Lou Strubeck Jr.


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Lou Strubeck, Co-Chair of O’Melveny’s US Restructuring Practice, 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)


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, 2022)
  • 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)

In the News

Law360: Judge Calls Brazos Ch. 11 Plan Better Than Expected

November 14, 2022

Reorg: Judge Jones Confirms ‘Fully Consensual’ Brazos Plan, Commends Parties for Formulating ‘Much Better’ ‘Brazos 2.0’ Than Court Envisioned

November 14, 2022

Law360: Brazos Gets Nod On Ch. 11 Plan Docs With ERCOT Deal

September 13, 2022

Reuters: Brazos Electric Gets Initial Go-Ahead for $1.4 Bln Energy Bill Settlement

September 13, 2022

Houston Chronicle: Electric Co-Op Would Shed Hundreds of Millions Owed to ERCOT from 2021 Winter Storm in Bankruptcy Plan

September 10, 2022

The Texas Lawbook: Brazos Electric Bankruptcy Heads to Finish Line

September 8, 2022

Dallas Business Journal: Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Nears Deal in Bankruptcy

July 6, 2022

Reuters: Brazos Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Arbitration For US$770 Million Contract Claim

June 15, 2022

Reorg: Brazos Electric Provides Overview of Potential Securitization Structure at Status Conference

January 18, 2022

WSJ Pro Bankruptcy: Texas Co-op Brazos Keeps Control of Bankruptcy Fate, Fending Off Owners

December 15, 2021

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

Press Releases

Eighty Five O’Melveny Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers in America ® 2023

August 24, 2022

O’Melveny Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2022

June 8, 2022

Seven O’Melveny Partners Named to D Magazine’s 2022 “Best Lawyers in Dallas” List

April 28, 2022

Chambers Global Recognizes 29 O’Melveny Lawyers and 11 Practice Groups

February 25, 2022

O’Melveny Adds Distinguished Five-Partner Corporate, Tax Team in Dallas

January 19, 2022

Strubeck Named One of Turnarounds & Workouts’ “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyers”

January 6, 2022

O’Melveny Furthers Texas Expansion with Arrival of “Rising Star” Trial Lawyer Kristin Cope in Dallas

December 7, 2021

O’Melveny Continues Texas Expansion with Addition of Renowned Energy Sector Dealmaker

November 17, 2021

O’Melveny Continues Texas Expansion with Arrival of Leading Trial Lawyer Tim Durst in Dallas

September 1, 2021

O’Melveny Continues Texas Expansion, Launches Dallas Office

June 29, 2021

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