Marcus Alan Helt

Partner

Overview

Bankruptcy attorney Marcus Helt has a national debtor-focused bankruptcy practice, primarily comprising the restructuring of companies in and out of bankruptcy, debtors' rights, debtor-in-possession financers and acquisitions of distressed assets and companies. His clients are increasingly coming from the energy sector. Marcus is known for his creative, solutions-oriented approach in Chapter 11 proceedings. He has served as Chapter 11 attorney to the following:

  • Dallas Proton Treatment Center, LLC, et al., in their Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Color Star Growers of Colorado, Inc., et al., in their Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Team Express Distributing, LLC, in its Chapter 11 proceeding
  • Chapter 11 trustee for the bankruptcy estates of Xtreme Iron LLC and Xtreme Iron Holdings LLC
  • Chapter 11 trustee for the bankruptcy estate of American Housing Foundation Inc
  • Renaissance Hospitals in the Chapter 11 bankruptcies, resulting in plan confirmation and §363 sale of assets
  • Dorado Beckville Partners I LP in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, resulting in plan confirmation and full payout plus interest to unsecured creditors
  • Debtor-in-possession lender to American LaFrance in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, resulting in plan confirmation and successful exit from bankruptcy
  • Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc. in confirmation of a Chapter 11 plan, resulting in full payout plus interest to unsecured creditors
  • Buyer of substantially all of the debtor’s assets in Fleming Foods Inc. Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Marcus has served as Court-Appointed Receiver of Sethi Petroleum, LLC, a company engaged in the acquisition of non-operating mineral interests.

His years of experience as a bankruptcy attorney have also seen Marcus represent the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Mid-States Supply Company, Inc., an oil-field supply company, in its Chapter 11 proceeding. He has also represented the Official Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in Moore Medical Center LLC, resulting in a §363 sale of its assets and corresponding liquidation and was counsel to Brook Mays Music Co. in the § 363 sale of all of its assets and corresponding liquidation. He served as co-counsel to the Official Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in Farmland Industries Inc., resulting in plan confirmation and full payout plus interest to unsecured creditors.

Additionally, Marcus has represented a number of debtors in successfully executing an out-of-court restructuring of debts.

In addition, Marcus handles virtually all types of bankruptcy-related litigation. For example, he was trial counsel to the liquidating trustee in the prosecution of $700,000 preference verdict.

Marcus serves as Chair of the firm's Texas Bankruptcy Practice.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Kansas Bar
  • Member, The Missouri Bar
  • Member, John C. Ford American Inn of Court

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers® in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.)
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2012-2018)
  • Recognized, IFLR1000
    • Banking & Financial Restructuring (2018)
  • Recognized, The M&A Advisor, 12th Annual Turnaround Awards
    • Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Over $25MM to $100MM) (2017)​
  • Recognized, Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2007-2009, 2011-2014)

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law (2000), magna cum laude
    • Member, Order of the Woolsack
    • Recognized, Dean’s Scholar
    • Recipient, Various Academic Awards
  • B.S., Missouri State University (1995), magna cum laude
    • Member, Golden Key International Honor Society

Admissions

  • Texas (2000)
  • Texas State Courts (2000)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Kansas State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • Missouri State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri

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