Joe Bain is a trial lawyer in the Houston office, where he specializes in complex commercial litigation. Joe has experience litigating and advising clients on a wide range of issues, including in the areas of oil and gas law, securities law, personal injury, contractual disputes, partnership disputes and intellectual property law.
Joe’s practice has a particular emphasis in bankruptcy-related litigation and restructuring, where he has considerable experience in a wide variety of bankruptcy-related issues, including in-court and out-of-court restructurings, valuation disputes, contested Chapter 11 plans, financing and cash collateral disputes, Chapter 7 bankruptcy issues, contested 363 sales, fraudulent transfer actions, preference actions, equitable subordination issues, assignments for the benefit of creditors (ABCs), substantive consolidation issues and fiduciary obligations of boards of directors in distressed situations. Joe also has experience in bankruptcy issues that are specific to the oil, gas and energy industries, including the application of forward contract safe harbors in bankruptcy, royalty recharacterization, Bankruptcy Code § 366 “utility” issues, treatment of plugging and abandonment liability, and the treatment of statutory liens. Joe has been named as a Texas “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2016 and 2017.
Before joining EMH, Joe practiced at large, national firms in New York City and Houston. Joe also worked as an accountant and FP&A financial analyst for Dell, Inc. in Round Rock, Texas and as a consultant in the health care industry.
Outside of the office, Joe can usually be found at a Texas A&M football game or catching an Astros game at Minute Maid Park. However, having begun his legal practice in New York, Joe takes regular pilgrimages to the Big Apple and can be occasionally caught rooting for the Yankees and the New York Giants.