Celebrating 125 Years

Monica S. Blacker


Monica Blacker has extensive experience assisting clients in recovering their money and collateral when borrowers default or file for 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)
  • On behalf of a secured creditor, secured full recovery on a $492 million loan in the PJ Finance Chapter 11 proceeding
  • Restructured over $50 million of debt on behalf of secured lender in Villagio Partners 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 individual and institutional landlords in tenant disputes, including collection and bankruptcy matters
  • 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
  • Representing buyers in multiple distressed asset purchases in and out of court

Ms. Blacker has worked with clients in a variety of industries, including 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.

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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

Community Involvement

  • Women on the Move Luncheon benefiting National MS Society, Host Committee Member and Committee Chair
  • Cancer Support Community North Texas (formerly Gilda's Club), Board of Directors
  • Cancer Support Community One Run 2013 Chair
  • Annual Fund Captain, 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:

  • "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
  • "Technology in the Courtroom," co-presented at the Trial Academy of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, The University of Texas School of Law  (2008)
  • "Bankruptcy, What's New?" co-presented to the North Texas Paralegal Association, Belo Mansion (2008)

Ms. Blacker has written the following:

  • "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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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 Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western District of Texas
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western District of Texas
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