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Cassandra Sepanik Shoemaker represents creditors, debtors, and equity holders in complex corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy litigation in the United States and abroad. Cassandra has represented creditors in objecting to the adequacy of disclosure statements and confirmation of Chapter 11 plans of reorganization and parties involved in preference and fraudulent transfer avoidance actions. In addition, Cassandra has experience advising on a range of bankruptcy and other insolvency-related issues, including lender liability litigation and the implications of seeking bankruptcy relief. Her engagements have ranged across a wide array of industries, including energy, real estate, telecommunications, and healthcare.

Ranked among the top firms in Texas for Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Chambers USA 2020 by Chambers and Partners

National tier-one ranking in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law in “Best Law Firms” 2020 by U.S. News-Best Lawyers®

Board Member and Treasurer, International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to Chapter 11 debtor, an upstream oil and gas exploration company and affiliates, in In re: Approach Resources Inc. et al., Case Number 4:19-bk-36444 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Counsel to the official unsecured creditors’ committee in In re: Nuvectra Corporation, Case Number 19-43090 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division
  • Counsel to debtor Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V, a Mexican glass manufacturer, in its Chapter 15 proceeding which was part of a cross-border restructuring of Vitro’s greater than $2 billion in liabilities
  • Counsel to Chapter 11 debtor, a senior living facility, in In re Senior Living Center at Corpus Christi, Inc. d/b/a Mirador, which obtained confirmation of a pre-negotiated Chapter 11 plan within 65 days of case filing
  • Counsel to the agent for Wilmington Trust, National Association, primary secured creditors, in the Chapter 11 case of III Exploration
  • Counsel to the Official Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in the Delaware Chapter 11 case of Endeavour Operating Corporation et al., an upstream producer with greater than $1 billion of liabilities
  • Counsel to Thomas Moran, the Chapter 11 trustee for Life Partners, a life settlement company with greater than $1.4 billion in liabilities
  • Counsel to the agent for GE Capital EFS Financing, Inc., primary secured creditors, in the Chapter 11 case of Trinity River Resources, LP
  • Counsel for Chapter 11 debtor Parallel Energy LP, et al., which successfully facilitated a sale process of more than $100 million in debt within four months of case filing
  • Counsel for publicly-traded Chapter 11  debtors in In re Cano Petroleum, Inc., and successfully restructured more than $82 million of indebtedness within approximately four months of case filing
  • In re ATP Oil & Gas Corp., 888 F.3d 122 (5th Cir. 2018)
  • Foothills Tex., Inc. v. MTGLQ Investors, L.P. (In re Foothills Tex., Inc.), 476 B.R. 143 (Bankr. D. Del. 2012)
  • Halo Wireless, Inc. v. Alenco Communications, et al. (In re Halo Wireless), 684 F.3d 581 (5th Cir. 2012)
  • Ad Hoc Group of Vitro Noteholders v. Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (In re Vitro, S.A.B de C.V.), 470 B.R. 408 (N.D. Tex. 2012)
  • In re HSAD 3949 Lindell, Ltd., No. 10-33986, 2010 Bankr. LEXIS 4860 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. Sept. 1, 2010)

Prior Employment

  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Nancy Johnson, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston, Texas, 2007
  • Legal Aid Volunteer, Lone Star Legal Aid, Bryan, Texas, 2004

Honors & Affiliations


  • Board Member and Treasurer, International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Section
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Certified Mediator, 2007-2009

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 2009, summa cum laude, South Texas College of Law; South Texas Law Review; Dean’s Scholar; Dean’s Merit Award; Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity; Participant, South Texas Mentor/Mentee Program; Student Bar Association Representative; American Jurisprudence Award for Top Grade in Pre-Trial Procedure, Oil and Gas Law, Federal Criminal Procedure, and Corporate Law; Participant, Malta International Study Abroad Program
  • B.B.A., 2006, cum laude, Texas A&M University; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Fraternity; Director of Communications, Delta Gamma Sorority; Order of Omega Greek Honor Fraternity; Mays Business School Dean’s List; Texas Aggie Bar Association


  • Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Ct.
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Texas