Joseph J. Wielebinski

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


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Joseph J. Wielebinski is a shareholder in the insolvency restructuring and creditors’ rights section of the Dallas office of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr. For over 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 bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, 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 eleven person Management Committee. 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law

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

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

    Graduated magna cum laude

AWARDS & HONORS

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

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • 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

MEDIA COVERAGE:
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
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

ARTICLES:
August 2012
Roundtable: Offshore and Tax Havens

The International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers

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