Camisha L. Simmons

Camisha L. Simmons

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Dallas, TX

Simmons Legal PLLC
 | 3131 McKinney Ave., Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75204
Phone: 214-643-6192
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (70%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Camisha L. Simmons primarily focuses her practice on the representation of debtors and creditors in complex restructuring and bankruptcy matters. 

She serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of North Texas College of Law.  ​​

In 2013, Texas Lawyer named Camisha to its inaugural list of "Legal Leaders on the Rise."  The recognition honors Texas' 25 most promising lawyers under the age of 40 whose accomplishments distinguish them from their peers.  She has also been named a Top 40 under 40 by The National Black Lawyers organization.  

After graduating from law school, Camisha was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Mary F. Walrath, then Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware. 

She is admitted to practice before the bars of the states of Texas and New York and the following federal courts: United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York; the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; and the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. 

She is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy trial skills course. 

She served on active duty in the United States Army as a personnel services soldier from 1999 to 2003.   

 

White Papers

  • Safeguarding Lenders' Entitlement to Make-Whole Payments in Bankruptcy (2014) - Subtle bankruptcy nuances left unaddressed in a loan agreement may result in a forfeit of the make-whole charge which the lender bargained for when negotiating and documenting the loan. This white paper provides lenders useful guidance to help preserve entitlement to bargained-for make-whole payments in the event of a borrower's bankruptcy.

  • About Camisha Simmons

    Admitted: 2006, Texas

    Professional Webpage: http://www.simmonslegal.solutions/attorneys-1.html

    Honors and Awards:

    • The National Black Lawyers - "Top 40 under 40" -the award recognizes outstanding Black attorneys under the age of 40 who demonstrate superior leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as a Black lawyer. Only 40 Black lawyers from each state or region are selected for membership each year., Top 40 under 40, The National Black Lawyers, 2015
    • "Legal Leader on the Rise" -- The recognition honors Texas' 25 most promising lawyers under the age of 40.  The distinction is bestowed upon those Texas lawyers under the age of 40 whose accomplishments distinguish them among their peers.  The editorial department of the Texas Lawyer selected the 25 Legal Leaders on the Rise on the basis, among others, that the innovative leaders have wielded influence and are excelling in their practice areas in the Lone Star State., Legal Leader on the Rise, Texas Lawyer, 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Global Network of Women Committee, Turnaround Management Association, 2017
    • Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors (2014-2016)
    • American Bankruptcy Institute - Special Projects Task Force, Legislation Committee (2014-2016); American Bankruptcy Institute - Newsletter Editor (2017-present), Legislation Committee
    • Chair, Network of Women Committee, Turnaround Management Association, Dallas Chapter (2014-2016)
    • American Bar Association, Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation Committee, ABA Committees Liaison Subcommittee, Chair
    • Dallas Bar Association
    • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
    • American Bankruptcy Institute, Coordinating Editor of American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
    • National Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Serve as Education Advocate for Foster Children

