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Bob Bruner

Sr. Associate

Bob Bruner

Houston

T:+1 713 651 5216

Bob joined the Houston office in 2010 as an associate with the disputes group. With the group, Bob has gained a broad range of experience representing debtors and creditors in all aspects of complex commercial bankruptcy cases, including sales of substantially all of a debtor's assets in the offshore oil and gas exploration, and glass fabrication industries and defending fraudulent transfer and preference claims. 

Bob has gained particular expertise in complex fraudulent transfer lawsuits.  Bob was the lead bankruptcy attorney on the Norton Rose Fulbright team that successfully obtained dismissal and summary judgment on over $1 billion in fraudulent transfer claims arising out of a leveraged recapitalization in the Crescent Resources Litigation Trust v. Duke Energy Corp. case.  Bob has published several articles on fraudulent transfer law, including articles discussing damage limitation issues in fraudulent transfer claims arising out of leveraged transactions and the application of the In Pari Delicto doctrine to trustees asserting fraudulent transfer claims on behalf of creditors. Prior to joining the Houston office, Bob spent over two years clerking for Judge Marvin Isgur, Chief US Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas.  Bob's clerkship experience gives him a rare perspective on analyzing bankruptcy issues that arise in reorganization cases, particularly trustee litigation involving fraudulent transfer, preference, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and aiding and abetting claims. 

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  • Education

    2007 – J.D., with honors, University of Texas School of Law
    2004 – B.S., with distinction, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    During law school, Bob was an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review. Bob also interned with the Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Attorney's office and represented individuals at commitment hearings with the University of Texas School of Law Mental Health Clinic. At the University of Wisconsin, Bob received individual majors in history, psychology, political science and legal studies and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.   

  • Representative experience
    • Preparing successful motions obtaining court approval for the sale of substantially all a debtor's oil and gas exploration assets
    • Preparing successful summary judgment motion dismissing claims that the debtor held deposit funds in trust
    • Preparing successful motion to dismiss single asset real estate case
    • Preparing successful pleadings for obtaining a court order approving a contested section 363 sale of a telecommunication company's assets
    • Participating in drafting of orders and opinions in multiple class-action lawsuits against mortgage lenders alleging that the lenders charged and collected fees in violation of the Bankruptcy Code, Rules, and Court orders
    • Participating in drafting of orders and opinions in multiple trustee adversary proceedings, including fraudulent transfer claims arising from an international "Ponzi scheme" and aiding and abetting fraud and fiduciary duty claims against multiple lenders
  • Admissions
    • Texas State Bar License
  • Publications
    • "Limiting Fraudulent Transfer Damages to the Amount of "Innocent" Creditor Claims," 33 American Bankruptcy Institute Jounral 3, March 2014 
    • "Seventh Circuit Protects Creditor's Choice To Gamble on Real Estate Over U.S. Treasuries," Fulbright Briefing, February 8, 2012
    • "The Collapse of the In Pari Delicto Defense to Bankruptcy Trustee Claims: How the Fifth Circuit Has Opened a New Door for Trustee Litigation," 17 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 91, Winter 2011
    • "The Art of Valuations in Bankruptcy," 29th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, Austin, Texas, November 2010
    • Co-author, "Intercreditor Agreements: A Review of Courts' Treatment of Intercreditor Agreements," 28th Annual Advanced Business Bankruptcy Conference, Dallas, Texas, June 2010
    • Co-author, "Bankruptcy Case Update: A Review of Commercial Bankruptcy Cases from the Supreme Court, Circuit Courts, and Texas, New York, and Delaware District and Bankruptcy Courts," 4th Annual TMA Southwest Regional Conference, Austin, Texas, April 2010
    • "Supreme Court Previews I: Espinoza v. United Student Aid Funds, Inc.," State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 2, November 2009
    • "The Fifth Circuit's Limited Adoption of the 'Forward Looking' Approach to Calculating 'Project Income,'" State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 2, November 2009
    • Co-author, "Bob and Bryan's Basics: A Technology Reference Guide for New Bankruptcy Attorneys," Starting Out Right CLE, Houston, Texas, May 2009
    • Co-author, "Recent Developments in Consumer Bankruptcy Law: Consumer Bankruptcy Case Summaries," 4th Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Galveston, Texas, June 2008
  • Speaking engagements
    • "Bankruptcy Law in a Nutshell," Houston ALP Certification Course, Houston, Texas, October 9, 2010
    • Co-presenter with Bryan Rogers, "Courtroom Antics," Starting Out Right CLE, Houston, Texas, May 2009
  • Memberships and activities
    • American Inns of Court – The Honorable Arthur L. Moller/David B. Foltz, Jr. Bankruptcy Inn
    • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers
    • State Bar of Texas
      • Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar
      • Young Lawyers Committee
    • The Southern District of Texas