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Monica S. Blacker


Monica Blacker has extensive experience assisting clients in recovering their money and collateral when borrowers default or file for bankruptcy. She represents major creditors in many of the oil & gas cases currently in bankruptcy. She also regularly represents secured and unsecured creditors and debtors in restructurings. She takes a collaborative approach to her practice with the goal of obtaining the highest possible recovery for her clients in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Ms. Blacker routinely represents clients in court proceedings and out-of court restructurings and has played a leading role in a number of significant restructurings. A few recent examples include:

  • Represents the largest unsecured trade creditor and co-chair of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 proceedings of Energy Future Holdings, Corp. (formerly TXU)
  • Represents midstream company in the Chapter 11 proceeding of Parallel Energy
  • Represents trade creditor in Sherwin Alumina Chapter 11 proceeding
  • On behalf of a secured creditor, secured full recovery on a $492 million loan in the PJ Finance Chapter 11 proceeding
  • Represents several large institutional landlords in bankruptcy proceedings in Texas, New York, and Delaware

Ms. Blacker's accomplishments on behalf of clients have earned her recognition in the US Legal 500 as a Leading Corporate Restructuring Lawyer in the U.S. and by ALM as one of Texas' Top Rated Lawyers in Bankruptcy.

In addition to her particular experience representing secured lenders, Ms. Blacker has assisted clients with a broad range of restructuring matters, including:

  • Representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and creditors' committees in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings
  • Representing upstream and midstream oil & gas companies in bankruptcy matters
  • Representing individual and institutional landlords in tenant disputes, including collection and bankruptcy matters
  • Representing buyers in multiple distressed asset purchases in and out of court
  • Representing secured lenders in real estate-related out-of-court workouts and foreclosures
  • Representing master and special servicers on behalf of trustees in commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) transactions
  • Representing lenders and servicers in significant loan assumptions and loan modifications both in and out of court

Ms. Blacker has worked with clients in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, real estate, energy, banking, communications, restaurants, technology, manufacturing, and transportation (trucking and air). She practices before courts in Texas, Delaware, Delaware, North Carolina, Louisiana, Illinois, and other states.

Ms. Blacker also serves on Jackson Walker's Business Development and JW Women (JW2) Committees.

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Organization Membership

  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Past Chair
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Real Estate Section
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation

Community Involvement

  • Taste of NFC Host Committee benefiting North Texas Food Bank
  • Sponsorship and Planning Committee, National Association of Women Lawyers for a Night of Giving Reception benefiting Texas Lawyers for Children
  • Women on the Move Luncheon benefiting National MS Society, Host Committee Member and Committee Chair
  • Team Captain for two teams benefiting Cycle for Survival
  • Cancer Support Community North Texas (formerly Gilda's Club), Board of Directors
  • Annual Fund Chair, St. John's Episcopal School

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Peer Recognition

  • Leading Corporate Restructuring Lawyer in the United States, The US Legal 500 (2012)
  • Texas' Top Rated Lawyers in Bankruptcy, ALM (2012)
  • Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters (2011)
  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program's Finest

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Speeches / Publications

Ms. Blacker has presented the following:

  • "Bankruptcy Issues in the Midstream Oil and Gas Sector," co-presented at the 4th Midstream Oil and Gas Law Conference (2015)
  • "Dealing with Counterparty/Bankruptcy Risk in Upstream Oil and Industry," co-presented at the 33rd Annual Advanced Oil, Gas, & Energy Resources Law Conference (2015)
  • "Bragging Rights: How to Effectively Complete Your Self-Evaluation," presented to Bank of America’s Power of 10 and Jackson Walker Women’s groups in Dallas and San Antonio(2015)
  • "Bankruptcy Best Practices," co-presented at the NAREC 2015 Financial Management and Operations Conference (2015)
  • "Business: What's Hot and Trendy in Debt and Equity Financing," co-presented at the 11th Anniversary Texas Bench/Bar Bankruptcy Conference (2015)
  • "Dealing With Counterparty / Bankruptcy Risk in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry," co-presented to lawyers and in-house counsel (2015)
  • "When the Shoe Doesn't Fit: unusual Valuation Issues," co-presented at the 32nd Annual Advanced Business Bankruptcy Seminar (2015)
  • "Structured Dismissals: The Least Worst Option?" presented to the Dallas Bar Association Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section (2014)
  • Presentation to clients regarding Landlord & Tenant Bankruptcy Issues

Ms. Blacker has written the following:

  • "Dealing with Institute Counterparty/Bankruptcy Risk with the Midstream Oil & Gas Industry" (December 2015)
  • "Dealing with Counterparty/Bankruptcy Risk in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry" (October 2015)
  • A Guide to Bankruptcy Law for the O&G Attorneys, published in the Texas Lawyer, October 12. 2015., pg 5
  • "Structured Dismissals: The Least Worst Option?" (2014)
  • "Receivership," Trigild Bestbook, 4th Edition (2012)
  • "Payments by Enron are 'Settlement Payments' under the Bankruptcy Code's Safe Harbor Provisions" (July 2011)
  • "The Rejectability of Arbitration Clauses: Part II" American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (June 2007)
  • "The Rejectability of Arbitration Clauses" American Bankruptcy Journal (April 2007)

Links to Publications

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  • Monica S. Blacker
Dallas Office
T: 214.953.5824
F: 214.661.6647

Practice Areas

B.B.A., cum laude, James Madison University

J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Bar Admissions

  • 1996, Texas
Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
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