John Higgins leads the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice. His practice focuses on corporate reorganization, restructuring, acquisitions, and litigation. He has extensive experience representing entities in their Chapter 11 cases and/or out of court restructurings, creditors' committees, Chapter 11 and 7 Trustees, institutional and corporate creditors, and directors and officers. His practice also includes general civil litigation in both federal and state courts.

John is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also a Certified Mediator.

Honors & Recognitions

Leading Lawyer, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Texas), Chambers USA

Bankruptcy Firm of the Year, Chambers USA (Texas), 2019

Turnaround of the Year - PetroQuest Energy Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Turnaround Atlas Awards - Global M&A Network, 2019

Recommended Lawyer, Corporate Restructuring/Bankruptcy, The Legal 500

Listed, Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Bankruptcy Law, Best Lawyers in America, 2013, 2015 and 2018

Listed as one of the state's leading lawyers, Insolvency and Restructuring, Who's Who Legal: Texas

Listed, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2019

  • Chambers 2019
  • Chambers - Texas (Bankruptcy 2019)
  • Board Certified - Business Bankruptcy
  • Legal 500 (no year)



J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1983

B.S., Louisiana State University, 1980


United States District Court Southern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

American Board of Bankruptcy Certification

New York



Debtors Counsel

  • EMAS Chiyoda Subsea, Ltd.; Milagro Exploration, LLC; Stone Energy Corporation; UGHS Senior Living, Inc.; University General Health System, Inc.; Bigler, L.P.; Bison Building Materials, LLC; Community Health Computing Corp.; Continental Airlines, Inc. (Continental I); Contour Energy Co.; Diabetes America, Inc.; Doctors Hospital 1997 LP; Eagle Geophysical, Inc.; Easy Gardener Products Ltd.; Equalnet Communications Corp.; General Homes Corporation (I and II); KiOR, Inc.; Netversant Solutions, LLC; Philip Services Corporation; Superior Offshore International, Inc.; TransCom USA Management, Inc.; Texas Development Investors, Ltd.; Geokinetics Inc.; Neighbors Legacy Holdings, Inc.

Bondholder and Creditor

  • Cobalt International Energy, Inc.; Energy XXI; GenOn Energy, Inc.; LINN Energy, Inc.; Seadrill Limited; Ultra Petroleum Corp.; Vanguard Natural Resources, Inc.; Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC; Calpine Corporation; Chaparral Energy, Inc.; Dune Energy, Inc.; Energy & Exploration Partners, Inc.; Enron Corporation; Freedom Pipeline, LLC; HGIM Holdings, LLC; Humble Surgical Hospital, LLC; Lyondell Chemical Company; Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation; Mirant Corporation; MSB Energy, Inc.; New Gulf Resources, LLC; Palm Energy Partners, LLC; Pisces Energy, LLC; Quicksilver Resources Inc.; RAAM Global Energy Company; Reichmann Petroleum Corp.; Ryckman Creek Resources, LLC; Samson Resources Corporation; Siempre Energy, LLC; SunEdison Inc.

Secured Creditor and Lender

  • A&B Valve and Piping Systems, LLC; Erin Energy Corporation; Castex Energy Partners, L.P.; Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc.; Linc Energy USA, GP; LINN Energy, Inc.; Toys ‘R’ Us, Inc. (DIP Agent Counsel); Admiral Bay Resources, Inc.; Admiral Bay (USA), Inc.; Alliance Energy Corporation; BPI Energy, Inc.; Crutcher-Tufts Resources, L.P.; Buccaneer Resources, LLC; Delta CBM Holdings LLC; Dunhill Resources, Inc.; EnDevCo Eureka, LLC; Goldking Holdings, LLC; Irvine Energy PLC; Rancher Energy Corp.; Resource Technology Corporation; Star Resources, Inc.; TEC Resources LLC; Two Oaks Exploration and Production Company, LLC

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors

  • Montco Offshore, Inc. ATP Oil & Gas Corporation; Breitburn Energy Partners L.P.; Fayetteville-Floyd Gas Company, Inc.; Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation; Tekoil & Gas Corporation

Out-of-Court Workouts

  • U.S. Well Services, LLC; Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.; Cygnus Oil & Gas Corp.; Exterra Energy, Inc.; MSB Energy, Inc.; Sequent Energy Management; Star of Texas Energy Services, Inc.; Striker Petroleum, LLC

Representation and Defense of Officers and Directors

  • Energy XXI; Dune Energy, Inc.; American Smelting and Refining Company LLC (ASARCO); Lyondell Chemical Company

§363 Asset Purchase and Sale

  • Alpha Natural Resources; Buccaneer Resources, LLC; Calpine Corporation; Crusader Energy Group Inc.; Dune Energy, Inc.; Edge Petroleum Corporation; Encompass Services Corp.; Enron Corporation; Mirant Corporation; Osage Exploration and Development Inc.; Transcoastal Marine Service, Inc.; TIC United Corp.
  • Vantage Energy LLC as the successful bidder for oil and natural gas assets in Southwest Pennsylvania from Pennsylvania Land Resources, LLC, a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. for $339.5 million
  • Oklahoma-based Red Bluff Resources in the successful bid for assets of Osage Exploration and Development Inc.
  • Phillips Petroleum Company, Mission Resources, Inc., Torch Energy, Inc., Bridgeline Holdings, L.P., Contour Energy Co., and numerous other entities in the Enron Corp., et al. bankruptcy
  • Bridgeline Holdings, L.P.; Contour Energy Co.; and numerous other entities in the Entergy New Orleans, et al. bankruptcy
  • Equus Capital Management Corp. and affiliates as the post-petition lender and purchaser of substantially all of the assets in the Chapter 11 case of Reliant Building Products, Inc.
  • Several upstream and midstream energy companies in the Chapter 11 cases of Lyondell Chemical Company, et al.; Reichmann Petroleum Corp.; Freedom Pipeline, LLC; Pisces Energy LLC; Palm Energy Partners; Calpine Corp.; MSB Energy, Inc.; Mirant Corporation, et al.; Enron Corp.

Other Significant Representation

  • Chapter 11 trustee representation in Brown Medical Center, Inc.; Chapter 7 trustee representation of St. Marie’s Clinic, Quality Infusion Care, Inc., Spring ER, Inc., and Bellaire General Hospital
  • Physician-Owners in Chapter 11 case of Cleveland Imaging and Surgical Hospital, LLC
  • Bridgeline Holdings, L.P.; Contour Energy Co.; and numerous other entities in the Enron Corp., et al. and Entergy New Orleans, et al. bankruptcy cases
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation; Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Onshore, L.P.; Western Gas Resources, Inc.; and Concho Resources, Inc. in the Chapter 11 cases of SemCrude, L.P. and its affiliates, including Kerr-McGee in its capacity as a member of the Official Producer’s Committee
  • CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Energy Transfer Partners, LP in several bankruptcy cases
  • Linc Energy Creditor Trust



Media Mentions


American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow

Houston Bar Association, Member

American Bar Association, Member

Federal Bar Association, Member

Woodlands Bar Association, Member

University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association, Member

Board of Directors, 1999-2001

American Bankruptcy Institute, Member

Commercial Law League of America, Member

Former adjunct professor of bankruptcy law, University of Houston Law Center

Turnaround Management Association (Houston chapter)

Board of Directors, Member

Former Houston Chapter President, 2013