Emma Persson

Associate

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Emma Persson focuses her practice on commercial bankruptcy cases and represents clients in complex chapter 11 matters.

Emma has significant experience advising debtors, lenders, lessors, landlords, financial institutions, and trustees in cases under chapter 11 and chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code, and in adversary proceedings. 

Prior to joining O’Melveny, Emma worked at a global full-service law firm. In addition, Emma previously served as a two-year term law clerk to the Honorable Harlin D. Hale, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Texas.

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US District Court for the Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas, and Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas, and Eastern District of Wisconsin

Education

  • Southern Methodist University, J.D.: cum laude; Order of Barristers
  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.A.: cum laude

Professional Activities

Publications

  • Co-author, “Navigating Section 363 As A Decentralized Autonomous Org,” Law360 (June 16, 2022)
  • Co-author, “Bankruptcy, SMU Annual Texas Survey,” SMU Law Review (2020)
  • Co-author, “Bankruptcy, SMU Annual Texas Survey,” SMU Law Review (2019)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Revisiting Bad Faith Chapter 11 Filings in the Fifth Circuit,” presented by the Dallas Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers (“DAYBL”), DBA Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section Meeting (2022)
  • “The Power Behind the Throne: Law Clerks from Each District Give Advice,” UT Law Consumer Bankruptcy Practice (2020)
  • “Beast of Burden,” UT Law Consumer Bankruptcy Practice (2019)

Leadership

  • Co-Vice President of Law School Relations, Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (2022)
  • Co-Chair of Membership, Dallas Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers (DAYBL)

Member

  • John C. Ford Inn of Court
  • Young Lawyers Committee for the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas (YLC)
  • Dallas Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers (DAYBL)
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)

Clerkships

  • Honorable Harlin D. Hale, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Texas
  • Represented several upstream and midstream oil and gas providers in the 2020 multi-billion dollar restructuring of Fieldwood Energy LLC and its related entities.
  • Represented creditor in multi-debtor chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding of former operator of Hometown Buffet restaurants.
  • Represented 62 debtors in chapter 7 liquidation proceeding.
  • Represented debtor, the former operator of 14 truck stop healthcare clinics, in chapter 7 liquidation proceeding.
  • Represented creditor in $3.2 million preference action which successfully resulted in the dismissal of the action with prejudice.
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