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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.

Mr. Ruzinsky has approximately 30 years experience in representing creditors, creditors' committees, trustees, debtors, landlords, and/or asset purchasers in various industries and business environments, including energy, real estate, shipping, manufacturing, transportation, retail, entertainment, wholesale produce, heath care, and personal services. He was extensively involved in representing large creditors in the R&R Marine, Kimball Trading, TransTexas and TriUnion cases, 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, and the letter of credit issuing bank in the Osyka case. He also represented large creditors in the Enron, Durango, Tekoil and Seahawk cases, and the Chairman of the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee in the Panaco case.

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.

Mr. Ruzinsky chairs the firm's bankruptcy section and heads the Houston office litigation section.

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Organization Membership

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.

Community Involvement

Mr. Ruzinsky serves on the Houston area Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee having chaired or co-chaired it for over 20 years and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Duke University Alumni Association. He is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership and the Tournament Committee for the Nicholas Alexander Higgins Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital. He also has handled pro bono matters for the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.

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Peer Recognition

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 has been named the Texas Minority Counsel Program 2015 Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year.

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  • Bruce J. Ruzinsky
Houston Office
T: 713.752.4204
F: 713.308.4155

  • 2015 Chambers
Practice Areas

B.A., magna cum laude, Duke University (NC)

J.D., Duke University School of Law
Bar Admissions

  • 1984, Texas
Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Western, and Southern District of Texas
  • 100 else 'Eleventh!= 'Fifth' || 'Circuit' != 'Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh and Fifth Circuit
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