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

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 a partner 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, electric power, 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 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.

Selected Client Representations

  • Representation of secured suppliers of electricity and natural gas in multiple Chapter 11 cases filed by retail electric providers in the District of Delaware, the Southern District of New York, and the Southern District of Texas.
  • Representation of the Canadian Court-appointed Receiver for BOS Solutions Ltd. in its Chapter 15 proceedings in the Southern District of Texas.
  • Representation of a midstream services provider in litigation involving attempted contract rejection in the District of Delaware.
  • 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 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 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 defendants in preference and fraudulent transfer litigation nationwide.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Communications Secretary, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Houston Chapter
  • Chair, Houston Bar Association 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.

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