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DEIRDRE CAREY BROWN
Deirdre Carey Brown is of counsel with Hoover Slovacek LLP in Houston. Board
certified in business bankruptcy
law by the Texas Board of Legal
Specialization, she focuses her
practice on complex commercial
litigation, with an emphasis on
bankruptcy litigation and mediation.
Brown consistently serves as lead
counsel on matters involving
commercial litigation; collections;
and real estate disputes; construction
litigation; and bankruptcy matters.
Her bankruptcy experience spans
contested matters in Chapters 7, 11,
12, and 13. Prior to joining Hoover
Slovacek, she clerked for the Hon.
Elizabeth A. Pickett of the Louisiana
3rd Circuit Court of Appeal.
Brown holds a law degree from the
Tulane University School of Law and a
bachelor’s degree from Michigan State
University. She also attended the U.S.
Marine Corps Officer Candidate School.
Q How did you gravitate into turnaround and restructuring work?
BR O W N It started with one of my
first associate positions, when I was
working with The Derbes Law Firm in
New Orleans. They were representing
an elected trustee in a large shipyard
case. They had a preference action with
over 300 defendants, and I was tasked
with getting that case resolved. I ended
up liking the fast pace of bankruptcy.
We got probably 295 settlements and
five went to trial, where we won just
about the full amount of our claim. So it
was a big win as well as challenging
work, which I found exciting. I stayed
with it from then on.
Q What have been some of your favorite or most gratifying cases
along the way?
BRO WN Favorite and gratifying, I
guess, would be different. The Energy
XXI case that we just had, in which we
got an equity committee appointed,
was gratifying. The hearing on the
motion to appoint an equity
committee was gratifying because we
had very limited time to put together
witnesses and then even less time to
prepare with the witnesses, yet were
able to get the committee appointed.
While I wish that it had turned out
differently for equity in the plan, I
think the benefit of equity having
some transparency, more information,