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Michael A. McConnell


Michael A. McConnell is chairman of Kelly Hart & Hallman's Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy practice group. Since his graduation from the University of Texas School of Law in 1975, Mr. McConnell has gained a wide variety of experience in several practice areas of civil law, both as an attorney in private practice and as a member of the judiciary. A former U.S. Bankruptcy Judge from the Northern District of Texas, Mr. McConnell has represented secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, committees, and debtors in some of the most significant bankruptcy cases in this region. He has served as a Chapter 11 Operating Trustee and Chapter 11 Examiner in several complex Chapter 11 cases. He has also been involved in a variety of business, litigation, and commercial law engagements.

Mr. McConnell has mediated a number of controversies involving business and commercial law issues of all types. He is an experienced arbitrator and currently serves as a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the AAA's Large Complex Case Panel. Mike has arbitrated a number of energy-related disputes and has been appointed to the prestigious National Energy Panel of the AAA. He is currently a member of Advisory Board of the University of Texas Law School Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law.

Mr. McConnell has served in a number of consulting/testifying expert witness engagements in both federal and state court in Texas and Louisiana. These issues have involved standards of professional conduct and professional liability, bankruptcy substantive law and procedural issues, Texas state law, and professional compensation. His expert reports have been filed in the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Superior Court of the Providence of Quebec, District of Montreal.

Affiliations and honors
  • Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center for Energy, Law and Business, Advisory Council
  • National Foundation of American Inns of Courts; former Circuit Trustee, Treasurer, Member of the Executive Committee
  • The American Law Institute, Member
  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®., 1989-2014
  • Selected as "Top Attorney" by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2008-2014
  • Named a "Super Lawyer in Bankruptcy Practice", Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition
  • Robert B. Wilson Distinguished Service Award by the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, May 2011
  • Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, James B. Barlow Award, May 2012
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy, Martindale-Hubbel, 2013
  • Recipient of the American Inns of Court A. Sherman Christensen Award, 2013
  • Recognized as a "Texas Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters, published by Texas Monthly magazine, 2003-2013
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Loyola University of the South, B.A., 1969
  • State Bar of Texas, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • Supreme Court of Texas, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1987
Speeches & Publications
  • Whether to Declare Bankruptcy: A Difficult Decision, Winning Legal Strategies for Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Aspatore Books Publisher, Dec. 2005
  • "Ethics in Bankruptcy Law. Representing the Debtor in Bankruptcy Cases: More Mines in the Minefield?" The Bencher (a publication of the American Inns of Court), Sept./Oct. 2005
  • Numerous articles in connection with the Annual Bankruptcy Conference of the University of Texas School of Law in the Advanced Bankruptcy Course of the State Bar of Texas

Michael A. McConnell

Chair of Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Section; Chair of Aviation Law Practice
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State Bar of Texas
Michael McConnell Appointed to 2015 Advisory Council of the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center for Energy, Law and Business