship

B.A., Texas Tech University, 1996, magna cum laude; President’s List; Dean’s List

Languages

Spanish

Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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

Press Release
Haynes Boone Recognized in 2022 Best Lawyers in America Guide
August, 19 2021

Haynes and Boone, LLP had another impressive showing in The Best Lawyers in America directory published by Woodward/White, Inc., with a cross section of lawyers from offices across the country recognized in the 2022 edition. The guide includes more than 100 firm lawyers from the Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Costa Mesa, Dallas, Dallas-North, Denver, Fort Worth, Houston, New York, Palo Alto, San Anto [...]