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Munsch Hardt Nabs McKool Smith Bankruptcy Atty In Houston

Aug 16, 2019

 Law360 (August 15, 2019, 7:48 PM EDT) -- Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. has added a senior McKool Smith PC bankruptcy attorney to the restructuring practice at its growing Houston office, the firm announced Thursday.

Christopher D. Johnson, a specialist in complex commercial bankruptcies, will join the firm’s bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency practice as a shareholder, according to Munsch Hardt.

“Chris has a proven track record of achieving the best possible outcomes for his clients, and we are pleased to welcome him to the team,” Munsch Hardt CEO Phil C. Appenzeller Jr., said in the announcement.

Before pursuing his legal career, Johnson served in the U.S. Army, flying more than 200 missions as a pilot in an air ambulance detachment, serving as an air planning operations officer and commanding a medical task force.

“Professionalism, integrity and responsibility are three words that describe Chris’ core values. These key strengths were instilled early in his military career, long before he became an attorney,” Appenzeller said.

A graduate of South Texas College of Law, Johnson has represented the full spectrum of bankruptcy parties, including both debtors and creditors, official and ad hoc committees, and a variety of other parties in complex corporate bankruptcy cases, according to the announcement.

Johnson represented the BearingPoint Inc. liquidating trustee in a $55 million settlement against the company’s former CEO and directors for corporate governance violations, according to the firm. He also helped obtain a Chapter 11 plan confirmation for HII Technologies Inc. and represented the unsecured creditors in the Gulf Fleet Holdings bankruptcy, the firm said.

“Munsch Hardt has long been ranked among the largest and most experienced insolvency practices in the Southwest,” Johnson said in the announcement. “I’m honored to be joining a group of seasoned legal professionals who have been through several economic cycles and have built a reputation for being fully versatile both in and out of the courtroom.”

Johnson was not immediately available for further comment Thursday.

Munsch Hardt, which operates offices in Dallas, Austin and Houston, has been expanding its practice in recent months.

In April it welcomed a former Coats Rose PC construction attorney to its Austin office, and in February it added a former senior tax adviser from Shell who is also a mayor in Texas, as well as two energy litigation attorneys as shareholders in its Houston office. Last year, it absorbed Dallas trial and intellectual property boutique McDole Williams PC.

The firm currently has 125 attorneys working in 22 practice groups.

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