William R. Greendyke

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Houston
United States
T:+1 713 651 5193
Dallas
United States
T:+1 214 855 8204
Houston
United States
T:+1 713 651 5193
Dallas
United States
T:+1 214 855 8204
William R. Greendyke

William R. Greendyke

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Biography

Bill Greendyke, a partner in the Disputes Group, is head of the Houston office's Bankruptcy practice. Bill concentrates his practice in bankruptcy, reorganization and creditor rights and related litigation. He represents financial institutions, non-bank lenders, debtors, creditors' committees and a variety of other clients in connection with bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related litigation matters.

Prior to joining in June 2004, he served as Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas sitting in Houston. He was appointed to the bench by the Fifth Circuit on September 1, 1987. During his tenure as a judge, he presided over a number of complex and significant Chapter 11 cases, including National Convenience Stores (Stop-N-Go), Appletree Markets, Ninfa's, Tri-Union Development, Drypers, Sterling Chemicals, Metals USA and Encompass Services, as well as over ten separate Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy cases.  Bill also frequently serves as a mediator.


Professional experience

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JD, honors, Baylor Law School, 1979
BS, Education, Baylor University, 1976

While in law school, Bill was Editor in Chief of the Baylor Law Review.

  • Texas State Bar
  • Debtors' counsel in jointly administered Chapter 11 cases of oil and gas exploration and production companies in Southern District of Texas resulting in confirmation of Chapter 11 plan
  • Co-counsel to California municipality in connection with filing, settlement, and eventual dismissal of Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy case
  • Debtors' counsel in the jointly administered Chapter 11 cases of a leading fabricator, distributor and installer of architectural flat glass and aluminum in the U.S. and, the worldwide leader in the design, fabrication and installation of custom extruded aluminum skylighting for commercial buildings and private residences
  • Counsel to senior secured creditor in the Chapter 11 case of Innovative Communication Corp. in the United States District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands, Division of St. Thomas and St. John, Bankruptcy Division
  • Chapter 11 bankruptcy involving securitized business trust (REMIC) through representation of its special servicer in $160 million multi-family portfolio involving commercial real estate properties in Texas
  • Chapter 11 bankruptcy in California involving securitized business trust (REMIC) through representation of its special servicer in $296 million multi-family portfolio involving commercial real estate properties in Texas and Maryland
  • Counsel to indenture trustee for secured bondholders asserting claims in excess of $700 million in connection with Chapter 11 case of California timberland company
  • Served as Chapter 11 trustee for Alu-Cut International, LLC before the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Served as counsel to major default services law firm in connection with bankruptcy litigation concerning home mortgage and servicing industries
  • Chambers Global, USA: Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Chambers & Partners, 2019
  • Chambers USA, Nationwide: Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Chambers & Partners, 2017 - 2018
  • Chambers USA, Texas: Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Chambers & Partners, 2006 - 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Bankruptcy: Business, Thomson Reuters, 2007 - 2019
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2012 - 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2007 - 2020
  • Lawyer of the Year, Houston: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Best Lawyers, 2017, 2019
  • Lawyer of the Year, Houston: Litigation - Bankruptcy, Best Lawyers, 2016, 2018
  • Lawyer of the Year, Dallas: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation  -- - Best Lawyers, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, Bankruptcy & Workout, D Magazine, 2016
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • State Bar of Texas - Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges