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Robert P. Franke

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Office

Dallas

901 Main Street
Suite 6000
Dallas, TX 75202
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Fax: 214.659.4057
Education
J.D., Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1982
B.A., magna cum laude, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, 1979
State Bar Licenses
Texas
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

Robert P. Franke

Member

Robert P. Franke's practice focuses primarily on creditor's rights, bankruptcy, and insolvency. His practice includes the representation of financial institutions, privately and publicly held companies, æinsurance companies, fidelity and surety companies, indenture trustees and investors in financial restructurings, out-of-court workouts and bankruptcy cases. His representation encompasses all aspects of bankruptcy restructuring and litigation, including plan confirmations, post petition financing, cash collateral disputes, reclamation claim preferences, fraudulent conveyances, turnover actions, stay litigation, lease claims, executory contracts and claims objections.

In addition, Bob provides clients with advice on structuring transactions. He has provided legal opinions on such issues as substantive consolidation, fraudulent conveyance exposure, "true lease" and "true sale" characterizations and the validity and perfection of liens.

EXPERIENCE

  • Representation of lenders in out-of-court workouts and bankruptcies in various industries including real estate, construction, healthcare, transportation, oil and gas, technology, manufacturing and retail.
  • Representation of corporate trustees in connection with restructuring indebtedness in bankruptcy.
  • Representation of fidelity and surety companies in bankruptcy cases filed by principalsæand indemnitors.
  • Representation of trustees in prosecuting fraudulent transferæclaims and preference claims.
  • Representation of a lender in defeating Chapter 11 debtors "Roll Up" case involving $20 Million in real estate properties.
  • Representation of global media company in professional sports franchise bankruptcy.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of high-speed printers and wideææformat copiers in bankruptcy cases filed throughout the United States. Issues involve the company's software licenses, equipment leases and the recovery of equipment.
  • Representation of a lender in workout of $20 million obligation secured by aircraft.
  • Representation of a lender in workout of obligation secured by trucking inventory manufactured overseas.
  • Representation of a secured lender in Chapter 11 reorganization of psychiatric hospital.
  • Representation of a secured lender in Chapter 11 reorganization of real estate development company in Grapevine, Texas.
  • Representation of a secured lender in Chapter 11 case of Debtor that provided brokerage clearing and clearing-related operational technology services.
  • Continuing representation of secured lenders in out of court restructuring and bankruptcies involving upstream and service companies.
  • Representation of upstream company in protecting seismic data licenses in the Global Geophysical Services, Inc. bankruptcy case.
  • Representation of midstream company in enforcing claims and maritime liens in the O.W. Bunker bankruptcy case.
  • Representation of midstream company in enforcing claims in the Cal Dive International, Inc. bankruptcy case.
  • Representation of upstream company in enforcing claims in the New Gulf Resources bankruptcy case.
  • Representation of upstream company in enforcing royalty interest in Sabine Oil & Gas bankruptcy case.
  • Representation of service company in enforcing claims in the Swift Energy Company bankruptcy case.
  • Representation of upstream company in enforcing claims in connection with decommissioning obligations in Harvest Oil & Gas Co. bankruptcy case.
  • Defend midstream & service companies in preference and avoidance actions brought by Trustees to recover prepetition payments.

Presentations

  • Frequent Internal Client Training Seminars - Collection & Bankruptcy

Publications

  • Incomplete Description of Collateral in the Financing Statement May Negatively Impact Priority and Bankruptcy Rights, Strasburger Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy News Alert (January 2014)
  • Co-author. When a Mortgage Company Goes into Bankruptcy (December 2006)
  • Collection Law in Texas - Bankruptcy Law, Lorman Publication Service (1999-2002)
Awards/Achievements
Recipient of Strasburger's Mentor of the Year (2016) selected by Strasburger Associates
Named D Magazine Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers (2009)
Membership
St. Patrick's Catholic School Advisory Council, Former President
PHorum (Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas) - The Heartbeat 5K and Healthy Heart Fair, Former Planning Committee Chair
State Bar of Texas, Member
Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
John C. Ford Inn of Court, Master
Notre Dame School of Dallas, Board Member