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Ashley L. Harper

Ashley L. Harper

Associate

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Texas, U.S.A.

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Ashley’s practice is focused on out-of-court and bankruptcy court financial restructurings, as well as complex litigation that arises in bankruptcy cases. 

Ashley advises clients on all aspects of insolvency matters and bankruptcy cases. She represents debtors, secured lenders, unsecured creditors, investors, boards of directors and various official and ad hoc committees.

Ashley’s practice also includes representing corporate and individual clients in federal district courts and state courts where she has tried civil and criminal matters in jury and bench trials. Her diverse background includes experience in the areas of white collar criminal defense, government investigations, commercial litigation, qui tam actions under the False Claims Act, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

Ashley began her legal career with a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Jeff Bohm of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Representative Experience

  • In re iHeartMedia, Inc., et al., No. 18-31274; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas – Co-Counsel to successor indenture trustee for certain legacy notes.
  • In re EXCO Resources, et al., No. 18-30155; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas – Co-counsel to major creditor.
  • In re Castex Energy Partners, L.P., No. 17-35835 (MI); U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas – Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors.
  • In re Seadrill Limited, et al., No. 17-60079 (DRJ); U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas – Co-Counsel to the Coordinating Committee of Senior Secured Credit Facility Agents, Lenders and Export Credit Agencies.
  • In re Stone Energy Corporation, et al., 16-36390; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas – Counsel to the independent directors.
  • In re Illinois Power Generating Company, 16-36326; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas – Co-counsel for Chapter 11 debtor, owner of power plants in Illinois with approximately $825 million of bond debt.
  • In re Ultra Petroleum Corp., No. 16-32202; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas – Counsel to counterparty on numerous contracts and owner of gathering system.
  • In re Linn Energy LLC, et al., No. 16-60040; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas – Counsel to counterparty on numerous contracts and owner of gathering system.
  • In re Warren Resources, Inc., et al., No. 16-32760; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas – Counsel to Chapter 11 debtors, oil and gas exploration and production company with approximately $500 million of debt.
  • In re Energy XXI Ltd., No. 16-31928; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas – Counsel to Independent director.
  • In re Sherwin Alumina Company, LLC, No. 16-20012; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas – Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Sherwin Alumina Company, LLC, a Texas Gulf Coast producer of aluminum oxide, or alumina, in its Chapter 11 restructuring.
  • In re Cook Inlet Energy, LLC / Miller Energy Resources, Inc., No. 15-00236; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Alaska – Counsel to Chapter 11 debtors, oil and gas exploration and production company in their Chapter 11 restructuring.
  • In re Dune Energy, No. 15-10336; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas – Counsel to major creditor.
  • Represented various parties in bankruptcy-related litigation.
  • First-chaired a bench trial in bankruptcy court representing client against allegations by the trustee related to destruction of evidence.
  • First-chaired a bench trial in bankruptcy court representing creditor in an adversary proceeding to deny the discharge of a debtor who destroyed books and records related to the debtor’s financial condition and business transactions.
  • Assisted in representing the special committee of independent directors of a publicly traded telecommunications company in shareholder derivative and class action litigation in New York and Delaware state courts relating to a recapitalization transaction and a going private transaction.
  • Assisted in representing a publicly-traded real estate investment trust in litigation related to its share of a $100 million “bad boy” guarantee of mezzanine debt that financed an extended-stay, multi-national hotel chain.
  • Represented a doctor charged with multiple counts of felony forced labor, visa fraud and conspiracy, in the Southern District of New York.
  • Second-chaired federal jury trial representing the former District Attorney of Cameron County, Texas charged with twelve counts of racketeering, conspiracy, extortion and honest services fraud.
  • Third-chaired federal jury trial of a Houston executive charged with violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and mail and wire fraud.
  • Assisted in defense of an international maritime company charged with environmental crimes.
  • Assisted in defense of an oil services company in $300 million dollar consolidated federal litigation brought by the national oil company of Mexico against approximately 30 American defendants.
  • Represented whistleblowers in False Claims Act cases across the country.

Education

BBA, Texas A&M University, cum laude, 2005
Areas of Practice
Articles

  • Ethical Considerations When Litigating Against a Pro Se Debtor, 55 S. Tex. L. Rev. 4
  • The Intersection of the Dodd-Frank Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: What All Practitioners, Whistleblowers, Defendants, and Corporations Need to Know, 45 Tex. J. Bus. Law 129
  • Federal White Collar Crime Update, The Appellate Advocate, State Bar of Texas
  • What To Consider Before Selling Assets in Energy Company Restructurings, Houston Business Journal
  • Disclosure to Investors Regarding Financial Distress, Straightline

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