Eli O. Columbus

Shareholder; Chair, Business Restructuring/Bankruptcy Practice Group
500 Winstead Building
2728 N. Harwood Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
214.745.5771 Direct
214.745.5390 Fax
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As the Chair of Winstead's Business Restructuring/Bankruptcy Practice Group, Eli Columbus is involved in a variety of representations, primarily in business reorganization cases and out of court debt restructurings. Eli works on a wide range of bankruptcy and restructuring matters for a diverse group of clients, including banks and other financial institutions, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, creditor committees, debtors, plan trustees, and buyers of distressed assets.

Representative Experience

  • Secured Creditors: Representation of banks, lenders, investors and other secured creditors in commercial bankruptcy cases and out of court workouts and restructuring 
  • Purchasers: Representation of parties that acquire distressed assets and assets out of bankruptcy
  • Unsecured Creditors: Representation of unsecured creditors' committees, landlords, vendors, lessors, trade creditors, and other general unsecured creditors in commercial bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings
  • Debtors: Representation of business debtors in Chapter 11 cases
  • Trustees: Representation of  Chapter 11 plan/liquidating trustees and Chapter 7 trustees
  • Litigation: Representation of plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of commercial bankruptcy litigation, including contract disputes, preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, stay relief litigation, disputes related to confirmation of Chapter 11 plans, and cash collateral/DIP financing disputes
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2000
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Spanish
Texas Tech University School of Law
  • J.D., 2000
  • magna cum laude
  • Full Regents Scholarship
Texas Tech University
  • B.A., 1996
  • magna cum laude
  • President's List
  • Dean's List
Professional & Community Involvement
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • DBA Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section (Chair, 2011; Vice Chair, 2010; Treasurer, 2009)
  • DFW Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers (Board Member and Treasurer, 2008-2009)
  • State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section Young Lawyers Committee
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • John C. Ford American Inn of Court, Barrister 
  • Texas Tech University Alumni Association
  • DFW Hispanic Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2014
  • Texas Rising Star, Texas Monthly, 2006-2013 (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights)
  • Best Dallas Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine, 2006
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Texas Monthly, 2013
Presentation Topics
  • Oil & Gas Issues in Bankruptcy
  • Stern v. Marshall: Constitutional Limits of Bankruptcy Courts
  • Business Bankruptcy Update: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2012
  • Alternative Strategies for Holders of Distressed Debt
  • Bankruptcy Issues Related to Foreclosure and Repossession
  • Chapter 11 Planning, Filing and Carry-through from the Debtor's Perspective