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Paul B. Geilich

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Paul B. Geilich has over thirty years of experience in all facets of business bankruptcy law at the highest level. Paul works diligently and aggressively to obtain superior results in the most efficient manner. His clients have included all types of parties in bankruptcy cases, including secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, landlords and tenants, official committees, shareholders, trustees and third party purchasers. Paul has represented both public and private companies engaged in a broad spectrum of business enterprises, including banking, oil and gas, real estate, trucking, communications, mortgage lending, retail, manufacturing, defense contracting and aviation. Paul appears regularly in bankruptcy court and other federal courts throughout the United States. He is a frequent speaker and writer on various bankruptcy-related topics.

Representative Cases

Mr. Geilich has represented secured and unsecured creditors in hundreds of business bankruptcy cases, including banks, private equity funds, asset-based lenders, large and small corporations, official committees of creditors, equity holders and employees, and individuals. He has represented large secured lenders in a broad variety of Chapter 11 cases, including national and state banks, a regional oil and gas exploration and production company in Texas and Arkansas, multiple large real estate development and finance companies, a national commercial mortgage fund, a national homebuilding company based in Arizona, a multi-state chicken processing company based in North Texas, a regional refrigerated warehouse operation in North Texas, and a manufacturer of commercial fleet communication devices. Mr. Geilich also has successfully reorganized many business debtors in Chapter 11 cases resulting in confirmed plans of reorganization, including an international manufacturer of popular commercial exercise and sports equipment, a North Texas regional manufacturer of car and van conversion assemblies, two Texas bank holding companies, several oil and gas production and exploration companies based in Houston and Dallas, a multi-state pawnshop chain in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, a national trucking company based in North Texas, a nationally-branded 1000-room hotel in downtown Dallas, a 50-story high-rise office building in downtown Dallas, individual and corporate real estate developers, a national distributor of tobacco and candy products with locations in California, Texas, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Michigan, a regional chain of convenience stores in Texas and Louisiana, a chain of MRI clinics in Dallas and Fort Worth, and a manufacturer of consumer ink-jet and laser printer cartridges in Tennessee.

Education

Mr. Geilich received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Government/Political Science (with honors) from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. He earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas in 1984.

Practice Areas

  • Business Bankruptcy Law
  • Commercial Litigation

Court Admissions

Mr. Geilich was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1984. He is admitted to practice in United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas, Southern District of Texas and Western District of Texas, as well as the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Geilich holds an AV Preeminent Peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory, the highest available rating for legal and ethical standards. He is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Mr. Geilich is a former officer or director of several bankruptcy law-related professional organizations, including the American Bankruptcy Institute (director), the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification (co-founder, president, chairman of board of directors), and the Southwest Bankruptcy Conference (co-founder, chairman of board of directors).

Experience

Speeches and publications

Mr. Geilich is a frequent speaker and writer throughout the U.S on insolvency-related topics. Some of his representative presentations and publications are: “Problems in Multi-Affiliated Bankruptcy Cases,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Business Bankruptcy Course, 1986; “Post-Confirmation Professional Fee Analysis,” Norton’s Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (Clark, Boardman & Callaghan, 1991); “Essentials of Bankruptcy Tax Law”, American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Summer 1992; Co-Author: “Professional Liability in Bankruptcy: Disgorgement Ain’t the Worst of It,” Annual Meeting of National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 1999; “High Stakes Domestic and International Asset Protection, Investigation and Recovery,” Annual Meeting of National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 1998; “Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure”, Lorman, Inc. seminar, November 2003; Contributing Author: Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice (Wiley and Sons, 1993-2005); “Current Issues for Financial Advisors in Bankruptcy Cases”, Annual Meeting of the American Bankruptcy Institute, April 2013. Mr. Geilich was a member of the Steering Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s landmark 1991 National Report on Professional Compensation in Bankruptcy Cases.

1AV® Preeminent™ (4.5-5.0) – An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence (www.martindale.com)

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