Monica Blacker and Bruce Ruzinsky Speak on Upstream Oil and Gas Bankruptcy Risk


The panel was presented by the Institute for Energy Law of the Center for American and International Law. Topics included practices for reducing counterparty risk and post-bankruptcy basics.

Monica has almost 20 years of 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. She received her B.B.A., cum laude, from James Madison University and her J.D., cum laude, from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

In his legal practice, Bruce focuses primarily on representing financial institutions, corporations, and other business entities in workout/restructure efforts, chapter bankruptcy proceedings, and litigation. He has over 30 years of 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. Bruce received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Duke University and his J.D., from Duke University School of Law.