Bruce J. Ruzinsky
Bruce J. Ruzinsky focuses his practice primarily on representing financial institutions, corporations, and other business entities in workout/restructure efforts, chapter bankruptcy proceedings, and litigation. He approaches his career proactively and cost-effectively.
Mr. Ruzinsky has over 30 years' experience in representing creditors, creditors' committees, trustees, debtors, landlords, and asset purchasers in various industries and business environments, including energy, real estate, healthcare, shipping, manufacturing, transportation, retail, entertainment, wholesale produce, heath care, and personal services.
He represents (or previously represented) large creditors in the Sabine Oil & Gas, Samson Resources, Swift Energy, Buckingham Oil, Magnum Hunter Resources, Cal Dive, Hercules Offshore, Miller Energy, Enron, RR Marine, Tekoil, Seahawk Drilling, Victory Healthcare and Handy Hardware cases. He also represented the contract operator in the McKenzie Methane case, the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee in the first Continental Airlines case, the Indenture Trustee in the Seven Seas Petroleum and Eagle Geophysical cases, agent banks in the Global Marine, Southern Mineral and North American Petroleum cases, seismic licensors in the Global Geophysical Dune Energy and Milagro Oil & Gas cases, the debtor's president in the Davis Petroleum case, the Debtor in the HRD, Cooper Manufacturing and NR Offshore cases, a major litigant in the Houston Regional Sports Network case, the Trustee in the CNC Payroll and Trinity Energy cases, an asset purchaser in the Torqued-Up Energy Services case, the letter of credit issuing bank in the Osyka case, and the Chairman of the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee in the Panaco case. He currently represents (a) multiple mid-stream companies in connection with the treatment of their contracts in producer bankruptcy cases, and (b) lenders in workouts of various producers and service companies.
Mr. Ruzinsky has litigated a wide variety of issues in Chapter 11 cases, including involuntary petition, cash collateral, DIP lending, automatic stay, sale/sale procedures, avoidance action, turnover, discharge/dischargeability, exemption, dismissal/conversion, abstention, executory contract/lease, Trustee/Examiner/CRO, proof of claim, Safe Harbor Provisions and plan confirmation issues. He has also handled workouts in a wide variety of industries.
Mr. Ruzinsky has served on the Chapter 11 Advisory Committee for the Southern District of Texas, and is a member of the Houston Bar Association (past Chairman of the Bankruptcy Section and past Co-Chair of the Committee on Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession), the Houston area bankruptcy Inn of Court (Past President), the State Bar of Texas, and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Mr. Ruzinsky serves on the UNCF South Texas Leadership Council (and was an honorary co-chair for the UNCF's Houston Gala in 2014). He also serves on the Houston area Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee (having chaired or co-chaired it for over 20 years) and he is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Duke University Alumni Association. He has served as a member of the Greater Houston Partnership, the Tournament Committee for the Nicholas Alexander Higgins Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting Texas Children's Hospital, and the Houston Urban Debate League. He also has handled pro bono matters for the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.
Mr. Ruzinsky is included in the 2012-2015 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Bankruptcy/Restructuring. Mr. Ruzinsky was named a "Super Lawyer" (2003-2015) by Thomson Reuters. He has also been named a "Top Lawyer" by H Texas magazine. He is included in The Best Lawyers in America under Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2008-2016) and under Litigation – Bankruptcy (2012-2016). He also was named the Texas Minority Counsel Program 2015 Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year.
Speeches / Publications
He has authored or co-authored various articles on such bankruptcy related topics as purchasing assets from the debtor's estate, post-petition lending, setoffs and constructive trusts, and general bankruptcy considerations in connection with foreclosure and repossession. He also regularly speaks on various bankruptcy law related topics. For example, in the past 12 months he spoke on four panels/co-presented four bankruptcy law programs to upstream and mid-stream industry groups.
Links to Publications
B.A., magna cum laude, Duke University (NC)
J.D., Duke University School of Law