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Mark C. Taylor

Focusing his practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and complex commercial litigation, Mark Taylor brings a personal commitment to the clients he represents. His experience spans a wide range of industries – from real estate and construction to financial services, energy and manufacturing. Mark enjoys the dynamic nature of bankruptcy law and the opportunity to develop creative strategies and solutions to the challenges faced by companies and individuals in the bankruptcy context, representing debtors, creditors, committees and trustees. Mark served for several years on the Western District of Texas Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee, and he is the former president of the Austin Bankruptcy Lawyers’ Association where he continues to serve as a council member. He also speaks and writes extensively on bankruptcy issues and bankruptcy-litigation topics. Mark also represents clients in state and federal court in breach of contract disputes, real estate disputes, landlord-tenant disputes and other litigation matters and appeals.

Before joining Waller, Mark was a partner with Taube Summers Harrison Taylor Meinzer Brown, LLP, a preeminent bankruptcy and civil litigation boutique firm in Austin, Tex.

Honors and Recognitions

Mark has been recognized in Super Lawyers in the area of business bankruptcy law since 2012. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  

Experience

Bankruptcy Experience

Debtor Representation

  • Representation of seven debtors engaged in disposal of water waste from oilfield operations in jointly administered Chapter 11 cases involving over $180 million in secured debt and $10 million in unsecured debt  
  • Co-counsel to debtors in 120 jointly administered bankruptcy cases of real estate development and holding companies
  • Representation of three debtors engaged in brick and tile manufacturing in jointly administered Chapter 11 proceeding
  • Representation of a debtor aircraft part supplier in its Chapter 11 case involving $15 million secured debt, $10 million unsecured debt
  • Representation of a shopping center developer in connection with a Chapter 11 case with over $170 million in secured debt
  • Representation of tenants-in-common as owners of an apartment complex in their jointly administered Chapter 11 cases
  • Representation of Chapter 11 Trustee in a bankruptcy case of oil and gas exploration and production company with more than $20 million in debt; representation also includes prosecution of fraudulent conveyance suit on behalf of Trustee and other adversary proceedings

Creditor Representation

  • Representation of policyholders ($60 million face value) in jointly administered Chapter 11 cases of viatical and life insurance policy seller/administrator holding more than $2 billion in face value of policies
  • Representation of a secured lender ($16 million) and provider of debtor-in-possession financing in Chapter 11 case of manufacturer of fuel equipment for gas-powered vehicles
  • Representation of secured lenders (over $40 million) in connection with jointly administered Chapter 11 cases of oil and gas exploration and production companies
  • Representation of affiliates of debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of oil and gas exploration and production company with more than $200 million in secured debt
  • Representation of a secured lender in connection with jointly administered Chapter 11 cases of ambulatory surgical centers
  • Representation of joint interest owner and substitute operator under Joint Operating Agreement in jointly administered Chapter 11 cases of an oil and gas exploration and production company and affiliates with more than $40 million in secured and $30 million in unsecured debt
  • Representation of a secured lender in Chapter 11 case of hotel owner and operator

Committee Representation

  • Representation of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors and, thereafter, Chapter 11 Plan Trustee in jointly administered Chapter 11 cases ($60 secured or partially secured  and over $10 million unsecured trade debt) of a manufacturer of energy storage and power management systems
  • Representation of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors and Plan Trustee in connection with Chapter 11 case of a propane product and PVC pipe manufacturer
  • Co-counsel to Official Committee of Equity Security Holders in Chapter 11 proceeding of $12 billion electrical generating company

Adversary Proceedings

  • Representation of a Chapter 11 Plan Trustee in connection with multi-day trial of $16 million fraudulent conveyance suit
  • Representation of a physician in trial of discharge proceeding brought by lender
  • Representation of secured lenders and board of directors in adversary proceeding filed by creditors’ committee seeking recharacterization and subordination of debt and damages for breach of fiduciary duty
  • Representation of officers and directors of bankrupt chain of garden centers in suit by creditors’ committee for corporate negligence and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Representation of joint interest owner in oil and gas case in multiple adversary proceedings, including proceeding to replace debtor as operator and defense of claims in excess of $11 million filed against client

Commercial Litigation

  • Representation of manufacturer and contractor in multi-jurisdiction suits involving claims by and against purchaser of equity interests in client
  • Representation of limited partnership in multi-day jury trial in state court involving breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Defense of seller of business in multi-day jury trial in federal court involving allegations of fraud in connection with sale of business
  • Representation of purchaser of business in multi-day arbitration involving claims for fraud and breach of contract
  • Representation of shareholders in derivative suit in state court seeking injunctive relief and damages for corporate waste and negligence of officers and directors

Appeals

  • Representation of appellants and appellees in numerous appeals, including several oral arguments at Court of Appeals level
  • Representation of appellants and appellees in numerous appeals from bankruptcy court decisions to district court, including several oral arguments at district court level

Professional

  • Member, Austin and American Bar Associations
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Austin Bankruptcy Lawyers’ Association
    • Council Member, 2008-Present
    • President, 2014-2015
  • Member, Western District of Texas Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee, 2008-2015

Prior Affiliations

  • Partner, Taube Summers Harrison Taylor Meinzer Brown, LLP, Austin, Tex.
  • Senior Counsel, Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill & LaBoon, LLP, Dallas

Education

  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1987
    • Articles Editor, The Review of Litigation
  • B.A., Rice University, 1984
    • Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Fifth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Texas

Up Close

Mark enjoys golf, skiing and cooking but readily admits that, of the three, he's only good at cooking. Mark and his wife Debbie have four children, two cats and a dog. His favorite getaways are to Telluride and the north shore of Kauai.