Seth Meisel


Seth Meisel represents clients in a wide variety of complex business bankruptcy matters and commercial disputes. His bankruptcy experience includes representing creditors and commercial debtors in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings, including all aspects of representing both private and publicly traded companies as debtors-in-possession. He regularly represents purchasers of estate assets; secured creditors and landlords in lift stay litigation; and creditors in bankruptcy adversary proceedings including preference, fraudulent transfer, and discharge disputes. Outside of bankruptcy court, Seth represents both creditors and debtors in workouts, reorganizations, state court receivership proceedings, and liquidations, including asset sales under Article 9 of the UCC.

Seth 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 in jury trials, bench trials, administrative proceedings, arbitration, and mediation.

J.D., with honors, University of Texas School of Law (2002)

Recent Developments Editor, Texas Environmental Law Journal

Recipient of Texas Law Fellowship award

Certified Mediator

B.A., summa cum laude, University of Oklahoma (1994)

Phi Beta Kappa

Texas (2002)

United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts for the Western, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas

Presenter, “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Resulting Legal Trends in Bankruptcy, Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Transactions, Litigation, and Estate Planning,” presented to Association of Corporate Counsel, Austin Chapter, May 2020.

Presenter, “When the Deal Falls Apart – Your Contract in Bankruptcy,” presented to State Bar of Texas CLE, Making and Breaking Ironclad Contracts Course, March 2020

Presenter, “Getting Paid: Effective Commercial Collection Strategies for Your Business,” presented to Association of Corporate Counsel, Austin Chapter, October 2018

Presenter, “State Court Receiverships and Non-Bankruptcy Alternatives for Business Entities,” presented to Western District of Texas Bankruptcy Bench/Bar Conference, April 2018

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

The Hon. Larry E. Kelly Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, Barrister (2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022)

American Bankruptcy Institute, Member (2019-present)

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Executive Council, Austin Bar Association Bankruptcy Section (2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021-2021-2022)

Austin Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Civil Litigation Section, Construction Section

Lloyd Lochridge American Inn of Court, Associate (2009, 2010), Barrister (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Volunteer judge for the U.T. Law Board of Advocates mock trial competitions

Cub Scout Den Leader, BSA Pack 28, Armadillo District, Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018)

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.

Super Lawyer, Business Bankruptcy, Thomson Reuters (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)

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)