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • Upcoming:  “Purchasing Oil and Gas Assets in Bankruptcy," presenter, Southern Methodist University Geothermal Laboratory's 9th  International Energy Conference:  "Power Plays: Drilling into Geothermal Energy Applications," Dallas, Texas, January 11, 2018
    • Upcoming:  “Marketing and Branding:  How to Build a Plan and Generate Leads,” panelist, University of Texas School of Law CLE Program “Managing Your Success:  Practice Management at the Next Level,” Dallas, Texas February 9, 2018
    • Offshore Oil and Gas Leases:  The Unanswered Question,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXVI, No. 9, 18-19, 77, September, Oil And Gas, 2017
    • Upcoming:  “Bankruptcy and Restructuring 2017,” participant, Corporate LiveWire Global Virtual Roundtable, November, 2017
    • "Learning to Play Small Ball: from Big Law to Solo,” panelist, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, June 22 , 2017
    • “Unique Issues Involved in Oil & Gas Bankruptcies & Restructurings," presenter, Women's Energy Network, North Texas, Fort Worth, Texas, April 12, 2017
    • "Ensuring Enforcement of the Eleventh-Hour Mediation Deal," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXVI, No. 2, 24-25, 67, February, 2017
    • "Codification of Oil and Gas Lien Claimants' Preference Defense," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXV, No. 9, 16, 61-62, September, 2016
    • "546(e) and 547(c)(6) Safe Harbors:  Expand or Limit?", panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute, Live Webinar, September 12, 2016
    • Unique Issues Involved in Oil & Gas Bankruptcies & Restructurings," presenter, Women's Energy Network, North Texas, Dallas, Texas, April 19, 2016
    • "Electronic Discovery (ESI) Issues for Business Lawyers - ESI Basics, Ethical Issues, Litigation Holds, New Federal Rules and Much More - Confronting the Brave New World (the Electronic Age)",panelist, American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, Montreal, Canada , April 8, 2016
    • “Bankruptcy & Restructuring in the Oil & Gas Sector,” panelist, Knowledge Congress Webcast, February 19, 2016
    • "Special Considerations for Companies Operating in a Distressed Oil and Gas Market,” presenter, EUCI Webinar, April 8, 2015
    • "No Stay of Termination Without Legislation: Investors Oppose Proposed ISDA Stay Protocol Regarding Derivatives Contracts," American Bankruptcy Institute, Legislation Committee Newsletter, November, 2015
    • “Rejection of Oil and Gas Leases May Prove Futile,” Law360, May 14, 2015
    • "Termination of Oil and Gas Leases for Failure to ‘Produce’," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXIV, No. 7, at 34-35, 85, July  , 2015
    • "Falling Oil Prices May Cause Termination of Producing Oil and Gas Leases," Law.com, February 9, 2015
    • "Oil and Gas Royalty Disputes," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXIV, No. 12, 40-41, 63, December, 2015
    • Contributor, The Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation, 6th Ed., American Bar Association (2015)
    • In Trump Entertainment Resorts Bankruptcy, Court Rules Federal Labor Law ‘Trumps’ Bankruptcy Stay," Law.com, July 30, 2015
    • ​“Lenders and Directors Beware of the Dead-Hand Proxy Put,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXIV, No. 9, at 20-21, 73-74, September 2015
    • Co-author, "New Trust Protects Fiduciaries of Distressed Companies," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXIV, No. 11, 24-25, 61-62, November 2015
    • Co-author, "Detroit's Art:  Priceless Public Treasure or City's Disposable  Assets?," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXII, No. 10, at 18, 92-93, November 2013
    • Co-author, "Safeguarding Lenders' Entitlement to Make-Whole Payments in Bankruptcy," Norton Rose Fulbright Legal Update, February 21, 2014 (published in Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law (April/May 2014))
    • "Tax Lien Foreclosures Could Be Unraveled in Bankruptcy," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXIII, No. 8, at 44-45, 84, August 2014
    • Co-author with Mark A. Platt, "Delaware Court Cracks Down on Insufficiently Plead Preference-Action Complaints," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXX No. 7, at 30, 62-63, September 2011 
    • “Bankruptcy Court Orders Bank to Disgorge Over $1.5 Million for Allowing Account Overdrafts,” Law.com, May 10, 2015
    • "Bank Loses Mortgage in Bankruptcy Due to Mere 'Technicality,'" Law.com, April 5, 2015
    • "Current Healthcare Trends- When Will the Bleeding Stop?,"  panelist, Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors 13th Annual Advanced Restructuring & Plan of Reorganization Conference, New York, New York,  November 17, 2014
    • "Assuring e-Discovery Does Not Become an e-Disaster," panelist, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges 88th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, October 9, 2014
    • "How 'Obama-Care' is Impacting Small Businesses," panelist, Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors 30th Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference, Denver, Colorado, June 6, 2014
    • Co-author, "Executory Contract Counterparty Trumps Critical-Vendor Status," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXIII, No. 12, at 20-21, 98, December 2014
    • "Lender Fumble Results in Borrower Walking Away from Bankruptcy With 'Free' Home," Law.com, November 11, 2014
