Honorable E. Lee Morris
United States Bankruptcy Judge
Northern District of Texas
Fort Worth Division
Lee Morris was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas on November 22, 2018.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Morris was a Shareholder in the Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. in Dallas, Texas (2001 to 2018), and prior to that was an Associate and then Shareholder in the Bankruptcy Practice Group of Sheinfeld, Maley & Kay, P.C. in Houston and then Dallas, Texas. He began his legal career with a two-year clerkship for The Honorable William Greendyke (Ret.) in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
When in private practice, Judge Morris’ focus was largely commercial in nature, having represented debtors, trustees, lenders, lender group agents, creditor committees, insurers and directors and officers in Chapter 11 cases, workouts, debt restructurings, sales transactions, and complex insolvency-based litigation throughout the United States. At Munsch Hardt, Judge Morris also served in a variety of managerial positions, including as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer, the firm’s Managing Shareholder of the Houston office, and as a member of the firm’s Management and Equity Shareholder Compensation Committees.
Judge Morris received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center. He regularly writes for and speaks at bankruptcy-related conferences and serves as part of the faculty at trial skills courses sponsored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He is a member of the Tarrant County and Dallas Bar Associations, the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Honorable John C. Ford American Inn of Court and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is also a Life Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation.