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Business Bankruptcy Law Board Certification by the TBLS

For purposes of the board certification program, the term "business bankruptcy law" is defined as dealing with transactional aspects of business bankruptcies, including representation of debtors, creditors, trustees and other parties in business. 

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About Business Bankruptcy Law Board Certification by the TBLS

Certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for bankruptcy law attorneys is available for the sub-categories of business bankruptcy law and consumer bankruptcy law. The program was launched in 1988. Today, more than 100 attorneys are certified as a specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law. An attorney may seek certification in one or both sub-categories of bankruptcy law.


Directory of Board Certified Attorneys in Business Bankruptcy Law in Texas

Lawyer Legion maintains a directory of board-certified business bankruptcy law specialists in Texas amongst a broader directory of both board-certified and non-certified attorneys in Texas and lawyers practicing bankruptcy law throughout the U.S. This directory provides the public with a valuable resource allowing them to narrow their search to local attorneys who have earned board certification in Business Bankruptcy by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Lawyer Legion is the only commercial lawyer directory to properly acknowledge all ABA-accredited specialization programs and provide a dynamic directory of virtually every lawyer who has earned each certification.

Use this directory to connect with lawyers who are board certified Business Bankruptcy Law specialists in Texas. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

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More About Board Certification in Business Bankruptcy Law in Texas

What is Business Bankruptcy Law?

For purpose of the board certification program administered by TBLS, the term "Business Bankruptcy Law" is defined as the "practice of law dealing with the representation of business debtors, their creditors, and/or trustees in all areas of bankruptcy. It includes primarily representation in matters involving the Bankruptcy Code, and also, without limitation, all aspects of business debtor-creditor relations as they affect or are affected by bankruptcy or insolvency.

The term "business bankruptcy law" includes the representation of debtors, creditors, trustees, or other parties in business cases under chapters 7, 9, 11, 12 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Minimum Standards for Business Bankruptcy Law Board Certification in Texas

Lawyers who earn the designation as board certified in business bankruptcy law have met the following minimum standards:

  • passed a comprehensive 6-hour examination in Bankruptcy Law; 
  • met all of the TBLS Standards for Attorney Certification;
  • Completed at least sixty (60) hours of TBLS approved continuing legal education in bankruptcy Law;
  • provided vetted references from judges and lawyers in the area of bankruptcy law;
  • have at least three (3) years of Bankruptcy Law experience with a yearly minimum 30% substantial involvement in Bankruptcy Law generally and a yearly minimum 20% focus on Business Bankruptcy Law in particular; and
  • practice law fulltime for at least five (5) years as an active member of the State Bar of Texas.

Task Requirements for Board Certification in Business Bankruptcy Law

The attorney must have devoted a minimum of 30% of his or her total time practicing bankruptcy law during each year of the 3 years immediately preceding application. 

The attorney may seek certification in one or both sub-categories of bankruptcy law. In addition to devoting the minimum percentage of total time to bankruptcy law, the attorney must have devoted the required percentage of practice to the sub-category in which certification is being sought.

For Business Bankruptcy Law, at least twenty percent (20%) of the attorney's total time must have been devoted to the practice of business bankruptcy law during each year of the 3 years immediately preceding application.

For the task requirements, the attorney must met, during his or her practice, at least 12 of the following categories listed below. Regardless of the categories selected, applicant must have participated in at least 8 contested matters and/or adversary proceedings which shall have involved the presentation of evidence in bankruptcy court (other than in support of a default judgment or a settlement agreement).

The categories for the task requirements include; 

(a) 2 objections to discharge or determinations of dischargeability;

(b) 2 avoidance actions under the Bankruptcy Code to include any combination of the following:

  • fraudulent conveyances;
  • preferential transfers;
  • avoidances of an unperfected or unrecorded transfer by a
  • hypothetical bona fide purchaser or lien creditor;
  • recoveries of a setoff; and
  • post-petition transfers;

(c) 1 complaint for subordination;

(d) 4 modifications of automatic stay;

(e) 4 sales, use (including cash collateral) or leases of property;

(f) 3 assumptions or rejections of a lease or other executory contract;

(g) 2 post-petition extensions of secured or unsecured credit;

(h) 2 involuntary petitions;

(i) 4 contested objections to the allowance of claims; 

(j) 2 contested appointments of a trustee or examiner;

(k) 3 contested conversions or dismissals;

(l) 3 contested turnovers of property;

(m) 1 reclamation;

(n) 2 motions for abandonment;

(o) 3 examinations under Rule 2004;

(p) 1 revocation of an order of confirmation of a plan under either chapters 9, 11, 12 or 13;

(q) 1 contested modification of a plan under either chapters 9, 11, 12 and 13 of a Debtor engaged in business;

(r) 5 voluntary petitions with schedules and statements of Debtors engaged in business, under chapter 7;

(s) 5 voluntary petitions, with schedules and statements, under chapters 9, 11, 12 or 13, of Debtors engaged in business;

(t) 5 confirmation hearings of plans under chapters 9, 11, 12 or 13, of a Debtor engaged in business;

(u) Preparation of 3 disclosure statements and plans of reorganization under chapter 11;

(v) 3 contested requests for allowance and/or payment of an administrative priority of claim;

(w) Preparation of 3 reorganization plans under chapters 9, 12 or 13 of a Debtor engaged in business;

(x) 2 proceedings to determine the validity, priority or extent of a lien or other interest in property of a Debtor engaged in business;

(y) 1 complaint for injunctive or declaratory relief;

(z) 3 representations of the trustee of a Debtor engaged in business;

(aa) 3 bankruptcy related adversary proceedings or contested matters of a type other than as described above, of a Debtor engaged in business;

(bb) 1 appeal from the bankruptcy court;

(cc) Representation of official committees in 2 business bankruptcy cases;

(dd) The preparation and presentation of a paper at a State Bar approved seminar or institute dealing with a business bankruptcy topic;

(ee) Service as an examiner or trustee; and

(ff) Other business bankruptcy matter(s) not described above.

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