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Michael A. McConnell


Michael A. McConnell is chairman of Kelly Hart & Hallman's Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy Practice. Since his graduation from the University of Texas School of Law in 1975, Mr. McConnell has gained a wide variety of experience in several practice areas of civil law, both as an attorney in private practice and as a member of the judiciary. A former U.S. Bankruptcy Judge from the Northern District of Texas, Mr. McConnell has represented secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, committees, and debtors in some of the most significant bankruptcy cases in this region. He has served as a Chapter 11 Operating Trustee and Chapter 11 Examiner in several complex Chapter 11 cases. He has also been involved in a variety of business, litigation, and commercial law engagements.

Mr. McConnell has mediated a number of controversies involving business and commercial law issues of all types. He is an experienced arbitrator and currently serves as a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the AAA's Large Complex Case Panel. Mr. McConnell has arbitrated a number of energy-related disputes and has been appointed to the prestigious National Energy Panel of the AAA. He is currently a member of Advisory Board of the University of Texas Law School Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law.

Mr. McConnell has served in a number of consulting/testifying expert witness engagements in both federal and state court in Texas and Louisiana. These issues have involved standards of professional conduct and professional liability, bankruptcy substantive law and procedural issues, Texas state law, and professional compensation. His expert reports have been filed in the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Superior Court of the Providence of Quebec, District of Montreal.

Affiliations and honors
  • Robert B. Wilson Distinguished Service Award by the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, May 2011
  • Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, James B. Barlow Award for fostering ethics, civility and professionalism in the practice of law, May 2012
  • Recipient of the National Foundation of the American Inns of Court A. Sherman Christensen Award, 2013, in recognition of his efforts to improve the American legal profession.
  • University of Texas, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center for Energy, Law and Business, Advisory Council
  • The American Law Institute, Member
  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®., 1989-2018
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Corp. Restructuring &  Bankruptcy, Martindale-Hubbel, 2013
  • Recognized as a "Texas Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters, published in Texas Monthly magazine, 2003-2017
  • Named "Top Attorney" by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2015-2017
  • Named a "Top Attorney" in Bankruptcy Law and Corporate Counsel by 360 West magazine, 2017
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Loyola University of the South, B.A., 1969
  • State Bar of Texas, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • Supreme Court of Texas, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1987
Speeches & Publications
  • "The Formation and Functioning of a Creditors Committee," UT Law Bankruptcy Conference, Nov. 2015
  • Whether to Declare Bankruptcy: A Difficult Decision, Winning Legal Strategies for Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Aspatore Books Publisher, Dec. 2005
  • "Ethics in Bankruptcy Law. Representing the Debtor in Bankruptcy Cases: More Mines in the Minefield?" The Bencher (a publication of the American Inns of Court), Sept./Oct. 2005
  • Numerous articles in connection with the Annual Bankruptcy Conference of the University of Texas School of Law in the Advanced Bankruptcy Course of the State Bar of Texas

Michael A. McConnell

Of Counsel
Chair of Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Section
P (817) 878-3569
F (817) 878-9769


State Bar of Texas
Mr. McConnell served on the Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court Foundation from 2000 - 2008. He also served as a Member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Leadership Council.