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Omar Alaniz is a partner in Reed Smith's Dallas and Houston offices. Omar’s diverse, complex chapter 11 practice includes representation of debtors, creditor committees, equity holders, joint venture partners, preference and fraudulent transfer plaintiffs and defendants, and other key stakeholders. He has appeared in bankruptcy and appellate courts throughout the country, including the Texas and United States Supreme Courts. He is the former Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Texas State Bar and is a current board member of the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation. He was a law clerk to former bankruptcy judge D. Michael Lynn for the Northern District of Texas.

Omar’s work and experience has garnered national attention. In 2019, Omar was invited to join the prestigious sixty-member National Bankruptcy Conference, whose primary purpose is to advise Congress on bankruptcy law. In 2017, the American Bankruptcy Institute included Omar in its inaugural list of the top "40 Under 40" insolvency professionals in the country. He received the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Excellence at a ceremony held in the United States Supreme Court hosted by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.


  • 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

  • State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Law Section, Former Chair
  • The Honorable John C. Ford American Inn of Court, Executive Council
  • National Bankruptcy Conference
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Former President
  • DFW Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers, Former President
  • Volunteer for Julius Dorsey Elementary
  • 2012 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow
  • Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation, Board Member

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

Récompenses et distinctions

  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Bankruptcy/Restructuring-Texas, 2015-2020
  • TOP 100: 2019 Dallas/Forth Worth Super Lawyers List
  • Recognized as a "40 Under 40" by the American Bankruptcy Institute, 2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2015 
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters), 2014-2020
  • "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016-2020
  • 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