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Susan Cregor Mathews

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Susan Mathews is a bankruptcy and transactional attorney who focuses her practice on representing secured and unsecured creditors.

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Represented the largest secured creditor holding a $45 million claim secured by preferred ship mortgages in an energy-related bankruptcy case.

Represented an official unsecured creditors' committee in a national convenience store bankruptcy case and national grocery store bankruptcy case.

Represented secured creditors in foreclosures, state court litigation and bankruptcy cases in loan amounts varying from $300,000 to $45 million.

Professional Biography


Susan has represented unsecured creditors' committees and Chapter 11 trustees in retail and energy cases. Susan has a national practice representing secured and unsecured creditors including banks, finance companies, investment firms, energy, and energy-related service companies in commercial bankruptcy cases and related litigation.

In addition to her extensive bankruptcy and related litigation practice, Susan maintains a strong transactional practice representing banks in commercial loan transactions, work-outs and foreclosures. In addition, she represents lenders and purchasers in commercial real estate transactions involving the purchase, development and related financing of retail centers, industrial business parks, and office buildings ranging from $5 million to $100 million.

She also has experience in commercial lease transactions and financings. Susan served for five years as in-house counsel for Weingarten Realty Investors, an NYSE Fortune 500 REIT. While there, she drafted proposed legislation and testified before the Texas House of Representatives Business & Industries Committee.

Susan speaks Spanish.

  • Bankruptcy

  • Represents seven landlords in national retail bankruptcy cases.

  • Represents three landlords in national restaurant bankruptcy cases.

  • Represents jewelry companies in national retail bankruptcy cases.

  • Represents a vendor in a national food company bankruptcy case.

  • Represented a vendor and railcar lessor in an oilfield services bankruptcy case.

  • Represented a secured creditor with a $150 million claim in bankruptcy cases filed by operators of a senior living company with more than 125 facilities in Texas and Louisiana.

  • Represented a secured creditor holding a $46 million claim in a chapter 11 case filed by a regional dairy farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  • Represented and served on the creditors' committee and post-confirmation committee in a chapter 11 case filed by a hospital in Houston, Texas.

  • Represented a creditors' committee in two energy-related chapter 11 cases.

  • Represented a chapter 11 trustee in a home health care business in a chapter 11 case and related litigation, including an action brought by the trustee against the sole shareholder for fraudulent transfer, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty; a suit for the breach of a non-compete agreement suit brought by the trustee against a former employee; and a fraudulent transfer suit brought by the trustee for $1.3 million against a third party.

  • Represented an examiner with expanded powers in a single asset real estate case.

  • Represented the largest secured creditor holding a $45 million claim secured by preferred ship mortgages in an energy-related bankruptcy case.

  • Represented financing companies of equipment leases in various chapter 11 and chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.

  • Represented former executives and an ad hoc group of employees in the Lyondell Chemical Company, Inc. bankruptcy case.

  • Represented the financing companies of equipment leases in various chapter 11 and chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.

  • Represented a chapter 11 trustee in a complex mortgage company bankruptcy case and related adversary proceedings and claims objections.

  • Represented a purchaser of assets of several affiliated window manufacturing companies and a plan agent in connection with implementation of the plan of reorganization and prosecuted more than 100 avoidance litigation cases and 300 claims objections.

  • Represented a landlord in numerous national and local retail bankruptcy cases.

  • Represented the equity committee of a bank holding corporation in connection with the sale of its loan portfolios.

  • Represented an official unsecured creditors' committee in a national convenience store bankruptcy case and national grocery store bankruptcy case.

  • Represented a secured creditor in a number of single asset real estate bankruptcy cases.

  • Represented trade vendors in numerous chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy cases.

  • Real Estate

  • Represented secured creditors in foreclosures, state court litigation and bankruptcy cases in loan amounts varying from $300,000 to $45 million.
  • Represented a purchaser and assisted with due diligence on an acquisition of over 100 shopping centers and industrial business centers in Texas, California, Colorado, and North Carolina while associate counsel for Weingarten Realty Management Company.
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member – Moller-Foltz Inns of Court
  • Member – Texas Bar Association
  • Board Member – Turnaround Management Association, Houston Chapter (2016 – present)
  • Board Member – Women's Finance Exchange (2018 – present)
  • Named to the 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers
  • Recipient − Baker Donelson Houston Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2020)
  • Named − Houston's Top Lawyers by H Texas Magazine – Banking, Bankruptcy and Workout (2014 – 2017)
  • Board of directors – Spring Branch Education Foundation (2007 – 2019)
  • Member – National Charity League, Houston Hearts Chapter (2003 – 2016)
  • Trustee – Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees (2004 – 2010)
  • Member – Junior League of Houston (1987 – 1999)

Education

  • St. Mary's University, J.D., 1984
  • University of Texas, B.A., 1981

Admissions

  • Texas, 1984
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Languages

  • Spanish

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