Sharon M. Beausoleil

Of Counsel


Sharon Beausoleil is a senior counsel in Foley & Lardner LLP's Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice in Houston. She focuses her practice on complex bankruptcy matters and related bankruptcy litigation for clients in a wide range of industries, including aviation, chemical, energy, maritime and refining sectors. Her clients include secured and unsecured creditors, major contract parties and parties interested in acquiring assets from distressed companies.

Prior to joining the firm, Sharon served as senior legal counsel in the global supply chain group for an international exploration and production company, where she handled procurement, transportation and shipping matters for operations in the North Sea, West Africa, the Middle East and the United States.

Sharon also has prior law firm experience, where she was lead counsel for a major integrated energy company. She represented that company and its affiliates in various bankruptcy matters throughout the United States. She also was very involved in local and national professional groups, serving in various leadership roles. Sharon started her career as the law clerk to the Hon. Wesley Steen, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (retired).

Sharon's extensive industry experience makes her a unique resource for Foley clients.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Business Section
    • Litigation Section
    • Issue Editor, Bankruptcy Litigation, Newsletter for the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation Committee (2008-2010)
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Business Law Section
    • Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section
  • Member, Houston Bar Association (2003-2012, 2015-present)
    • Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Section
    • Bankruptcy Section (served in various leadership positions)
  • Former Member, Greater Houston Partnership's Women's Business Alliance (2011-2014)
    • Steering Committee (2011-2013)
  • Founding Member, International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Houston Network (2005-2012)
    • Former Chair (2005-2009)
  • Founding Member, The Arthur L. Moller - David B. Foltz, Jr. American Inn of Court (2005-2012) (served in various leadership positions)

Community Involvement

  • Chair, Lamar Park Committee, Hyde Park Civic Association (2015-2016)

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, “Franchising and Insolvency,” in Lexology’s Franchise Practice Guide (4th ed.) (March 2022)

    Honors & Awards

    • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©   
      • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization (2012, 2013, 2019-2023)
      • Litigation: Bankruptcy (2012, 2013)
      • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights Law (2009-2011)
    • Recognized, Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine 
      • Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2005, 2007-2009)


    • J.D., South Texas College of Law, (1999)
      • Member, South Texas Law Review
    • B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara, (1991), with honors
      • Political Science


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


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