Lou Strubeck Jr.


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Lou Strubeck has a diverse and sophisticated national practice with an emphasis on representing major parties, including banks, insurance companies, private equity funds, hedge/distressed funds and other large institutional lenders, noteholders, and bondholders in complex commercial restructurings and reorganizations throughout the country.

Lou is lauded by his clients and peers, and has been described as “one of the most talented bankruptcy lawyers in Texas” and “one of the most prominent bankruptcy experts in the United States.” (Chambers USA and Texas Lawbook)

Recent significant matters in which he has been involved and represented major parties include Brazos Electric Cooperative, Boy Scouts of America, National Rifle Association, Chesapeake Energy, Aegean Marine Petroleum, Valaris Group, Danaos Corporation, Gold’s Gym, CHC Helicopters, Adeptus Health, Samson Energy, Sabine Oil and Gas, Quicksilver, Overseas Shipholding Group, EF Holdings, Enron, World Com, Mirant Corporation, Calpine, Dynegy, Pilgrim's Pride, General Motors, Chrysler, North American Petroleum, Vitro, SuperMedia, and ASARCO.

Prior to joining O’Melveny, Lou spent more than three decades working at a global full-service law firm, where he served as global and domestic Head of Financial Restructuring and Insolvency for its US offices.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2019 Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Best Lawyers (2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Dallas: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Best Lawyers (2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers (2017 -  2021)
  • IFLR1000 – United States, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (2021)
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Bankruptcy: Business, Thomson Reuters (2003 - 2020)
  • Legal 500 USA, Recommended Lawyer, International Litigation; Restructuring (including bankruptcy) - Corporate, The Legal 500 (2016 - 2020)
  • The Lawdragon 500, Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers, Lawdragon, Inc. (2020)
  • Who's Who Legal, Restructuring & Insolvency, Law Business Research Ltd. (2018)
  • Chambers USA, Nationwide: Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chambers & Partners
  • Chambers USA, Texas: Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chambers & Partners
  • Chambers Global, USA: Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chambers & Partners
  • AV Preeminent, Texas Top-Rated Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell


Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Texas


  • Temple University, J.D., 1983
  • College of Charleston, B.A., Political Science and Government, 1980

Professional Activities


  • “Introduction to Health Care Bankruptcies: What Makes Health Care Bankruptcies Different and Why to Expect More in 2018,” Fifth Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference (February 22, 2018)
  • “Corporate Fiduciary Duties in Times of Financial Distress,” 33rd Annual AIRA Bankruptcy and Restructuring Conference (June 3, 2017)
  • “In the Oil Patch, 363 Sales Ain't What They Used to Be,” American College of Bankruptcy Annual 5th Circuit Conference (April 2, 2016)
  • “Analyzing Potential Bankruptcies in the Upstream Sector,” Texas Lawyer (March 9, 2015)


  • Advisory Board, Contested Issues in Valuation (VALCON) 
  • Fee Dispute and Judiciary Subcommittee, Dallas Bar Association
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Fellow, International Insolvency Institute
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bars of New York and Texas


  • Co-author and presenter, “Introduction to Health Care Bankruptcies: What Makes Health Care Bankruptcies Different and Why to Expect More in 2018,” Fifth Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference (February 22, 2018)
  • Presenter, “The Market and Trends Related to Distressed Companies,” NYSE Governance Services Webcast (August 2016)
  • Co-author and presenter, “Current State of the Oil & Gas Industry: Recovery or Drilling Down,” AIRA 32nd Annual Bankruptcy and Restructuring Conference, San Diego (June 10, 2016)

Press Releases

In the News

Reuters: Brazos Electric Seeks Bankruptcy Court Ruling on Winter Storm Energy Prices

October 1, 2021

D Magazine: Chicago Battery Charger Maker Moves Headquarters to DFW

July 15, 2021

Dallas Business Journal: International law firm leases 25K-SF for first Dallas office

July 14, 2021

The Deal: Deal Doctors: O’Melveny Opens Dallas Office

July 6, 2021

Law360 Pulse: 4 Questions With O’Melveny Atty Co-Leading Dallas Launch

July 2, 2021

WSJ Pro Bankruptcy: O’Melveny Poaches Strubeck To Beef Up Lone Star State Bankruptcy Practice – Market Talk

June 30, 2021

Global Restructuring Review: Former Norton Rose Restructuring Chair Joins O’Melveny in Texas

June 30, 2021

The American Lawyer/Texas Lawyer: In Further Texas Expansion, O’Melveny Opens Dallas Office With Norton Rose Team

June 29, 2021

The Texas Lawbook: Four NRF Partners Open O’Melveny’s Office in Dallas

June 29, 2021

Reuters Legal: O’Melveny launches in Dallas with Norton Rose restructuring head

June 29, 2021

Law360: O’Melveny Opens Dallas Office With 4 Ex-Norton Rose Attys

June 29, 2021

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