Melina N. Bales

Associate

Overview

Melina Bales is an associate in Foley & Lardner LLP’s Financial Restructuring and Reorganization Practice. Melina concentrates her practice on assisting clients through complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations and out-of-court workouts and turnarounds. Melina also maintains a healthy commercial litigation practice. She has represented national and international business clients through sophisticated high-stakes litigation. Melina thoroughly enjoys advocating for her clients’ interests both in and outside of the courtroom through creative and efficient solutions.

While in law school, she clerked with U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffery Manske for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. She was also an intern for American Gateways, an organization developed to help refugees fleeing war in Central America. Lastly, she participated in the Hispanic National Bar Association's Moot Court Competition where her team placed second for advocacy and finished first place for best brief.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Texas State Bar
  • Member, John C. Ford American Inn of Court
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers 
  • Member, Dallas Women Lawyers Association

Representative Matters

  • SAExploration Holdings, Inc., et al. (20-34306, S.D. Tex.)—Ad Hoc Committee for the Non-Consenting Creditors counsel currently representing a myriad of confirmation issues relating to the Debtors’ proposed plan of reorganization
  • Preferred Care Inc. et al. (17-44642, N.D. Tex.)—Debtors’ counsel for thirty-three (33) skilled nursing facilities in Kentucky and New Mexico that were part of one of the nation’s largest chains of nursing facilities with approximately $750 million in total liabilities
  • Acis Capital Management, L.P., and Acis Capital Management GP, LLC (18-30264, N.D. Tex.)—Counsel for Highland Capital Management as one of the largest creditors in the Debtors’ bankruptcy case addressing involuntary bankruptcy issues and successfully prevented the Debtors’ initial attempt to confirm the first plan of reorganization
  • Reagor-Dykes Motors, LP (18-50214, N.D. Tex.)—Debtors’ counsel for auto dealerships with 11 locations that filed for chapter 11 protection in August 2018 that resulted in a successful confirmation of a Plan of Liquidation. This representation included addressing and resolving several consumer and creditor issues
  • Frankie V’s Kitchen, LLC (19-31717, N.D. Tex.)—Debtor’s counsel for food manufacturer that filed chapter 11 in May 2019, successfully sold its assets, and confirmed a Plan of Liquidation
  • Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (19-12051, D. Del.)—Counsel for the Committee conducting due diligence on the proposed sale of substantially of all the Debtor's assets

Education

  • Baylor University School of Law (J.D., 2017)
    • Dean's List
  • The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 2014)
    • Government (major)
    • Psychology (minor)

Admissions

  • Texas (2017)
  • The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (2018)

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish - fluent
  • French - conversational