H. Gray Burks, IV

H. Gray Burks, IV

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Houston, TX

ShapiroSchwartz, LLP
 | 13105 Northwest Freeway, Suite 1200
Houston, TX 77040
Phone: 713-933-1509
Fax: 847-879-4854
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008, 2011 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer (50%),
  • Bankruptcy: Business (30%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Mr. Burks' current primary practice is in all aspects of mortgage company litigation defense and default loan enforcement in state, federal, bankruptcy and appellate courts, and pre-litigation dispute resolution.  He also currently represents Chapter 11 debtors, Chapter 13 business debtors and defends individuals in preference and fraudulent transfer complaints.  

About ShapiroSchwartz, LLP:

ShapiroSchwartz is one of twenty-two interrelated law firms throughout the country representing mortgage lenders and servicers of all sizes. ShapiroSchwartz handles mortgage litigation as part of a comprehensive real estate practice throughout Texas including residential and commercial foreclosures, forcible entry and detainer actions, probate, title work, real estate closings, and Chapter 7, 13 and 11 consumer and business bankruptcies.

The firm currently has 8 attorneys.  Kirk Schwartz, the firm’s managing partner has 18 years of experience representing mortgage companies.

Gray Burks is the firm’s managing senior litigation attorney. He has been practicing bankruptcy law since 1985. After representing Debtors, a Chapter 13 Trustee and creditors, he has been focusing on representing mortgage companies since 2007. He has been named to Texas Super Lawyers in 2008 and 2011 through 2018, and has been board-certified in business and consumer bankruptcy law since 1990. Mr. Burks has extensive experience in state and federal courts. He has argued or briefed more than 30 cases before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals during his career. He has spoken at more than 35 local, state and national bankruptcy seminars and has published 20 articles in national journals.

Mr. Burks is pleased to serve the legal community by participating as a board member of the American Board of Certification (Faculty Committee), the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Bankruptcy Law Exam Commission, and numerous local rules committees, and regularly speaks at CLE conferences.

 

About Gray Burks, IV

Admitted: 1985, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/77040-tx-h-burks-118977.html

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Business Bankruptcy Law and Consumer Bankruptcy Law (continuously since 1990); American Board of Certification in Business Bankruptcy Law and Consumer Bankruptcy Law (continuously since 1992).

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Since 1985, spoken and prepared materials at more than 40 local, state, and national bankruptcy seminars, including the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Annual Seminar on several occasions; State Bar of Texas Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Law Seminar on numerous occaisions; Houston Paralegal Association; TMBA Mortgage Servicing Forum; DFW Area Chapter 13 Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar; State Bar Bankruptcy Section for Young Lawyers – “Starting Out Right”; State Bar of Texas Annual Convention - Bankruptcy Section; the Houston Bankruptcy Conference and Houston Association of Debtor’s Attorneys on numerous occasions; Newton Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar; and Half Moon CLE Bankruptcy Seminar.  I have served on numerous local rules and forms committees, including the Southern District of Texas Conduit Mortgage Procedures Committee (1984); the Northern District of Texas Plan Form Revision Committee (2017); and Texas Bankruptcy Loan Modification Committee (current).
  • American Board of Certification - Board of Directors (Faculty Committee) 2013-2019, 2019
  • Member – Texas Board of Legal Specialization – Bankruptcy Law Exam Commission Board of Directors - American Board of Certification (Faculty Committee), Second Term
  • Memberships - Texas State Bar; Fifth Circuit Bar Association; American Inns of Court (Texas); Christian Legal Society; American Bankruptcy Institute