    • Co-author, "Lenders take note of recent Fifth Circuit bankruptcy decision," Norton Rose Fulbright Legal Update, October 30, 2014
    • "Rule 37(e) and the Failure to Preserve Sanctions in E-Discovery," American Bar Association, Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation Committee Digital Publication, July 2, 2014
    • "Affordable Care Act May Stunt Economic Growth," Law.com, June 13, 2014
    • "'Bullet-Proofing' Make-Whole Payment Claims in Bankruptcy," Journal of Corporate Renewal, Vol. 27, No. 4, at 30-33, May 2014
    • "Hacked?: Federal Trade Commission Gets the Nod to Police Cybersecurity," Law.com, May 8, 2014
    • "Bankruptcy Not an Escape From Federal Healthcare Privacy Watchdogs," Law.com, March 31, 2014
    • "Is Easier Dismissal the Better Part of Jurisprudence?: Iqbal, Twombly and the Tougher 12(b)(6) Standard," panelist, National Bar Association Mid-Winter Meeting, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, January 21, 2012
    • "Privacy and Data Protection in Bankruptcy," speaker, Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section, Dallas, Texas, November 7, 2012
    • "Continuing Real Estate Receiverships Post-Petition," speaker, Houston Association of Bankruptcy Paralegals Annual Seminar, Houston, Texas, November 9, 2012
    • "Emerging Healthcare Privacy Concerns in Bankruptcy," speaker, Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors 29th Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 5, 2013
    • Co-author, "Safeguarding Enforcement of Lien Subordination Agreements," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXII, No. 5, at 52-53, 88, June 2013
    • "Code Doesn't Address Health Care Privacy Concerns," Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review, February 6, 2013
    • Co-author, "Government Addresses Privacy Concerns in Bankruptcy Sales," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXI, No. 10, at 28, 70-71, November 2012
    • "Continuing Real Estate Receiverships Post-Petition," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXI, No. 5, at 52-53, 104, June 2012
    • Co-author, "Timing the Bankruptcy Filing of Commercial Real Estate," Law360, March 16, 2012
    • Co-author with David L. Barrack, David B. Schwartz and David Charme, "Mandatory Prerequisites to Chapter 11 Relief under §365(o) for Bank Holding Companies," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXI, No. 2, at 34-35, 43, March 2012
    • "Lender Drafting Mishaps' Effect on Prepayment Premiums and Other Damages," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXVII, No. 6, at 26-27, 67, July/August 2008
    • "The Public's Right to Access Judicial Records and Proceedings in Bankruptcy Court," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXIX, No. 4, at 42-43, 55, May 2010
    • "Defrauded Parties' Recovery of Funds from Innocent Third Parties: The Relief Defendant," American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Litigation Committee Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 5, August 2009
    • Co-author, "In re Delta Air Lines Inc.: Leveraged-Lease Transactions in Airline Bankruptcies," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXIX, No. 7, at 28, 72-73, September 2010
    • Co-author with Mark A. Platt, "Stay Relief in Single-Asset Real Estate Cases Involving 'Underwater' Loans," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXX, No. 4, at 40-41, May 2011
    • Co-author, "Supreme Court, Appellate Justices Weigh in on Trio of Notable Cases," Journal of Corporate Renewal, Vol. 24, No. 8, at 24, October 2011 
    • "Unique Aspects of Asset Sales Involving Nonprofit Health Care Businesses," panelist, Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors Live Webinar, New York, New York, November 6, 2013

    Representative Clients:

    • Currently serve as co-counsel to 13 oil and gas service companies (creditors) in Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation bankruptcy pending in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.  In second and third quarters of 2015, successfully defended a $1.5 billion company in a preferential transfer avoidance action brought by the Liquidating Trustee in Exide Technologies bankruptcy case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.  Other notable representations include: Counsel to large fabricator and wholesale distributor of architectural glass and aluminum in chapter 11 proceedings; Counsel to large manager and developer of continuing care retirement communities in successful chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings; Debtors' counsel to large real estate development company in chapter 11; Debtors' counsel to large greeting card company in pre-packaged chapter 11 case; Second lien lenders in a large chapter 11 case  

    Educational Background:

    • 2006 - J.D., magna cum laude, Texas Tech University 2006 - M.B.A., Texas Tech University 2003 - M.Ed., Counseling, University of Maryland, College Park 2000 - B.B.A., Business/Management, Campbell University 

    Industry Groups

  • Finance
  • Life Sciences And Healthcare
  • Oil And Gas
  • Real Estate
  • Office Location for Camisha L. Simmons

    3131 McKinney Ave.
    Suite 600
    Dallas, TX 75204

     

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    Last Updated: 8/12/2016

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