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Blake Bailey is a Principal in McKool Smith's Houston office. He represents clients in a broad range of bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation-related matters, including disputes involving breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duties, recovery of fraudulent transfers, and recovery of secured property, among others. Blake’s clients include national and international companies, officers and directors, debtors, trustees, and creditors and creditors’ committees.  

Upon graduation from Stanford Law School, Blake served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Edith Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Houston. During law school, he was a research assistant for Professor Michael Klausner for Stanford's Securities Class Action Clearinghouse. After completing his undergraduate studies at Trinity University, he worked at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. for several years, where he forecasted investment levels in the U.S. economy and analyzed underlying factors in U.S. productivity.


Representative Matters

  • CenturyLink. Representing CenturyLink in defense of a mass-action lawsuit involving sixty-four plaintiffs in five discrete groups that brought securities fraud claims relating to a sale of control of a distressed company. 
  • Canyon Ridge Resort LLC. Representing a hotel development firm against an investment bank for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.
  • Oil Producers Litigation. Counsel to more than 80 independent Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas oil producers in lawsuits against various purchasers of crude oil, including Goldman Sachs subsidiary J. Aron & Company and a BP subsidiary arising out of a major midstream energy transporter’s bankruptcy.
  • E-Recycling Group Inc. Counsel to E-Recycling in litigation against a joint-venturer involving breaches of contracts. 
  • Freddie Mac. Represents Freddie Mac in litigation related to the bankruptcy of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp., which was the largest independent mortgage lender in the United States that collapsed due to fraud in 2009.
  • CenturyLink Inc. Counsel to CenturyLink in a shareholder oppression lawsuit brought by former shareholders of a former subsidiary.
  • Liquidation Trustee for Gulf Fleet Holdings Inc. Counsel to the Gulf Fleet Liquidating Trustee in litigation against former insiders for breaches of fiduciary duties and receipt of fraudulent transfers.

Past Representative Matters

  • EJF Capital LLC. Represented EJF Capital against contract action for breach of Indenture Agreement. 
  • Liquidation Trustee for BearingPoint Inc. Represented the BearingPoint Liquidating Trustee in litigation against former officers and directors for breaches of fiduciary duty. 
  • Liquidation Trustee for Deep Marine Inc. Represented the Deep Marine Liquidating Trustee in litigation against former insiders for breaches of fiduciary duty and receipt of fraudulent transfers. 

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J.D., Order of the Coif, Stanford Law School, 2009

  • Stanford Law and Policy Review, Editor
  • Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Editor

B.A., magna cum laude, Economics and History, Trinity University, 2003

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
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