Founded in 2019, Howley Law is a boutique law firm focused on providing cost-effective client centric service to individuals and companies. We are driven on a daily basis to serve the best interests of our clients with the utmost integrity and highest ethical standards. Our firm gets retained to help solve legal and financial problems of all shapes and sizes.

From the initial consultation, we devote personal time and attention getting to know you and/or your company to best understand the client’s overarching goals and objectives recognizing that the legal side is quite often only one piece of the puzzle. While we are focused on minimizing the risks facing each client situation, we take pride in helping the client identify and harness all available opportunities to create value for the stakeholders. We serve as a trusted advisor and strategic advocate to deliver the most efficient and practical solution available to the client.

Given its boutique size and cost structure combined with its sophisticated experience, Howley Law gladly works with larger firms to serve as conflict counsel, local counsel or to serve as a referral conduit to handle smaller discrete matters on behalf of clients of larger firms. We will “stay in our lane” respecting the trust inherent in an attorney referral. We will provide a positive client experience to the mutual client, then hand the client back as a satisfied customer to the larger firm – a win-win result for all. We have also developed a niche practice advising many trial law firms with regard to consulting and lift stay services in bankruptcy cases that impact current or future litigation claims.

We have helped numerous small and medium sized companies restructure and modify their debts and obligations successfully both in and out of court. Tom Howley and Eric Terry both serve as Subchapter V Trustees in small business reorganizations in the Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas.

Finally, we are actively involved in multiple wind down matters of previous debtors in chapter 11 cases. We can serve as counsel to the liquidating trustee or serve as the liquidating trustee or plan administrator in a cost effective manner. We have developed sophisticated and vast knowledge of wind down proceedings and are able to anticipate many issues that arise in these projects to ensure a smooth wind down of the corporate entities and timely distribution of the remaining assets to the creditors.

We provide best in class service in the following areas of the law:

  • General corporate and contract law;

  • Wind down work and Liquidation Trustee roles;

  • Finance, loan and debt agreements;

  • Liability management advice;

  • Consultant and advisor to private equity firms on troubled situations;

  • Corporate governance to officers, individual directors, restructuring committees and boards;

  • Out of court workouts, restructurings and debt relief;

  • Receiver roles in the context of state court actions;

  • Distressed acquisitions and sales;

  • Distressed contract counterparty risk;

  • Bankruptcy;

  • Subchapter V Small Business Reorganizations;

  • Bankruptcy disputes and monitoring;

  • Work with trial attorneys on bankruptcy advice, lift stay and consulting services;

  • Debtor/Creditor rights;

  • 363 sales of assets;

  • Conflict and/or special counsel;

  • Local counsel for out of town law firms; and

  • Examiner and trustee roles in bankruptcy cases.

Current or Recent Experience

  • Local Counsel to Anagram and its affiliates in their chapter 11 cases;

  • Represent E&P operator in Louisiana with regard to liability management options and strategies;

  • Represent insurers with regard to protecting their rights in chapter 11 and 7 cases;

  • Represent Eagle Valley and affiliates (upstream oil & gas producer) in successful Subchapter V case;

  • Local counsel to numerous Ad Hoc Groups of leaders in chapter 11 cases such as Loyalty Ventures, Audacy and Venator;

  • Represent a renewable energy plant in successful out of court reorganization;

  • Represent a logistics company with regard to liability management options & strategies;

  • Represent multiple creditors and counter parties in crypto related chapter 11 cases;

  • Bankruptcy conflicts counsel for the debtors in Lilis Energy chapter 11 cases;

  • Represent an upstream and midstream company in efforts to restructure its liabilities and obligations;

  • Represent a solar power provider in the Talen Energy chapter 11 cases;

  • Local Counsel to the Creditors’ Committee in Castex Energy 2005 Holdco chapter 11 cases in the Southern District of Texas;

  • The Liquidating Trustee of an oilfield supply company chapter 11 case pending in the District of Delaware;

  • Defended an international corporation against preference claims initiated in the Dean Foods chapter 11 cases and reached successful early settlement of such claims;

  • Represent numerous officers & directors as co-defense counsel along with trial law firms in responding to breach of duty claims in the context of a bankruptcy or wind down of a corporate entity;

  • Represent a furniture manufacturer in successful Subchapter V case;

