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Jason S. Brookner

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.

Chair of the Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Department, Jason Brookner focuses his practice on advising debtors, buyers, creditors, trustees, committees, lenders and other constituents in all aspects of distressed, insolvency and restructuring scenarios. Known for his practical and diligent approach to solving challenging problems, 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
  • PHI, Inc., Co-counsel to the Official Equity Committee
  • Blitz Energy, Counsel to the Receiver
  • Fenton Motors of Dallas, et al. (automobile dealerships), Counsel to Receiver
  • Exco Resources, Co-counsel to LSP Investment Advisors, third largest secured creditor
  • 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
  • Vitro, SAB de CV, Counsel to US Bank National Association as Indenture Trustee
  • Reddy Ice Holdings, Co-counsel to Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
  • 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
September 17, 2020 
 In the News

Texas Lawyer (subscription required)

March 2020 
 Thought Leadership

American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

November 1, 2019 
 Speeches and Presentations
All You Need to Know About Liquidating Chapter 11 Plans

NCBJ Conference

  • 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)
  • Named in Lawdragon's 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers (2020)
  • ​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 - 2021)
  • Recognized as a leading bankruptcy/restructuring lawyer in Texas by Chambers & Partners USA (2005 - 2020) 
  • Selected as a Best Lawyer in Dallas by D Magazine (2009, 2017 - 2020)
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) as published in Texas Monthly (2004, 2008 - 2019)
  • 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)
  • J.D., Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, 1994; Hofstra Property Law Journal, Articles Editor
  • B.A., The State University of New York at Binghamton (1991)
Judicial Clerkships
  • 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