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Aaron M. Kaufman Member

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2007

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Education

University of Houston Law Center, J.D., with honors, 2007

The University of Texas at Austin, B.S., 2002

Aaron Kaufman advises clients on a full range of commercial restructuring matters, including representation of debtors, creditors, committees, trustees, receivers, banks, landlords, tenants, equity holders and prospective purchasers in small, mid-sized and large bankruptcy cases and related litigation. He has experience in a wide range of industries including retail, health care and senior living, hospitality, wholesale distribution and manufacturing, commercial and residential real estate, technology, and energy.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kaufman served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Leif M. Clark, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas, now retired.

You can follow Aaron on Twitter: @aaronm_kaufman

Experience

Debtor, Committee and Trustee Representative Matters:

  • Debtor’s counsel for publicly held pharmaceutical companies in obtaining confirmation of a pre-negotiated plan of reorganization.
  • Debtor’s counsel for mid-sized retail uniform and apparel distribution company in obtaining confirmation of chapter 11 plan of reorganization.
  • Counsel to the unsecured creditors’ committee of a publicly-held senior living facility entities in obtaining confirmation of liquidating plan.
  • Counsel for chapter 11 trustee of an operating hospital in obtaining confirmation of a plan of reorganization.
  • Counsel for unsecured creditors’ committee of a wholesale distribution company in obtaining confirmation of a liquidating plan.

  • Counsel for liquidating trustee appointed under a confirmed chapter 11 plan in administering claims and assets, including prosecution and settlement of causes of action such as rebates, fraudulent transfers, preferences and breach of fiduciary duty and other D&O claims.

  • Debtor’s counsel for regional homebuilders in obtaining court approval to sell the company’s assets to provide for an orderly down-sizing of companies’ assets and operations.

  • Debtor’s counsel for a single asset real estate entity in obtaining approval of a contested sale and confirmation of a chapter 11 plan of liquidation.

Secured Creditor Representative Matters:

  • Local counsel for primary secured creditor of gas pipeline company in chapter 11.
  • Counsel for primary secured creditor in serial bad-faith chapter 11 filings and subsequent chapter 13 filings by principals of the borrower; the bankruptcy cases were dismissed and creditor was allowed to foreclose.
  • Counsel for primary secured creditor in large multi-debtor real estate chapter 11 cases involving dispute over property values and effective rate of interest to pay under plan.
  • Counsel for primary secured creditor in single asset case in obtaining transfer of venue to another state where property was located.
  • Counsel for private equities lender in chapter 11 case under which the client acquired substantially all of the debtor’s assets by credit bid with bankruptcy court approval.

Unsecured Creditor Representative Matters:

  • Defense of creditor in multi-million dollar preference and fraudulent transfer lawsuit.
  • Representation of landlord where tenant was a large retail chain undergoing liquidation through chapter 11.
  • Representation of unsecured creditor in large oil and gas chapter 11 cases in obtaining multi-million dollar claim settlement of otherwise disputed claims arising from unpaid assignments of oil and gas leases and joint interest billings.
  • Representation of aircraft lessors by procuring early lease rejection and later settlement of multi-million dollar rejection damage claims.

Memberships & Involvement

American Bankruptcy Institute, Volo Project – Circuit Court First Responders, contributor, 2010-present

Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers® for Bankruptcy: Business, 2018

Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star for Bankruptcy: Business, 2016-2017