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Garrick C. Smith
Garrick C. Smith
Senior Associate — Restructuring & Reorganization
Senior Associate — Restructuring & Reorganization

Garrick C. Smith

Garrick C. Smith

Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, TX 75201

Garrick C. Smith

Garrick is a senior associate in the Restructuring & Reorganization practice group. His primary area of practice includes the representation of debtors, creditors, equity holders, and investors in various aspects of complex corporate restructurings, including chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed acquisitions. He also represents clients in contested matters and adversary proceedings before the state, bankruptcy, and federal district courts. Garrick has represented clients in a range of industries, including energy, finance, retail, gaming, and food and beverage.

Experience Highlights

  • CARBO Ceramics Inc. and certain of its affiliates, who were engaged in the manufacturing of ceramic proppant and other industrial ceramic materials and oilfield products, in their chapter 11 bankruptcy cases filed in Houston, Texas; pre-negotiated chapter 11 plan confirmed within 80 days of case filing

  • Taco Bueno Restaurants in connection with its prepetition debt sale transaction and subsequent prepackaged chapter 11 cases, which involved equitizing $140 million in senior secured debt, transitioning ownership to an affiliate of Sun Holdings, Inc., renegotiating a substantial portion of the company’s lease portfolio, and reaching a global settlement with unsecured creditors in fewer than 45 days

  • Harvey Gulf International Marine, a Jones Act regulated marine transportation company, in all aspects of its complex balance sheet restructuring involving approximately $1.3 billion in senior secured funded debt, and effectuated through prepackaged chapter 11 cases

  • Riverstone Holdings in its capacity as second lien lender and private equity sponsor in connection with Fieldwood Energy’s restructuring, including the conversion of more than $1.6 billion in funded debt to equity, its $525 million new money rights offering, and the acquisition of Noble Energy’s deepwater assets in the Gulf of Mexico, all as effectuated through prepackaged chapter 11 cases

  • Goodrich Petroleum, a publicly-traded exploration and production company, in connection with out-of-court restructuring efforts and its chapter 11 cases

  • Mercuria Energy in its capacity as lender, noteholder, and equityholder in connection with Arsenal Energy’s recapitalization and chapter 11 case, including the conversion of $861 million in debt to equity through a plan confirmed in the first nine days of the chapter 11 case filed in Delaware

  • PennEnergy Resources, LLC in connection with its purchase of substantially all of the assets of Rex Energy Corporation for $600.5 million and negotiation of a comprehensive global settlement to the chapter 11 case


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2013 (Submissions Editor, Journal of Law & Politics)
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. with highest honors, 2010 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), “Ones to Watch,” 2021
  • Texas
  • “Dealing in Distressed Energy Assets,” 4 LSU J. Energy L. & Resources 175 (2016) (co-author)