Cassandra A. Shoemaker Counsel

Cassandra Shoemaker represents creditors, debtors, and equity holders in complex corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy litigation in the United States and abroad.

Cassandra has represented creditors in objecting to the adequacy of disclosure statements and confirmation of Chapter 11 plans of reorganization and parties involved in preference and fraudulent transfer avoidance actions. In addition, Cassandra has experience advising on a range of bankruptcy and other insolvency-related issues, including lender liability litigation and the implications of seeking bankruptcy relief. Her engagements have ranged across a wide array of industries, including energy, real estate, telecommunications, and healthcare.

Experience

Trial and appellate experience in Federal District courts and in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Representation of a CCRC Chapter 11 debtor, in In re Buckingham Senior Living Community, Inc., and obtained confirmation of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan with no current resident impairment. 

Counsel to commodity customers with substantial claims in MF Global Inc. SIPA proceedings (S.D N.Y), MF Global Holdings Ltd, Chapter 11 case (S.D N.Y) and MF Global UK Limited insolvency special administration (UK).

Representation of the debtor, an upstream oil and gas exploration company and affiliates, in In re: Approach Resources Inc. et al, in its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (S.D TX) and related litigation due to, among other things, the prolonged and continuing period of commodity price decline and subsequent volatility.

Representation of the official unsecured creditors’ committee in In re: Nuvectra Corporation, Case Number 19-43090 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

Representation of the debtor Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V, a Mexican glass manufacturer, in its Chapter 15 proceeding which was part of a cross-border restructuring of Vitro’s greater than $2 billion in liabilities.

Representation of Chapter 11 debtor, a senior living facility, in In re Senior Living Center at Corpus Christi, Inc. d/b/a Mirador, which obtained confirmation of a pre-negotiated Chapter 11 plan within 65 days of case filing.

Representation of the agent for Wilmington Trust, National Association, primary secured creditors, in the Chapter 11 case of III Exploration.

Representation of the Official Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in the Delaware Chapter 11 case of Endeavour Operating Corporation et al., an upstream producer with greater than $1 billion of liabilities.

Representation of Thomas Moran, the Chapter 11 trustee for Life Partners, a life settlement company with greater than $1.4 billion in liabilities.

Representation of the agent for GE Capital EFS Financing, Inc., primary secured creditors, in the Chapter 11 case of Trinity River Resources, LP.

Representation of Chapter 11 debtor Parallel Energy LP, et al., which successfully facilitated a sale process of more than $100 million in debt within four months of case filing.

Representation of publicly-traded Chapter 11 debtors in In re Cano Petroleum, Inc., and successfully restructured more than $82 million of indebtedness within approximately four months of case filing.

Representation of the debtor, a senior living facility, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

In re ATP Oil & Gas Corp., 888 F.3d 122 (5th Cir. 2018).

Foothills Tex., Inc. v. MTGLQ Investors, L.P. (In re Foothills Tex., Inc.), 476 B.R. 143 (Bankr. D. Del. 2012).

Halo Wireless, Inc. v. Alenco Communications, et al. (In re Halo Wireless), 684 F.3d 581 (5th 2012).

Ad Hoc Group of Vitro Noteholders v. Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (In re Vitro, S.A.B de C.V.), 470 B.R. 408 (N.D. Tex. 2012).

In re HSAD 3949 Lindell, Ltd., No. 10-33986, 2010 Bankr. LEXIS 4860 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. Sept. 1, 2010).

  • South Texas College of Law, JD, summa cum laude, Dean's Scholar, Dean's Merit Award, Member, South Texas Law Review, 2009
  • Texas A&M University, BBA, cum laude, Mays Business School Dean's List, 2006

Member, International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation

Member, Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section

Member, State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Section

Member, Turnaround Management Association

Member, National Association of Women Lawyers

Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Member, Private Directors Association

Certified Mediator, 2007-2009

  • Panelist, "Corporate Governance in Financially Distressed Companies," American Bankruptcy Institute, April 29, 2022
  • Panelist, "What Directors Need to Know about Working with Distressed Companies," Private Directors Association, April 21, 2021
  • Participant, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 2019
  • Speaker, "What You Need to Know About Bankruptcy in Oil & Gas," Dallas DFW-ALTA Luncheon, August 23, 2016
  • Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2023

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