Kourtney Lyda


Education and Clerkships

LL.M., Taxation, University of Houston Law Center, 2000

J.D., University of Tulsa, 1999

B.S., Texas A&M University, 1996, cum laude

  • Honorable William Greendyke, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (2000 to 2002)



Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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 Eastern District of Texas

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


Kourtney Lyda is in the Restructuring Practice Group of Haynes and Boone. Her practice is focused on the areas of bankruptcy and insolvency law and related litigation.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2020-2021.
  • Featured in the inaugural Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Restructuring and Insolvency Lawyers and U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers listings, 2020

Selected Client Representations

  • Represented Erickson Incorporated as Debtor-in-Possession in Chapter 11.
  • Represented Dune Energy, Inc. as Debtor-in-Possession in Chapter 11.
  • Represented Global Aviation as Debtor-in-Possession in Chapter 11.
  • Representation of ATA Airlines, Inc. in a chapter 11 bankruptcy case involving the wind-down and liquidation of its operations and assets
  • Representation of the DIP Agent and Pre-Petition Second Lien Agent in the chapter 11 case of Marcal Paper Mills, Inc. on behalf of the secured lenders who are owed collectively over $140 million
  • Representation of Gemini Air Cargo, Inc. and its affiliates in a pre-negotiated chapter 11 bankruptcy involving a debt for equity conversion and emergence under a plan of reorganization within six months
  • Representation of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., and its affiliates in their chapter 11 cases, one of the 10 largest bankruptcy filings in 2004
  • Representation of secured lenders in the Galey & Lord Industries, Inc. -- Chapter 11 case
  • Representation of secured lenders, unsecured creditors and debtors in a variety of industries including numerous oil and gas, power and energy related bankruptcies.

Recent Speeches and Publications

  • State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Law Section Newsletter, Co-Editor, Spring 2003-present.

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association (Bankruptcy Section)
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • The Honorable Arthur L. Moller/David B. Foltz, Jr. American Inn of Court in Houston
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2020

Best Lawyers in America 2020 has featured more than 100 Haynes and Boone lawyers in its annual referral guide of outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2019

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