Marcus Alan Helt



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)


  • 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


  • 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

Representative Matters

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Representation of Linens ‘N Things, a national retail chain, in its Chapter 11 proceedings
Gardere represented Enerven Services, LLC, Enerven Compression Services, LLC and Worldwide Energy Solutions Co., LLC in the sale of all of their natural gas compression assets to J-W Power Company.
Represented a Chapter 11 trustee in a nationwide Ponzi scheme involving apartment complexes