Seth E. Meisel represents clients in bankruptcy court, as well as in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has been actively involved in all stages of Chapter 11 bankruptcy representation, both from a creditor’s and a debtor’s perspective. He also has substantial experience litigating a wide range of complex commercial disputes, employment disputes, construction matters, and a multitude of contract disputes and business torts with experience in jury trials, bench trials, administrative proceedings, arbitration, and mediation.
Previously, Mr. Meisel practiced law at Streusand, Landon & Ozburn, LLP, where he specialized in commercial bankruptcy matters, and at K&L Gates, LLP (formerly, Hughes & Luce, LLP), which was among the ten largest law firms in the United States. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law.
J.D., with honors, University of Texas School of Law (2002)
Recent Developments Editor, Texas Environmental Law Journal
Recipient of Texas Law Fellowship award
B.A., summa cum laude, University of Oklahoma (1994)
Phi Beta Kappa
United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts for the Western, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
Presenter, “The Life Cycle of a Business Bankruptcy,” presented to State Bar of Texas CLE, Essentials of Business Law Course, March 2015
Presenter, “Powerful Legal Tips for Running Your Business,” presented to AUSOME Meetup – Austin Online Marketing for Entrepreneurs, March 2015
Presenter, “Boilerplate: How Copy-and-Paste Can Get You Sued,” presented to State Bar of Texas CLE, Advanced Business Law Course, November 2013, and State Bar of Texas CLE, Essentials for the General Practitioner Course, October 2013, November 2013
Co-author, “Interactive Ethics,” The University of Texas School of Law 32nd Annual Bankruptcy Conference, November 2013
Presenter, “The Seven Deadly Sins of Non-Disclosure Agreements,” presented to State Bar of Texas CLE, Essentials of Business Law Course, March 2013
Presenter, “An Architect’s Guide to Enforcing Mechanic’s and Materialman’s Liens,” Austin Chapter of AIA, April 2009
Austin Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Civil Litigation Section, Construction Section
Lloyd Lochridge American Inn of Court, Associate (2009, 2010), Barrister (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Website Editor for the Professional Liability Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section (2004-2008)
Volunteer judge for the U.T. Law Board of Advocates mock trial competitions
Austin Young Lawyers Association Membership Development Committee (2007-2008)
Ballet Austin Fete Committee (2008)
Austin Theatre Alliance Annual Gala Committee (2007)
Cub Scout Den Leader, BSA Pack 28, Armadillo District, Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (2014-2015, 2015-2016)
Member of Central Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas
Represented both private and publicly traded companies as debtors-in-possession in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
Represented secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and adversary proceedings.
Represented both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials and bench trials in connection with a variety of claims including breach of contract and construction disputes.
Represented both claimants and respondents in arbitration in connection with a variety of claims including breach of contract, construction disputes, and employment disputes.
Obtained favorable results for numerous governmental entities and government contractors seeking to protect confidential information from disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act, the federal Freedom of Information Act, and similar open government legislation throughout the United States.
Defeated attempt by client’s former employer to obtain preliminary injunction in covenant not to compete case.
Obtained favorable arbitration award as lead attorney on behalf of homeowner in construction defect case.
Obtained and defeated summary judgment in numerous cases involving contract disputes and construction defect disputes, among other claims.
Obtained reinstatement of contractor’s disqualified bid in appeal proceedings before the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Represented government contractors in contract negotiations with sponsoring local governments.
Assisted various local governments in creating special purpose entities to promote economic development projects.
Super Lawyer, Business Bankruptcy, Thomson Reuters (2016, 2017)
Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters (2010, 2011, 2012)
Elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation (2014)
Recipient of Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Award from Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (2008)