WILLIAM HOTZE | Partner

William Hotze

832-345-5287 | will@jonesmurray.com | vCard

William has spent his career advocating for parties in all types of bankruptcy matters, including debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors, bankruptcy trustees, individual creditors, purchasers of assets, or other parties-in-interest. This broad range of experience has allowed him to develop extensive real-life know-how on how to provide a value-added benefit to his clients who find themselves in difficult situations.

Prior to joining Jones Murray, LLP, William practiced at an AmLaw 100 firm developing a diverse background of legal skills through first-hand experience conducting depositions, first chairing evidentiary hearings, appearing frequently in court on behalf of his clients, and drafting briefs on complex legal issues.

Outside of the office William enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, reading, and attempting (unsuccessfully) to train his dog Winnie to not get up on the furniture. If you have any good book recommendations or know how to keep dogs off the couch, please feel free to reach out.

Admissions & Memberships

William was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2013 and is admitted to practice before all federal district and bankruptcy courts in Texas. Additionally, William is a member of the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Associations of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers, and the Turnaround Management Association.

Education

William graduated from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law where he was a Dean’s Scholarship Recipient and an editor of the Science and Technology Law Review. During his time in law school, William externed for the Hon. Stacey G. C. Jernigan in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. William received a Bachelor in Business Administration from Texas A&M University where he was a Presidential Endowed Scholar and a Director’s Excellence Scholar.

Representative Experience

William has provided legal representation to many types of interested parties in a wide variety of matters. The following is intended to be a representative, but not exhaustive, list of matters to demonstrate the types of cases in which William has been involved.

Represented 50% owner of Neiman Marcus in Neiman Marcus’ bankruptcy case (In re Neiman Marcus Group Ltd LLC).

Represented ad hoc bondholder group of Dean Foods holding over $400 million in bond debt of the nation’s largest milk processor (In re Southern Foods Group, LLC)

Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Chapter 11 oil and gas producer as trial counsel in contested confirmation trial in billion-dollar valuation fight (In re Legacy Reserves Inc.)

Represented investor and backstop party in the chapter 11 of the oil and gas producer EP Energy (In re EP Energy Corporation).

Represented the purchaser in a contested sale hearing on the disputed purchase of substantially all of the assets (comprised mostly of offshore oil and gas rigs) from a bankrupt oil & gas producer free of alleged preferential rights (In re Northstar Offshore Group, LLC).

Represented the majority shareholders of Gibson Brands in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The matter was recognized as the 2019 Mid-Size Company Transaction of the Year by the Turnaround Management Association (In re: Gibson Brands, Inc.)

Represented consortium lead Larsen & Toubro Hydrocarbon Engineering in the bankruptcy of a Singapore-based subsea pipeline company on the creation of a new form of framework agreement to preserve client rights and a consortium’s rights to billions of dollars of contracts with Saudi Aramco. This deal was honored by the “Cross Border Turnaround of the Year” at Global M&A Network’s 2018 Turnaround Atlas Awards.

Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of a chapter 11 Debtor with 5.6 million barrels of oil and 3.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas in the Gulf Coast, three oil fields in Wyoming, and probable reserves of 99 million barrels of oil in Alaska’s North Slope. This restructuring deal was honored with the “Restructuring of the Year” award in the Energy category at Global M&A Network’s 2017 Turnaround Atlas Awards.

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