Jason S. Brookner
Partner

I can’t help but become fully invested in our clients from day one, both professionally and emotionally, because there is a lot on the line.  If a problem is keeping a client awake at night, it is keeping me awake at night, too. Dedication to achieving the best possible resolution for our clients is the hallmark of my practice and philosophy.

Known for his practical and diligent approach to solving challenging problems, Jason Brookner focuses his practice on representing and advising debtors, buyers, creditors, trustees, committees, lenders and other constituents in all aspects of distressed, insolvency and restructuring scenarios. He has obtained successful outcomes in complex cases in many industries, ranging from oil and gas, manufacturing, distribution and healthcare to poultry and meat processing, metals trading and restaurants (including fast casual and quick-service).

Selected by peers and clients in Chambers & Partners USA as one of the leading bankruptcy/restructuring lawyers in Texas every year since 2005, Jason has built a strong reputation for being fair but firm with opponents, developing creative solutions to his clients’ problems and providing compassionate representation. Jason was also recently recognized for his important role in the Life Partners Holdings, Inc. case, which was named the 2017 "Turnaround of the Year" in the large company category by the Turnaround Management Association.

Representative Experience
  • Lockwood International, Counsel to Debtors
  • Vasari LLC (Dairy Queen franchisee) – Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
  • Preferred Care Inc. (skilled nursing facilities) – Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
  • Vanguard Natural Resources, Counsel to Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. (large creditor and Committee member)
  • Ultra Petroleum Corp, Co-counsel to the Ad Hoc Equity Committee
  • Sherwin Almunia, Counsel to one of the largest unsecured creditors and member of the Creditors’ Committee
  • Life Partners, Inc., Counsel to Vida Capital, Inc. - named the 2017 Turnaround of the Year (large company) by the Turnaround Management Association
  • GMX Resources Inc., Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors and counsel to John P. Madden as Trustee for the GMX Resources Creditor Trust
  • Buckingham Oil, Counsel to DIP lender
  • FiberTower Corp., Counsel to Debtors
  • Vitro, SAB de CV, Counsel to US Bank National Association as Indenture Trustee
  • Reddy Ice Holdings, Co-counsel to Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
  • Hardage Hotels, Counsel to Secured Creditor
  • Baytown Navigation/Omega Navigation Enterprises, Co-counsel to Agent Bank under Senior Secured Credit Facility
  • NextMedia Group, Inc., Counsel to Debtors
  • Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
  • Kitty Hawk, Inc., Counsel to Debtors
  • Romacorp, Inc. (Tony Roma's), Counsel to Debtors
  • Mirant Corporation, Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
  • NextWave Personal Communications, Inc., Counsel to Debtors
  • General Wireless, Inc. (n/k/a MetroPCS), Counsel to Debtors
Thought Leadership / News
Honors
  • Recognized at The Turnaround Management Association's Turnaround and Transaction of the Year Awards for his role in the Life Partners Holdings, Inc. case, which was named the "Turnaround of the Year" in the large company category (2017)
  • ​Selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward/White, Inc.'s The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2013-2019)
  • Profiled as one of the leading Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2005-2018) lawyers in Texas, Chambers & Partners USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Selected as a Best Lawyer in Dallas by D Magazine (2009, 2017, 2018)
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) as published in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazine (2004, 2008 - 2018)
  • Profiled as one of “Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers” by ALM in Bankruptcy (2012)
  • Honored as one of Dallas Furniture Bank's "40 Under 40" for leadership and civic efforts (August 10, 2010)
Organizational Involvement
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Past Chair, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section (2007)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Board of Directors (April 2017 - present)
    • Texas & SW Regional Co-Chair, ABI Endowment (2016 - present)
    • Planning Advisory Board, ABI Southwest Conference (2016 - present)
    • Co-Chair, Technology & IP Committee (2013 - 2015)
    • Co-Chair, Commercial Fraud Committee (2010 - 2012)
    • Education Director, Commercial Fraud Committee (2008 - 2010)
Education
  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1994; Hofstra Property Law Journal, Articles Editor
    Law clerk to the Honorable Charles N. Clevert, Jr., Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin 1994-1996.
  • B.A., The State University of New York at Binghamton (1991)
Judicial Clerkships
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Charles N. Clevert, Jr., Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (1994 - 1996)
Bar Admissions
  • Texas (2001)
  • Wisconsin (1996)
  • New York (1995)
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Texas
When I Feel Most At Home
  • Playing catcher and outfield in the DFW Adult Baseball Association
  • Cooking – cast iron, smoking and grilling
  • Outdoor adventure, trekking and hiking – Everest Base Camp, Kilimanjaro, Inca Trail, sea kayaking in the Galapagos, deep sea fishing and fishing in Alaska
  • Music – seeing live music, playing guitar and The Grateful Dead