Joseph

"Joe" Wielebinski

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

Overview

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 matters and related litigation.

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 Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency Group for more than 10 years and has served as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.

Education

Admission

Achievements

  • Chambers USA – Leaders in Their Field, Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Texas (2005-2017)
  • Law Business Research Limited – Who’s Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency, Texas (2007-2017); Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery, Texas (2012-2017); Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Asset Recovery (2017)
  • Legal Media Group Expert Guides – World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers in Insolvency and Restructuring (2013, 2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent®, Peer Review Rated
  • Thomson Reuters – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights Texas Super Lawyers – Business Edition and Corporate Counsel Edition (2009-2016); Texas Super Lawyers (2003-2016)
  • Turnaround Atlas Awards – Chapter 11 Restructuring of the Year ($1 billion to $2.5 billion), Life Partners Holdings Reorganization (2017)
  • Woodward/White, Inc. – Best Lawyers in America, Texas’ Best Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2008-2018); Best Lawyers in America, Texas’ Best Lawyers, Litigation – Bankruptcy (2011-2018)
  • Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC's Expert Guide – World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyer (2001-2009)
  • Finance Monthly – Law Awards for Achievement (2010)
  • Memberships

    • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • 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 (Anti-Corruption Committee)
    • State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Law Section
    • Turnaround Management Association (Past President of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter; Former National Board of Directors Member)

Overview

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 matters and related litigation.

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 Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency Group for more than 10 years and has served as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.

Experience

  • Governing Trust Board

    Represent (i) the five member Governing Trust Board appointed under the Joint Plan of Reorganization in the Life Partners case, who are charged with overseeing the two

  • Committee Representation

    Served as lead counsel for the Official Unsecured Creditors’ Committee for Life Partners Holdings, Inc., which filed for Chapter 11 after entry of a $47 MM judgment

  • Texas Counsel to Joint Liquidators

    Represented (as Texas counsel) the Joint Liquidators of Stanford International Bank ("SIB") in SIB's liquidation proceeding pending before the High Court of Antigua

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