About Michaela C. Crocker

Michaela Crocker helps clients navigate through the most complex Chapter 11 cases, both traditional and pre-negotiated. Over her career, she has managed plan negotiations, asset sales, debtor-in-possession financing, leases and executory contracts, preference and fraudulent transfer matters, and bankruptcy appeals.

Sophisticated counsel rooted in the ability to see the big picture

Clients from across the country rely on Michaela’s deep experience and business-oriented approach. She regularly represents debtors, creditors, Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustees, and creditors' committees with insolvency matters that range in complexity. Michaela is well versed in the unique needs of clients in the retail, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Michaela served as a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara J. Houser of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, allowing her to work closely with bankruptcy judges in Texas and beyond. While in law school, she served as articles editor of SMU Law Review.

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Practice Focus

  • Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Financing, leases and executory contracts
  • Asset sales
  • Bankruptcy appeals

Representative Experience

  • Represented more than 100 affiliated debtors in a pre-negotiated Chapter 11 case based on a debt-for equity exchange that was confirmed within 75 days of case filing. *
  • Represented debtors in the liquidation of one of the largest retail furniture chains in Texas. *
  • Represented the Chapter 11 trustee of a holding company that owed non-debtor operating subsidiaries engaged in telecommunications and media businesses in the United States, Virgin Islands, Martinique and Guadeloupe. *
  • Represented multiple debtors subject to mass tort liability seeking to establish asbestos trusts under Section 524(g) of the Bankruptcy Code. *
* Experience prior to Katten

Presentations and Events

  • Fifth Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference
    Presenter | Best Practices – First Day Motions and Hearings
    February 22–24, 2012
  • Southern District of Texas Houston/Galveston Bench Bar Conference
    Presenter | Bankruptcy Case Law Review
    June 21–22, 2012
  • 13th Anniversary Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference | State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Law Section
    Panelist | Judges and Law Clerks Panel
    April 19, 2019
  • Bankruptcy Workshop | Federal Bar Association
    Presenter
    November 2013
  • American College of Bankruptcy Circuit Review
    Contributor
    2011–2012
  • Shifting Sands: Claims Transfer Focus
    Co-author | University of Texas Advanced Business Bankruptcy Seminar
    2003
  • Sarbanes-Oxley—Key Bankruptcy Related Issues
    Co-author | Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section
    2002