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Omar Alaniz is the Managing Partner of Reed Smith’s Dallas office. Omar represents distressed companies in out of court workouts and chapter 11 restructurings and regularly advises boards of directors in developing liability management solutions. He also represents other key stakeholders in distressed situations. His industry experience includes energy, industrial, real estate, financial services, utilities, aviation, and health care. He has appeared in bankruptcy and appellate courts throughout the country, including the Texas and U.S. Supreme Courts.


  • University of Texas School of Law, 2003, J.D., Susman Godfrey Moot Court Champion
  • Austin College, 2000, B.A., Economics

  • Texas

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas

  • National Bankruptcy Conference
  • American College of Bankruptcy, 5th Circuit Council Member of the DEI Committee
  • National LGBTQ+ Bar Association, Board Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Law Section, Former Chair
  • The Honorable John C. Ford American Inn of Court, Chair
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, DEI Task Force
  • Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Former President
  • DFW Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers, Former President
  • Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation, Board Member
  • 2012 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow

  • Judge D. Michael Lynn, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, - Northern District of Texas, 1 August 2006 to 1 August 2007

Premios y reconocimientos

  • Cross-Border Special Situation M&A Deal of the Year Award for work in the Rockdale Chapter 11 by Global M&A Network (2022)
  • Named one of the Top 100 Restructuring Professionals by Global M&A Network (2022)
  • Named a Diversity and Inclusion Champions honoree in the 2022 Texas Lawyer Awards
  • Named a key lawyer by Legal 500 USA 2021 for Restructuring (including bankruptcy): Corporate
  • Included on the prestigious OUTstanding LGBT+ Executives Role Model List 2020 
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Texas Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2015-2023
  • TOP 100: 2019 Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers List
  • Recognized as a "40 Under 40" by the American Bankruptcy Institute, 2017
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2015, 2022-2024; named "Lawyer of the Year" for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2023
  • Selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers list for Bankruptcy: Business, 2014-2023
  • "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016-2022
  • Recognized as a "Legal Leader on the Rise" by Texas Lawyer, 2013
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer-Rising Star (Thomson Reuters), 2010-2013
  • "Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40," by the National LGBT Bar Association, 2013 
  • "Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Professional Service" American Inns of Court, 2012
  • "National Outstanding Young Lawyer," American Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division), 2011
  • "Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas," Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2011
  • "Outstanding Young Lawyer of Dallas," Dallas Young Lawyers Association, 2011
  • John C. Akard "Community Service Award," Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2011
  • Romina L. Mulloy Award for "Outstanding Young Bankruptcy Lawyer" State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section, 2010
  • "Best BOA Coach" SMU Law School's Board of Advocates, 2013, 2015, 2018
  • "Outstanding Faculty Member" SMU Law School's OUTLaw, 2013
  • John C. Ford American Inn of Court's "Rookie of the Year," 2005