Randy W. Williams

Randy W. Williams

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    811 Main Street
    Suite 2500
    Houston, TX 77002-6129 USA
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Randy Williams focuses his practice on business bankruptcy and commercial disputes, with an emphasis on business reorganization. As a bankruptcy trustee, he is responsible for investigation of assets and pre- and post-petition transfers, evaluation, purchase and sale of assets, case and/or business administration, employee supervision, accounting functions and records review, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Williams serves as a member of the standing Chapter 7 panel of trustees and is an appointed Chapter 11 and post-confirmation trustee.

Randy is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law and Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


  • Lead counsel to Chapter 11 Trustee in oil and gas case with confirmed Plan

  • Counsel to unsecured creditors' committees in Chapter 11 cases (retail, manufacturing, and oil and gas)

  • Liquidated a portfolio of more than 400 commercial and residential properties in Harris County, Texas

  • Liquidated a mortgage loan portfolio secured by residential real estate

  • Operated multiple hazardous waste injection wells and a chemical blending plant; negotiated the sale of the injection wells and plant and worked with federal and state regulators regarding the security for and clean-up of sites contaminated with radioactive material

  • Managed an oil and gas operator for wells in Texas and Louisiana; mitigated environmental violations in order to be able to sell the oil and gas properties, supervised reworks on several wells, established a data room for the sales process, administered and terminated contracts, including hedges and forward contracts, and sold the properties through a sealed bid process

  • Operated, rehabilitated, and sold a 400-unit apartment complex

  • Operated two Houston commercial office buildings and arranged and conducted the sales process for the buildings

  • Liquidated coastal property with frontage on Gulf Coast

  • Appointed receiver in state court litigation

  • Served as counsel for trustees and examiners in bankruptcy cases under both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11; represented creditors and debtors in and outside of bankruptcy cases

  • Served as counsel to secured lenders primarily with real estate collateral

  • Served as debtor's counsel in a Chapter 13 case with several hundred million in filed proofs of claims and confirmed and completed a Chapter 13 plan

  • Served as counsel to indenture trustees and debenture holders in bankruptcy cases

Prior Experience

  • Chapter 7 panel trustee for the Southern District of Texas, November 1990-present


  • Chambers USA by Chambers & Partners (Bankruptcy/Restructuring); 2018

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation-Bankruptcy); 2011-2019

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Bankruptcy: Business); 2003-2018

  • Houston's "Top Lawyers," H Texas magazine; 2004-2005, 2013, 2015-2016

  • Top Lawyer, Houstonia Magazine; 2013, 2015

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, Houston Bar Association; Bankruptcy Section; Director, 2006-2008, Secretary, 2008-2010, President Elect 2010-2011, President 2011-2012

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation

  • Member, The Honorable Arthur L. Moller/David B. Foltz, Jr. American Inn of Court, Houston Bankruptcy Section; Treasurer, 2006-2008; President Elect, 2008-2009; President 2009-2010

  • Member, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

  • Member, Texas Board of Legal Specialization Bankruptcy Law Exam Commission

  • Chair, Southern District Bench Bar Conference Planning Committee, 2008

  • Member, Greater Houston Partnership; Parks, Green Spaces & Recreation Committee