Paul D. Moak, a leading restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer, today joined Reed Smith as a partner in its Financial Industry Group in Houston.
Moak’s arrival is the latest in a series of recent high-profile hires made by the global law firm to strengthen its formidable restructuring practice in Texas. Moak handles bankruptcy cases and related litigation across several industries, including oil and gas, healthcare, mortgage lending and servicing, commercial real estate, aviation, chemical manufacturing, and others. He was previously a partner at Gray Reed.
Moak represents debtors, secured lenders, creditors’ committees, and equity committees in bankruptcy proceedings. Additionally, he handles a wide variety of post-confirmation litigation matters on behalf of reorganized debtors and litigation trustees, including claims to recover fraudulent conveyances and preferential transfers, claims against officers and directors for breach of fiduciary duties, and claims involving auditor liability. Moak’s also defends companies and individuals involved in bankruptcy-litigation claims.
“Simply put, Paul’s arrival further solidifies Reed Smith as a premier firm in the Texas restructuring and insolvency market,” said Jodi Schwimmer, global co-chair of Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group. “Paul’s stellar reputation for handling complex work, combined with the deep bench we have already curated in Texas, is proof that our firm can cover the most complicated and high-profile cases in the state and nationwide. We are excited to have Paul join our team.”
Aside from bankruptcy, Moak represents clients in a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including cases involving contract disputes; allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty; and disputes between owners of closely held companies.