Trent L. Rosenthal

Direct: (713) 702-7766
Fax: (713) 647-8127

Trent Rosenthal has practiced bankruptcy law for nearly three decades and is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Trent focuses his practice on reorganizations, insolvencies, work-outs, creditors’/landlords’ rights, and real estate issues. He represents oil and gas companies, banks, factoring companies, asset-based lenders, trade creditors, landlords, and unsecured creditors’ committees, as well as companies in other industries. He also represents debtors in Chapter 11 cases and handles various bankruptcy litigation matters. He has acted as an operating Chapter 11 trustee for real estate owners and developers as well as insolvent companies.

Trent served as head of the bankruptcy and restructuring practices at Burleson, L.L.P. and Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P.


  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas (J.D., 1985)
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas (B.A., 1982)

Noteworthy Representations

  • Equity owner in Chapter 11 case of toll road company
  • Businesses, such as energy service companies, in out of court restructurings, asset sales, and liquidations
  • Asset purchaser of a medical facility under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code
  • DIP loan to medical testing laboratory
  • Factoring company in connection with a financing facility to a chemical refinery
  • Landlord in connection with Chapter 11 case of oil and gas production company
  • Large trade creditor in an oil and gas Chapter 11 case
  • Factoring company, as assignee of a trade creditor, in a large collection matter against an oil and gas producer in Chapter 11
  • Finance company in establishing a factoring line of credit for oil and gas service company
  • Oil company in connection with its Chapter 11 case
  • Large oil and gas service company in several acquisitions of assets at auction from a Chapter 11 debtor in the oil industry
  • Oil and gas service company, owned by private equity, in the acquisition of a pump company through a competitive auction in a Chapter 11 case
  • Off-shore turn-key drilling company in connection with its Chapter 11 case
  • Oil and gas pipeline service company (Cathodic Protection) in connection with its Chapter 11 case
  • Purchaser acquiring and reorganizing a hotel
  • Purchaser of assets from a Chapter 11 debtor related to the security industry (police car camera systems)
  • Official Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in the jointly administered complex Chapter 11 cases of a cabling and wire installation business in commercial and residential buildings for telephone, cable TV, security services, intercom, and other communication services
  • Premier office furniture dealer in an out of court restructuring
  • Lenders in connection with numerous bankruptcy collection matters, including secured and unsecured debt
  • Local hot dog restaurant chain in connection with its Chapter 11 case
  • Large Houston developer in connection with several Chapter 11 cases for partnerships involving thousands of apartment units
  • Chapter 11 trustee of an office building owner in Houston, Texas; also served as trustee
  • Bank in connection with the Chapter 11/7 case of a major Houston public works contractor and the Chapter 11 case of a real estate developer
  • Financial institutions in connection with large pool of sub-prime auto loans involving high risk borrowers in consumer bankruptcy cases
  • Bank in connection with its consumer lending, including auto (subprime and direct) and home mortgage loans
  • Florida telecommunications company in the acquisition of assets from two separate telecommunications companies in two separate Chapter 11 cases
  • NYSE oilfield supply company in a competitive acquisition of assets of a drilling rig manufacturer in connection with the Chapter 11 case
  • Independent oil and gas producer in connection with its Chapter 11 case
  • Houston-area hot dog chain in connection with successful Chapter 11 reorganization
  • Houston, Texas-based multi-unit Italian restaurant chain, with units in Texas, Louisiana and California, in connection with its reorganization case
  • Oilfield services drilling company in connection with its Chapter 11 cases

Admissions to Practice

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas


  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified, Business Bankruptcy Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Texas Real Estate Broker's License
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a “Top Lawyer 2013,” Houstonia Magazine
  • Named a “Houston Top Lawyer in Bankruptcy/Workouts,” H Texas Magazine, 2013, 2014
  • Rated by "Super Lawyers" for Bankruptcy Law in Houston, TX, 2006-2007 (Thomson Reuters Services)
  • Named “Top Lawyer for the People,” H Texas Magazine, 2007

Publications / Presentations

  • Panelist, “Options an Opportunities in Energy Restructuring,” August 11, 2015, Houston, TX
  • Webinar Panelist, “Drilling Down on Strategic Alternatives in the Current Energy Crisis - Chapter 11 in Practice: A Case Study,” June 3, 2015
  • Webinar Panelist, “Drilling Down on Strategic Alternatives in the Current Energy Crisis - Finding Hidden Value in Financial Distress,” May 13, 2015
  • Webinar Panelist, "Drilling Down on Strategic Alternatives in the Current Energy Crisis - Board of Directors and Corporate Governance,” April 22, 2015
  • Webinar Panelist, “Drilling Down on Strategic Alternatives in the Current Energy Crisis - The CFO's Dilemma,” April 1, 2015
  • Texas Lawyer Article, “What Oil Companies Need to Know about Bankruptcy,” February 9, 2015
  • Various articles on landlord/tenant issues, Houston Business Journal and Real Property Magazine
  • Numerous articles on asset-based lending, ABF Journal
  • Selected Chapter 11 Confirmation Issues, State Bar of Texas 11th Annual Business Bankruptcy Course, 1993

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Memberships / Affiliations

  • Houston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Business Bankruptcy Subcommittee
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Houston Association of Realtors
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker (Texas)