Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that Michael S. Haynes has rejoined the Firm as a partner in the Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Practice Group.

In 2005, Mr. Haynes began his legal career at Gardere as a bankruptcy associate after earning his J.D., summa cum laude, and M.B.A. from Texas Tech University. He joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a bankruptcy attorney in 2011. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Haynes worked as a stockbroker for Fidelity Investments.

“We are pleased to welcome Michael back to the Gardere team,” says Gardere Chair Holland N. O’Neil. “With his background, track record and knowledge of the Firm’s culture, we have no doubt he will be an immediate enhancement to our Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice.”

Mr. Haynes focuses his practice on financial workouts and restructurings, both in and out of court, with a particular concentration on oil and gas matters. He has represented debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustees, creditor and equity committees, and post-confirmation trusts in a variety of bankruptcy proceedings and bankruptcy-related litigation. His work has helped him earn recognition on the Texas Rising Stars list, as published by Thomson Reuters in Texas Monthly, of the top young attorneys in the state four times.

“I am thrilled to return to Gardere,” says Mr. Haynes. “Gardere’s restructuring practice provides an excellent platform to serve clients in a variety of industries including, in particular, the energy arena.”

Attorneys in Gardere’s Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Practice Group provide experienced representation to both creditors and debtors in all industries and in all stages of the bankruptcy and reorganization process. The Firm’s bankruptcy attorneys consistently are recognized for being leaders in the industry by both Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America©.

Mr. Haynes’ return to Gardere is just the latest in a series of high-level arrivals at the Firm. Arcie I. Jordan joined the Firm’s Austin office in September, and Alfredo Ramos joined the Houston office in July.

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