Education

J.D., Columbia University School of Law,1981
B.A., Princeton University, 1978

Awards

AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell


Selected as one of Texas' Top Rated Lawyers for 2014 in Bankruptcy by Legal Leaders Magazine


Peter C. Lewis

Biography

Peter C. Lewis, a partner in the firm’s Dallas office, has over thirty years  of  experience devoted to business reorganizations, litigation and transactions  with  particular emphasis on business  bankruptcies, workouts and debt restructurings, complex business litigation and disputes, commercial collections/fair debt collection defense, as well as public finance.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lewis was a partner at one of the largest (Dallas-based) law firms in the country as well as another national law firm. He has also served as outside general or national counsel for small to major manufacturing/ service companies, is AV rated by his peers (highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards) and has been previously cited as one of only 176 attorneys nationwide for providing superior client service to Fortune 100 companies. He is, and has been throughout his career, actively involved in the community having served as an officer and/or director of the Texas Public Finance Authority, Volunteer Centers of North Texas, Goodwill Industries, Mental Health Assn. of Dallas, Dallas Symphony, St. Alcuin School, Baylor Hospital System Foundation, Dallas Historical Society, J.L. Turner Legal Assn. and Head Start, among others.

Experience

• Over the past 32 years, has represented companies, shareholders/investors, secured and unsecured creditors, asset purchasers, pre-petition lenders and DIP lenders in all types and phases of small to complex business bankruptcy, reorganization, workout, debt restructuring and related litigation matters throughout the country

• Former Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the Northern District of Texas

• Represented creditors in major Chapter 11 cases filed over the last few decades (e.g., Best Buy, Linens & Things, American Airlines)

• Defended major U.S. corporations in scores of bankruptcy preference actions across the nation including a multimillion dollar preference matter against a major multinational corporation that was settled on extremely favorable terms for the client

• Successfully tried several fraud complaints on behalf of bank/savings and loans institutions   including a complaint resulting in a multi-million dollar judgment in connection with first bank to close in Fort Worth since the Depression

• Represented major bank in Chapter 11 proceeding of one of the first subprime lender Chapter 11 cases; secured lender's claim totaling in excess of $20 million was paid in full

• Represented the FDIC as a secured creditor in Chapter 11 reorganization cases involving office buildings, shopping centers, manufacturing concerns and/or oil and gas operations

• Represented major investor and secured creditor in Chapter 11 reorganization of television/movie syndication business resulting in confirmation of Chapter 11 plan

• Represented consortium of private equity secured lenders in successful Chapter 11 reorganization of a Florida-based wireless phone carrier resulting in confirmation of Chapter 11 plan 

• Represented shopping center owners in chapter 11 case of national restaurant chain (Golden Corral) resulting in recovery of unpaid rent, taxes and CAM charges as well as the favorable resolution of contentious litigation regarding a rent disput

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, National Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member and past officer, J.L. Turner Legal Association
  • Member, John C. Ford Inns of Court
  • Member, American Creditors Association
  • Board of Trustees, Baylor Hospital Foundation
  • Board of Directors and Secretary, North Texas Volunteer Center
  • President's Advisory Committee, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts
  • Former Board Member, Texas Public Finance Authority

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Admitted to practice in Texas
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas
  • Admitted to practice before Third and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeals

Dallas Office

Ph (214) 706-4200
Fx (214) 706-4242
500 North Akard Street
Suite 2700
Dallas, Texas 75201

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