Bonds Ellis Eppich Schafer Jones LLP Opens Houston Office, Welcomes Three Attorneys
Expansion makes the firm’s bankruptcy practice among largest in Texas
Bonds Ellis Eppich Schafer Jones LLP has opened an office in Houston – its first location outside of Fort Worth – and added to its Bankruptcy Group attorneys Ken Green and Aaron Guerrero as partners and Bryan Prentice as a senior associate, all based in Houston.
The Houston office, centrally located in the city’s Memorial area at 950 Echo Lane, Suite 120, enhances the firm’s growth strategy, both locally and nationally, while supporting the firm’s industry priority groups.
“We are very excited to welcome Ken, Aaron and Bryan to the firm to help establish our new Houston office,” said Christian Ellis, a litigation partner at the firm. “We have worked with these attorneys on other cases for the last couple of years, serving as co-counsel with them on several matters. Over the years, they have become referral sources and friends, and it seemed natural for us to explore the idea of opening a Houston office with them.”
Firm partner Joshua Eppich, a member of the Bankruptcy Group, added “This is an exciting new chapter for our firm and our intention is to grow the Houston office from this core of three attorneys, further expanding our reach into the Texas legal market and also attracting new legal talent into the firm. Ken, Aaron and Bryan primarily engage with energy companies, and we are excited to also market our Fort Worth attorneys to those new clients, as well as market the abilities of the new Houston attorneys for our existing clients.”
Green said, “we are honored to join Bonds Ellis Eppich Schafer Jones. The firm has a stellar reputation, and this presents an excellent opportunity to expand our core practice areas which will enhance our ability to better serve our clients’ needs, both in and outside the courtroom.”
Green’s practice is focused on complex corporate restructuring matters, including Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts and litigation matters, primarily involving energy companies. He has represented creditors in complex Chapter 11 oil and gas cases in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Colorado, Alaska, New York, Delaware, and other jurisdictions. He has extensive experience in representing secured and unsecured creditors, official committees, trustees, and other significant parties-in-interest in energy industry bankruptcies. In addition, he represents clients in state and federal court litigation, including appeals, and in oil and gas acquisitions and divestitures and other transactional matters.
Guerrero’s practice routinely includes representation of unsecured creditors, trustees in bankruptcies, liquidating trustees, lien creditors, creditors’ committees, preference defendants, landlords, and prospective purchasers in business reorganization bankruptcies and associated litigation, both in state and federal court, including the bankruptcy court. His practice also routinely includes negotiating and drafting transactional documents primarily related to oil and gas matters.
Prentice’s practice includes representation of unsecured and secured creditors in business reorganization and associated litigation. His practice also routinely includes litigating commercial matters from contract disputes, lien enforcement actions, and commercial torts. He has extensive experience arguing motions for summary judgment and in discovery practice, as well as second-chair trial experience.
Bonds Ellis Eppich Schafer Jones LLP is made up of former “big firm” attorneys who continue to work on complex legal matters across the state and nationwide, while cultivating personal client relationships within a smaller business platform. The firm’s areas of expertise include bankruptcy and reorganization, corporate transactions, construction law, business litigation, appellate law, employment law, oil and gas transactions and litigation, and insurance law. For more information, visit www.bondsellis.com