Joseph J. Wielebinski



500 N. Akard Street
Suite 3800
Dallas, TX 75201-6659

O: 214.855.7500
D: 214.855.7561

Joseph J. Wielebinski is a Shareholder in the  Insolvency, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights practice of the Dallas office of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr. For more than 30 years, Joe's practice has concentrated on bankruptcy, creditors' rights and financial restructuring and he is active throughout the United States in a variety of complex restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy cases.

As part of the Munsch Hardt Fraud and Asset Recovery group, Joe has represented numerous victims in matters involving complex financial fraud, theft, money laundering and other white collar crimes. Joe has served as a Federal District Court receiver at the request of the SEC in cases involving national and cross-border fraud schemes.

Joe is the Executive Director Emeritus of ICC-FraudNet, a London based invitation-only organization, consisting of lawyers throughout the world who have significant experience in complex commercial fraud and offshore asset identification and recovery. Joe is a member of the: International Bar Association, International Association for Asset Recovery, American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association and recently served on the Law360 Editorial Advisory Board.

Consistently ranked by Chambers USA as a 'Leader in Their Field', Joe is a frequent speaker and a prolific author on a broad range of topics involving corporate reorganization,insolvency, financial restructuring, fraud, asset recovery and cross-border insolvencies.

Joe joined Munsch Hardt in 1985, a few months after the creation of the firm. Since then, he has held several leadership roles within the firm including section head of the Insolvency, Restructuring and Creditors' rights group for more than 10 years and has served as a member of the firm's Management Committee.


  • Master of Public Administration from Maxwell School of Syracuse University
  • Bachelor of Arts from Temple University

    Graduated magna cum laude

  • Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law

    Syracuse University Journal of International Law and Commerce, Senior Executive Editor


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights Super Lawyers — Business Edition and Corporate Counsel Edition, Thomson Reuters, 2009-2014
  • Best Lawyers in America in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2008-2013, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Texas' Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., 2013-2014
  • International Who’s Who Legal of Asset Recovery Lawyers, Law Business Research Ltd., 2012-2017
  • Law Awards for Achievement, Finance Monthly, 2010
  • Leaders in Their Field, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Texas, Chambers USA, 2005-2017
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Texas, Chambers USA, 2005-2017
  • Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyer, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, 2001-2009
  • Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2014
  • Who's Who Legal: Texas, Law Business Research Limited, 2007-2016
  • Who's Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency, Law Business Research Limited, 2017
  • Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Lawyers in Insolvency and Restructuring, Expert Guides, Legal Media Group, 2013


  • Texas

Representative Deals & Suits

  • Representation (as Texas counsel) of the Joint Liquidators of Stanford International Bank ("SIB") in SIB's liquidation proceeding pending before the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda in Antigua. SIB is an international bank chartered under the laws of Antigua and Barbuda and domiciled in St. John's, Antigua, West Indies. SIB was allegedly a key participant in the multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme of R. Allen Stanford. SIB’s Joint Liquidators recently reached a global agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC Receiver in the proceeding commenced in Texas regarding $300 million in assets located in Switzerland, Canada and the UK.
  • Representation of Quality One Wireless, LLC in the successful acquisition of the assets of Personal Communications Devices, LLC, a leading provider of wireless devices to service providers in the U.S., for approximately $125 million, in a New York Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Representation of CSD, LLC, a Nevada limited liability company, in a Chapter 11 reorganization in the District of Nevada. CSD was formed in 2010 to acquire a 40 acre estate located in Las Vegas and to develop a museum honoring the life and career of “Mr. Las Vegas”, Wayne Newton. The bankruptcy was initiated in order to manage contentious and prolonged state court litigation and facilitate a prompt sale of the assets and a restructuring of the liabilities. The successful plan of reorganization was confirmed in nine (9) months and paid 100% of allowed creditors’ claims.
  • Representation of six (6) Debtor entities of Behringer Harvard Frisco Square LP, in a successful restructuring of a multi-use development consisting of substantial office, retail, and high end residential rental space at the highly regarded project known as “Frisco Square,” near Dallas, Texas. In addition, the Debtors own approximately 37.5 acres of fully developed office, retail, multifamily, hotel and parking garage development sites. The Debtor’s plan was successfully confirmed within six (6) months of filing bankruptcy.
  • Representation of entities owned by FFC Capital in the successful reorganization of hotel portfolio properties, one portfolio consisting of four (4) hotels in Texas and one portfolio consisting of twenty-two (22) hotels throughout the Midwest and Texas.
  • Representation of the Plan Administrator and sole executive for Texas Rangers Baseball Partners charged with implementing the plan of reorganization that paid all unsecured creditors in full through the sale of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club to a group led by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan and sports attorney Chuck Greenburg.
  • Representation of New York Yankees' third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, the largest unsecured creditor in the Texas Rangers Baseball Partners bankruptcy, as a result of unpaid deferred compensation resulting from his 2001 record breaking $252 million contract, and a member of the Unsecured Creditors' Committee.
  • Representation of the Receiver appointed in a proceeding commenced by the Securities and Exchange Commission, involving 63 separate defendants, in connection with an alleged oil and gas Ponzi scheme involving in excess of $700 million raised from over 8,000 investors. The Receiver was also appointed the Chapter 11 Trustee for 27 of the corporate defendants in the SEC proceeding. A joint plan of reorganization was confirmed within a year of filing and will pay creditors 100% plus interest.
  • Representation of Texas Instruments Incorporated in a series of acquisitions totaling $300 million for specialized tooling involving the production of 300 mm computer chips being sold by Qimonda Richmond, LLC that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware. The tooling was originally purchased by the debtor for $3.5 billion. Electrical Engineering Times described TI’s acquisition as “a stunning discount.”

