Gardere - Attorney Bio - Richard M. Roberson,  Partner,  Dallas Office,  

Richard M. Roberson
Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization
Thanksgiving Tower, Suite 3000
1601 Elm Street
Dallas,  Texas  75201
Phone: 214.999.4955
Fax: 214.999.3955

Area(s) of Expertise

Practice Emphasis

Richard Roberson has a comprehensive bankruptcy practice that includes the representation of secured lenders, debtors, trustees and creditors’ committees, primarily in large corporate reorganizations. Mr. Roberson’s practice also includes all litigation arising from his bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters.

Currently, Mr. Roberson is chair of Gardere’s Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Practice Group.

Clients and Matters

Mr. Roberson’s clients have included major banks, asset-based lenders, trustees, creditors’ committees, receivers, creditors and debtors in a variety of industries.

Mr. Roberson’s representative matters include:

  • Representation of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in:
    • Crusader Energy Group Inc. et al.
    • TXCO Resources Inc.
    • TriDimension Energy L.P. et al.
  • Representation of debtors:
    • Denton County Electric Cooperative Inc. (DBA CoServ) and subsidiaries in Chapter 11 proceedings ($1.1 billion of debt)
    • Dorado Exploration Inc.
    • Dorado Beckville Partners I LLP
  • Representation of the Examiner in the In re: Mirant Corporation, et al. bankruptcy proceedings ($11.4 billion of debt).
  • Representation of secured lender to and plan proponent for American LaFrance in its Chapter 11 proceeding.
  • Representation of bank groups in various Chapter 11 proceedings including:
    • Alma Energy/Equinox Oil ($150 million of debt)
    • Bristol Energy ($75 million of debt)
  • Representation of Chapter 11 Trustee of KLH Computers Inc. and subsidiaries ($225 million of debt).
  • Representation of equity committee in Chapter 11 proceeding of Affiliated Food Stores Inc. ($120 million of debt).
  • Representation of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in various Chapter 11 proceedings including:
    • Insilco Corp. ($23.4 billion of debt)
    • P.A. Bergner & Co. ($1.95 billion of debt)
  • Representation of Trailways Lines Inc. in Chapter 11 proceeding ($140 million of debt).


  • J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law, with honors (1978)
  • B.B.A., Southern Methodist University, cum laude (1975)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, Honorable John C. Ford American Inn of Court

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.) (2006-2014)
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.) (2012-2014)
    • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Recognized, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Edward Shum ed., Chambers & Partners) (2008-2013)
    • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Recognized, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Tom Wicker ed., Chambers & Partners) (2004-2014)
    • Bankruptcy/Restructuring [Texas]
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Monthly (2005-2013)
    • Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2012-2014)
    • Bankruptcy & Workout
  • Recognized, Who’s Who Legal: Texas (2007)
  • Recognized, AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS

Community Involvement

  • Resource Clearing House (Affiliate of North Texas Volunteer Center)
    • Former Director
  • Member, Dallas Ecological Foundation
    • Former Trustee and Chairman
  • Member, Dallas Safari Club
    • Former President and Director
  • Member, Dallas Gun Club
  • Member, Brookshire Park Homeowners' Association
    • Former Officer

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