• Joe Epstein Houston Bankruptcy & Business Law
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Joe Epstein -- Houston Bankruptcy/Restructuring & Business Law

Joseph G. Epstein PLLC provides business and bankruptcy restructuring legal services to creditors, debtors, trustees, asset purchasers and receivers. My 28 years of practice provide clients deep legal experience and practical insights to help them achieve results. Before founding Joseph G. Epstein PLLC, I was a shareholder at one of the largest law firms in Texas. My legal practice spans the energy and energy services, oil and gas exploration and production, banking and finance, and real estate industries. My goal is to serve as your trusted legal advisor by providing thoughtful, strategic and cost-competitive representation, with rates and alternative billing arrangements that best address your particular needs. I invite you to learn more about my practice, experience and credentials here and contact me to discuss how I can be of service.

Areas of Practice


Secured Creditors
Unsecured & Trade Creditors
Trustees & Receivers
Article 9

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Business/Corporate Law

Business Formation
Corporate Governance
Probate & Wills

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Real Estate Law

Commercial Real Estate Agreements
Commercial and Retail Leasing
Condemnation and Eminent Domain

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Joseph G. Epstein
Managing Member

Joe Epstein applies his talents in bankruptcy and business law to achieve results for his clients. His experience spans all areas of bankruptcy and business restructuring, Chapter 11 business reorganization, insolvency, creditors’ rights, receiverships, commercial real estate, energy and energy services, oil and gas and Chapter 9 municipal insolvency. He represents debtors, secured lenders, asset purchasers and other stakeholders in complex reorganization, commercial litigation and transaction matters.

Joe is a frequent speaker and writer for continuing education seminars in the areas of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, business reorganization, real estate, small businesses, 363 sale agreements and insolvency law.

General Background

University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1988
The University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. Finance, 1985

Licensure and Admissions 

Supreme Court of Texas, 1988
United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional and Community Involvement 

American Bar Association (Business Law Section)
State Bar of Texas (Business Bankruptcy Law Section)
Houston Bar Association (Bankruptcy and Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Sections)
Arthur L. Moller/David B. Foltz, Jr. American Inns of Court (Treasurer and Past President)
American Bankruptcy Institute
Jewish Community Center of Houston Endowment Fund (Board of Directors)
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston (Board of Directors and past Executive Committee)
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (Lifetime Member)
MS150 -- Houstonian Club Hammerheads Team

Representative Cases

Amidee Capital Group (SD Texas) – represented senior lender to real estate development group with ownership of more than 50 commercial properties

ATEX Manufacturing, Inc. (SD Texas) – represented purchaser of all assets of specialty steel valve manufacturer under Chapter 11 plan

Axion Services, Inc. and Magnum Precision (SD Texas) – represented senior lender and agent in Chapter 7 cases of oil and gas service companies

Business Radio Network et al. (SD Texas) – represented purchaser of radio station and transfer of FCC licenses in SEC receivership action

Diverse Energy Systems, LLC (SD Texas) – represented lessors of industrial equipment and heavy machinery in Chapter 11 cases of oil and gas service companies

Dome Hydrocarbon LLC (SD Texas) – represented senior lender group in the sale of secured claims in Chapter 11 cases of refinery operation

Dynegy Holdings, LLC, et al. (SD New York) – represented commercial landlord in restructuring a lease and agreeing on assumption and assignment terms

ECCO Drilling, Ltd. (ED Texas) – represented Official Creditors’ Committee in the Chapter 11 cases of a drilling rig operator

Enron Corp. et al. (SD New York) – represented multiple creditors and stakeholders with trade claims, executory contracts and unexpired leases, and parties to joint venture agreements

Goldking Holdings, LLC (SD Texas) – represented multiple defendants in preference adversary proceedings commenced by post confirmation plan trustee

Logix Communications, Inc. (SD Texas) – represented Chapter 11 debtors in sale of assets and confirmation of reorganization plan and restructuring of debt

Pilgrim Cleaners, Inc. (SD Texas) -- represented Official Creditors’ Committee in Chapter 11 cases of dry cleaner operation with 110 retail and plant outlets

RAAM Global Energy (SD Texas) – represented licensors and property owners in Chapter 11 cases of oil and gas exploration and production companies

Reichmann Petroleum (SD Texas) – represented group of working interest holders in Chapter 11 cases of oil and gas exploration and production companies

Seahawk Drilling, LLC (SD Texas) – represented senior management members with compensation and severance claims in Chapter 11 cases of offshore drilling company

SemCrude, LP (Delaware) – represented working capital and revolving credit facility lenders in Chapter 11 cases

SMF Energy Corporation (SD Florida) – represented purchaser of Texas operations and approximately 200 fuel, lubricant and support vehicles in 363 sale agreement

Superior Offshore International (SD Texas) – represented purchaser of $100 million multi-purpose supply vessel and specialty equipment

Texas Systems & Controls and Dia-Den Ltd. (SD Texas) – represented senior lender in Chapter 11 cases of specialty manufacturing company

Representation of secured lenders in multiple single-asset real estate cases and ancillary guarantor liability litigation

Representation of commercial lessors in multiple Chapter 11 cases of retail businesses, restaurants and offices

5925 Almeda Tower North, LP (SD Texas) – represented Chapter 11 debtor as owner and developer of high-rise condominium project

Awards, Accolades and Recognition

Chambers USA Guide to America, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chambers & Partners Publishing, 2010-2016

Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014

The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor, Woodward/White, Inc., 2007-2016

Publications, Lectures and Presentation Topics

"How can a business escape from the preference action nightmare?" -- Houston Business Journal

"Bankruptcy: Cracking the Code" -- 10th Annual CLE International Negotiating Leases Conference

"Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code – How is your Business Affected?"

"The Bankruptcy Abuse, Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005" -- 29th Annual Convention of Texas Association of Bank Counsel

"Bankruptcy and Alternatives: Planning Ahead When Times are Bad" -- University of Houston Law Foundation Advising Small Business Seminar

"Cash Collateral. What is it? How does it work? Can counsel be held liable if Used Impermissibly?"

"Retail Workouts: Can Even the Strong Survive?" -- State Bar of Texas 27th Annual Advanced Business Bankruptcy Course and Houston Bar Association Real Estate Section Lunch

"Warning Signs and Problems Relating to Workouts" -- Houston Commercial Finance Association

"The Nuts & Bolts of Bankruptcy" -- Houston Bar Association

"The Top Ten Things Landlords Should Know When a Tenant Files Bankruptcy"

"Certification of Direct Appeals and Withdrawal of the Reference" -- South Texas Bench/Bar Conference and Small Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Conference

Contact Us

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Address, Phone & Email 

Joseph G Epstein PLLC
24 Greenway Plaza, Suite 970
Houston, Texas 77046

phone: 713-222-8400
email: joe@epsteintexaslaw.com


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