Bill concentrates his practice in bankruptcy, reorganization and creditor rights and related litigation. He represents financial institutions, non-bank lenders, debtors, creditors’ committees and a variety of other clients in connection with bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related litigation matters.
Prior to joining in June 2004, he served as Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas sitting in Houston. He was appointed to the bench by the Fifth Circuit on September 1, 1987. During his tenure as a judge, he presided over a number of complex and significant Chapter 11 cases, including National Convenience Stores (Stop-N-Go), Appletree Markets, Ninfa’s, Tri-Union Development, Drypers, Sterling Chemicals, Metals USA and Encompass Services, as well as over ten separate Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy cases. Bill also frequently serves as a mediator.