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NEW YORK/HOUSTON – The national litigation firm of McKool Smith is announcing the firm’s expansion into bankruptcy practice with the addition of a new practice led by noted bankruptcy attorney Hugh M. Ray.  

McKool Smith’s new Houston office is located at 600 Travis Street, Suite 7000, in the downtown Houston JPMorgan Chase Tower.  

“Hugh Ray is one of the top bankruptcy lawyers in the nation, and we are proud to have him lead our firm into this growing area of the law,” says Mike McKool, co-founder of McKool Smith.  “Hugh and the rest of his team are known nationwide for their work in some of the country’s most significant bankruptcy matters.  When we realized we had the opportunity to bring in Hugh and his group, this was an easy decision.” 

Mr. Ray says the move to McKool Smith is based on several factors. 

“It’s no secret that McKool Smith has some of the finest courtroom lawyers anywhere, which is one of the main reasons we decided to join the firm,” says Mr. Ray.  “I’m also very excited about helping the firm build a world-class bankruptcy practice.” 

During more than 40 years as a practicing attorney, Mr. Ray has played a lead role in some of the country’s most recognizable bankruptcy proceedings, including matters involving Lyondell Petrochemical, First Republic Bank Corp., Continental Airlines, Semcrude, L.P., First City Bancorporation, Power Company of America L.L.C., L. Tersigni Consulting, and many others. In addition to making several appearances before Congress to testify on proposed amendments to the Federal Bankruptcy Code, Mr. Ray also has served in leadership positions with many notable bankruptcy and business groups, including serving as Chairman of the Business Bankruptcy Committee for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Business Law Section, Chairman of the ABA Energy Business Committee, and member of the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Selection, Tenure and Compensation. Prior to his work in private practice, Mr. Ray worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in Houston. 

Mr. Goodman has represented clients in complex bankruptcies for more than 20 years, including Adelphia Communications Corp., KCS Energy Inc., Bank of New England Corp., Semcrude, L.P., First City Bancorporation, Power Company of America L.L.C., L. Tersigni Consulting and PSINet Consulting Solutions Holdings, Inc., and many others. He has been recognized as one of the state’s top bankruptcy lawyers in New York Super Lawyers magazine.  

Mr. Moak has been involved in a wide range of complex Chapter 11 cases.  In his practice, he has represented debtors, secured lenders, creditor committees and equity committees in bankruptcy reorganization proceedings, as well as bankruptcy-related litigation matters.  He possesses particular expertise in the energy, health care, chemicals, and aviation industries. 

McKool Smith is recognized as one of the premier trial law firms in the United States based on significant courtroom victories and substantial settlements for domestic and international clients. With more than 100 attorneys in Dallas, Austin, Houston, Marshall, New York, and Washington DC, McKool Smith handles commercial, intellectual property and white collar litigation for companies and individuals, including major airlines, telecommunications companies, medical device manufacturers, oil & gas concerns, and many others. McKool Smith is recognized in The National Law Journal for winning more of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2008 than any other law firm in the country. 

For more information, please contact Mike Androvett at 800.559.4534 or mike@androvett.com. 

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