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Christopher A. Bailey focuses his practice on bankruptcy and restructuring. He represents both debtors and creditors in complex corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy litigation throughout the United States. Chris’ experience includes representing financially distressed entities across various industries, including healthcare, real estate, and energy. In the energy industry, he advises upstream and midstream oil and gas companies and counterparties, energy lenders, and private equity groups that specialize in distressed energy acquisitions.

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®

Prior Employment

  • Judicial Intern, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Dallas, 2017
  • Judicial Clerk, The Honorable Martin Hoffman, 68th Civil District Court, Dallas, 2016
  • English Environment Coordinator, Education First, Beijing, China, 2012-2015

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 2018, summa cum laude, SMU Dedman School of Law; Staff Editor, Corporate Counsel Symposium Editor, SMU Law Review; Academic Mentor; Criminal Law Society
  • B.B.A., 2011, University of North Texas


  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

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