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • CLE SPEAKER:  Since 1985, spoken and prepared materials at approximately 35 local, state, and national bankruptcy seminars, including the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Annual Seminar; State Bar of Texas Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Law Seminar; State Bar of Texas Annual Convention - Bankruptcy Section; the Houston Bankruptcy Conference and Houston Association of Debtor’s Attorneys; Newton Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar; 2014 Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy seminar; 2015 Texas Mortgage Bankers Association seminar and Half Moon CLE Bankruptcy Seminar.  Most recent presentations have been at the DFW Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar – Conduit Mortgages (November 2016) and Dallas Bar Association – Northern District Chapter 13 Conduit Program (February 2017).Served and participated on numerous local rules and forms, and planning committees. Currently servicing on the State Bar of Texas Planning Committee for Bankruptcy Mediation Procedures.PUBLICATIONS: Published in national bankruptcy publications on various bankruptcy issues, with some being cited in reported opinions, and one being cited in a Congressional Hearing on the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act.     1. “Applying the [Un]Plain Language of the Limited, De-Automated Stay in Serial Cases,” NORTON BANKRUPTCY LAW ADVISOR (September 2006); Westlaw Cite 2006 No. 9 Norton Bankr. L. Adviser 2;   2.”Ineligible Debtors Under BAPCA: Striking the Petition Versus Dismissing the Case,” NORTON BANKRUPTCY LAW ADVISOR (August 2006);Westlaw Cite 2006 No. 8 Norton Bankr. L. Adviser 2;   3.  "Rethinking the Eradication of Cram Down - Changing ‘Cram Down’ to ‘Cram Up’," NORTON BANKRUPTCY LAW ADVISOR (December 1998);      4.  "In re Taylor; A Misstep in the Right Direction for the Effect of Plan Confirmation," NORTON BANKRUPTCY LAW ADVISOR (April 1998), reprinted in NACTT QUARTERLY (April 1998);   5.  "Treatment of Student Loans in Chapter 13 Plans: The Effect of Nolan and Section 1322(b)(5)," NORTON BANKRUPTCY LAW ADVISOR (May 1997);   6. "Obtaining the Release of Liens Through Reorganizations:  The Circuit Courts Sharpen the Debate with Penrod and Cen-Pen," norton bankruptcy law advisor (September 1995);   7. "Direct Payments of Impaired Claims in Chapter 13:  A Statutory Analysis," nactt quarterly (July 1995);   8. "The Impact of the 1994 Bankruptcy Amendments on Chapter 13 Lien Stripping - Just Dew It!" norton bankruptcy law advisor (February 1995);   9. "The Scope, Standard and Solutions to Chapter 13 Trustees' Duties and Liabilities," nactt quarterly (July 1993);   10.  "Drafting Chapter 13 Plans With a Binding Effect:  The Interaction Between the Proof of Claim and Confirmation Processes," norton bankruptcy law advisor (February 1993);   11.  "Does a Confirmed Chapter 13 Plan Have a Binding Effect on Claims or Liens?  The Fifth Circuit's In re Howard Opinion," norton bankruptcy law advisor (December 1992);   12.  "Enforcement of Prepetition Contingent Attorney Fee Contracts in Bankruptcy -- Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction, Attorney's Rights, Creditor and Estate Protection," norton bankruptcy law advisor (June 1991);   13.  "Application of the Absolute Priority Rule to Exemptible and Abandonable Property -- Is Cramdown Eliminated in Individual Chapter 11's?" norton bankruptcy law advisor (January 1991);     14.  "Satisfying the Statutory Absolute Priority Rule with Post-Petition, Pre-Confirmation Labor," norton bankruptcy law advisor (December 1989);   15.  "Beyond Timbers -- What Interest and Value Must be Adequately Protected," norton bankruptcy law advisor (November 1988);   16.  "Section 362(d)(2)(B) -- Necessity, Feasibility, or Confirmation Test?" norton bankruptcy law advisor (January 1988);   17.  "Section 362 -- Nuances of the Automatic Stay," annual survey of bankruptcy law, pp. 471-530 (1987);   18. "Timbers vs. American  Mariner -- Does Opportunity Cost Require Adequate Protection?"  norton bankruptcy law advisor (March 1987);   19.  "Section 506 -- Allowance of  Secured Claims," annual survey of bankruptcy law, pp. 417-448 (1986);   20.  "Oil and Gas Exchange Contracts Guaranteed by a Letter of Credit in a Section 547 Adversary Proceeding," annual survey of bankruptcy law, pp. 227-269 (1985) [1st Place Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law Student Article Contest]., author, 1984

Educational Background:

  • Tulane University ( B.A., Major - Political Science), 1981
  • University of Houston Law Center (JD), 1984
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Office Location for H. Gray Burks, IV

13105 Northwest Freeway
Suite 1200
Houston, TX 77040

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