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Past President
  • FraudNet, U.S. Member and Executive Director (Emeritus)
  • International Bar Association, Creditors' Rights and Insolvency Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Law Section, Member
  • Turnaround Management Association, Past President of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter and Former National Board of Directors Member


November 2016
'Death Bond' case may provide blueprint for settling frauds

Commercial Crime International

October 2016
Judge Confirms Life Partners' Plan, Vida Waives Early-Termination Fee Donna Horowitz

The Deal Pipeline

October 2016
Judge to Approve Life Partners Plan for Investors Katy Stech

Wall Street Journal

November 2013
Reservoir Exploration Files for Chapter 11 with Plan Pat Holohan

The Deal Pipeline

October 2013
Just What Went Wrong with Comcast SportsNet? David Barron

Houston Chronicle

October 2013
Astros May Strike Out In Bid To Ax Network's Forced Ch. 11 Maria Chutchian

Law 360

October 2013
$105M Personal Communications Sale Gets Green Light Stewart Bishop

Law 360

October 2013
PCD Sale Price Rises Pat Holohan

The Deal Pipeline

October 2013
Personal Communications Creditors Seek To Probe Lenders Maria Chutchian

Law 360

September 2013
The Home Mr. Vegas Built Stefanos Chen

Wall Street Journal

September 2013
Personal Communications Judge OKs Auction, Stalking Horse Maria Chutchian

Law 360

September 2013
PCD Creditors Slam Proposed $105M Sale Maria Chutchian

Law 360

August 2013
DJ Shuttered Lon Morris College Sues Former Leader for Mismanagement Katy Stech

Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review

July 2013
Bankruptcy Doesn't Come Cheap For Companies Struggling To Survive Tim O'Reiley

Las Vegas Review Journal

June 2013
Bankruptcy Judge Oks Newton Estate Deal in Vegas Ken Ritter

AP Press


June 2016
Will Increased Regulation in U.S. Curb Tax Evasion?

ICC FraudNet - Talk Fraud 

March 2015
Actors for an Hour


Anatomy of FraudNet’s Marketing Presentation to the AICPA
November 2013
Chapter 15 and the Vitro Decision
presented at The University of Texas 32nd Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference
November 2013
Fraud Investigation, Forensic Accounting & Asset Recovery
panel presentation at the 3rd Annual Conference on Fraud, Asset Recovery & Cross-Border Insolvency Cooperation
April 2013
The Pervasiveness of Fraud and Corruption and How It's Been (and is Being) Addressed
presented at the ICC FraudNet in Oslo, Norway
August 2012
Roundtable: Offshore and Tax Havens

The International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers

July 2012
Strategies, Considerations and Challenges in Obtaining Recognition in a Contested Chapter 15
included in the "Inside the Minds: Chapter 15 Bankruptcy Strategies" by Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business
August 2010
Survey of Bankruptcy Law

SMU Law Review 

October 2009
Survey of Bankruptcy Law

SMU Law Review 

June 2009
The Why, What and How of Hotel Receiverships

Hospitality & Mixed-Use Leader 

June 2009
An Overview of the Bankruptcy Code and the Bankruptcy Practice in the United States
A chapter in the book entitled "World Insolvency Systems: A Comparative Study," published by Carswell
June 2009
The Why. What and How of Hotel Receiverships

Hospitality & Mixed-Use Leader




November 2014
Getting to Hidden Assets in North America and Foreign Jurisdictions presented at the AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services Conference in New Orleans, LA
November 2014
Getting to Hidden Assets in North America and Foreign Jurisdictions AICPA’s Fall 2014 Conferance
June 2014
International Bankruptcy Law and Practice CLE program sponsored by The Center for American and International Law and the Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section
June 2014
US Bankruptcy Courts and Laws: an Overview CLE program sponsored by The Center for American and International Law and the Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section
May 2014
Can't We All Just Get Along? Adventures in Cross-Border Insolvency Proceedings presented at the TAGLaw Spring 2014 Conference in Miami
April 2014
The Evolving World of Cross-Border Frauds: Predicting What the Future Holds and How to Prepare for Same presented at the 2014 BVI - ICC FraudNet Spring Meeting and Anniversary Celebration
February 2014
Plan Confirmation and Related Issues in the Fifth Circuit: Reorganizing in the Fifth Continues to Look Attractive Presented at the 5th Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference in New Orleans, LA
September 2012
Locating and Seizing Assets in Foreign Jurisdictions presented at the NAFER conference with Dennis Roossien
April 2012
Bankruptcy SMU Law Review Volume 65 No.2
April 2012
"Issues and Challenges In Real Estate Cramdown Confirmation Cases" Presentation at the Dallas Bar Association - Bankruptcy Bar Section Meeting
February 2012
The Hague on "FraudNet" Presentation to The International Criminal Court
February 2012
Where are We/ Are You Busy?" Panel presentation at the Risk Management Association Membership Luncheon
February 2012
Business Bankruptcies: Nuts and Bolts Presentation to Anheuser-Busch Corporation Legal department
October 2011
The Puppet Masters: How the Corrupt Use Legal Structures to Hide Stolen Assets and What to Do About it sponsored by the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ("UNODC")
November 2010
Dueling Proceedings Between Bankruptcy And Receiverships Presentation at UT Bankruptcy Conference - Austin, TX
September 2009
Business Survival During a Slow Economic Recovery - Business Restructuring Options Participated in a panel presentation to the Turnaround Management Association All Day Workshop
May 2009
Re Real Estate Bankruptcy Cases Presented to the Dallas Bankruptcy Bar Association
Issues and Challenges in Real Estate Cramdown Confirmation Cases Presentation at UT Bankruptcy Conference - Austin, TX