Kristen Hawley focuses her practice on commercial bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation. She advises debtors, creditors and other interested parties in Chapter 11 proceedings, out-of-court workouts, restructurings and bankruptcy litigation. Her representative clients include financial institutions and energy companies from the Fortune 500 to creditors seeking cost-effective counsel on smaller matters.

Kristen’s litigation experience includes a variety of complex commercial claims, including fraudulent transfer, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of arbitration agreements, shareholders’ derivative suits and securities class actions. She has participated in every facet of litigation, including dispositive motion practice, complex electronic document discovery, fact and expert witness depositions, trial and post-trial briefing. She has represented clients in federal, state and appellate courts.

Kristen began her legal career in the Houston office of the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. She was twice recognized for her pro bono service, which included corporate governance matters for a nonprofit educational association and family law counsel for the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Kristen also practices in the firm’s Financial Services group, with an emphasis on consumer bankruptcy issues related to residential mortgages.