  • Represent a tenant in the chapter 11 cases of CBL Associates and Washington Prime Group filed in the Southern District of Texas;

  • Represent several claimants and plaintiffs in lift stay efforts in the cases of OFS International and Basic Energy Services;

  • Represent an oilfield services company in a successful court workout and amendment to its credit facility;

  • Managing the wind down of Lilis Energy as Liquidation Trustee and counsel to the Trustee;

  • Represented several landlords in the California Resources Corp. chapter 11 cases;

  • Represented a beauty care company in liability management & workout options;

  • Represent a private equity backed investor in the pursuit of distressed upstream oil & gas assets;

  • Represent a midstream provider in the chapter 11 cases of Fieldwood Energy in the complex reorganization of its assets into multiple different entities;

  • Represented several royalty and working interest owners in the Chesapeake chapter 11 cases in Houston and reached successful settlements with regard to their pre and post petition claims;

  • Represented landlord in Men’s Wearhouse / Tailored Brands chapter 11 cases;

  • Represent numerous unsecured creditors in Upstream oil & gas cases related to rights such as statutory lien priority versus the RBL lender, general unsecured rights and providing services post-petition pursuant to a critical vendor order;

  • Serve as the post-confirmation Debtor Liquidation Trustee in the GUE f/k/a FTD, Inc. chapter 11 cases in Delaware;

  • Represented a national franchisor with regard to a significant franchisee chapter 11 case;

  • Represent numerous private equity firms with regard to liability management options for their portfolio companies;

  • Represent numerous investors with regard to potential investments in distressed situations;

  • Represent numerous borrowers in negotiations with banks about loan modification, debt relief, forbearance agreements and waivers; and

  • Represent numerous boards of directors, management teams and companies with regard to liability management and comprehensive solutions to financial hurdles.


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Tom A. Howley Recognized in 2023’s Best Lawyers

Houston, Texas – 9/15/2022 – Tom A. Howley is pleased to have been recognized as a 2023 Best Lawyer in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Tom has held this recognition by his peers since 2016.
Founded in 2019, Howley Law PLLC provides legal services in corporate, contract, finance, restructuring and bankruptcy law matters.
Howley Law PLLC has developed special expertise in the area of corporate wind downs and is actively seeking engagements as plan administrator or liquidation trustee. In addition, we are seeking to expand our fiduciary experience by serving as an independent board member as part of a workout process.

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Howley Law PLLC

Houston, Texas – 9/1/2021 – Howley Law PLLC is pleased to have been recognized by Best Lawyers in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Founded in 2019, Howley Law PLLC provides legal services in corporate, contract, finance, restructuring and bankruptcy law matters.

Tom A. Howley Recognized in 2021’s Best Lawyers

Houston, Texas – 9/3/2020 – Tom A. Howley is pleased to have been recognized as a 2021 Best Lawyer in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Tom has held this recognition by his peers since 2016.

Founded in 2019, Howley Law PLLC provides legal services in corporate, contract, finance, restructuring and bankruptcy law matters.

Houston attorney Mr. Thomas A. Howley honored by Texas Bar Foundation.

December 18, 2019 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Contact: Baillie Hearne, (512) 480-8014, bhearne@txbf.org
Mr. Thomas A. Howley with Howley Law PLLC has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Mr. Howley's contributions to the legal profession.

Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation is restricted to members of the State Bar of Texas. Each year the top one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys are invited to become Fellows. Once nominees are selected, they must be elected by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Membership has grown from an initial 255 Charter Members in 1965 to more than 10,000 Fellows throughout Texas today.

The Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the country, founded in 1965 by lawyers determined to assist the public and improve the profession of law, the Texas Bar Foundation has maintained its mission of using the financial contributions of its membership to build a strong justice system for all Texans. To date, the Texas Bar Foundation has distributed more than $20 million throughout Texas to assist nonprofit organizations with a wide range of justice-related programs and services. For more information, contact the Texas Bar Foundation at www.txbf.org.


In addition to Tom, Eric and Roland, Howley Law has a network of attorneys that it can draw upon and tap either on a contract or joint venture basis depending on the size and scope of the relevant project. We will discuss in advance with the client any particular staffing needs and set up the most cost-effective approach to handling the matter.


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