Leadership / Advisor - Omar Alaniz

Advisor - Omar Alaniz

Omar J. Alaniz

Omar J. Alaniz is Special Counsel in the Bankruptcy and Workout Group of Baker Botts L.L.P.  Omar represents debtors and creditors in all aspects of complex chapter 11 reorganizations and liquidations.  Omar served as a law clerk to the Honorable D. Michael Lynn of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Omar is an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where he has taught Creditors’ Rights and Chapter 11 Reorganization.  He coaches the national champion Duberstein Moot Court team.  In 2013, the Board of Advocates named him the “Best BOA Coach” and OUTLaw named him the “OUTstanding Faculty Member.”

The Texas Lawyer recently recognized Omar as a “Legal Leader on the Rise”—a distinction given to only 25 lawyers in Texas under 40.  Omar was presented with the “Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service” at an event hosted by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. in the Supreme Court of the United States in 2012.  Omar was also recently named the “2011 National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award” by the American Bar Association, the “Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas” by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the “Outstanding Young Lawyer of Dallas” by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and the “Outstanding Young Bankruptcy Lawyer of Texas” by the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.  Omar has also received the “John C. Akard Community Service Award,” presented by the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.  He was listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” by D Magazine in 2011 and 2013 and recognized by Law & Politics as a “Texas Rising Star” in 2010–13.  In 2005, he was named the John C. Ford American Inn of Court’s “Rookie of the Year.”

Omar currently serves as the Vice-President/Membership of the Bankruptcy Section Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Co-Chair of the Diversity Sub-Committee of the ABA’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation Committee, and the Treasurer of the Bankruptcy Section of the Dallas Bar Association.  Omar is also the former president of the DFW Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers and he was the Former Vice Chair of Professional and Public Education for the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.  He is a Barrister in the Honorable John C. Ford American Inn of Court and a member of the National LGBT Bar Association.  He also volunteers at Julius Dorsey Elementary and is highly committed to pro bono service.
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