Steve Humeniuk is an associate in the Austin office of Locke Lord LLP where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation and business bankruptcy matters. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as a law clerk for Justice Paul W. Green of the Supreme Court of Texas and Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald B. King of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Western District of Texas.
Steve represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation matters in state and federal court, including bankruptcy court, and he also advises clients to help resolve disputes prior to prolonged litigation. Steve has experience with disputes involving breach of contract, contract enforcement and termination, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate governance, insurance and surety, real property, construction, copyright and trademark infringement, interpleader claims, and energy-related and environmental matters. Steve also represents financial institutions and loan servicers in litigation involving mortgages and consumer lending. Steve understands and appreciates complex litigation, and has experience in matters involving multiple parties with competing cross and counterclaims, class actions, and derivative actions.
Steve’s bankruptcy practice involves representation of financial institutions, secured lenders, and industry creditors in all aspects of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. He has also represented debtors and competing plan proponents in business bankruptcies. Steve utilizes his litigation experience in bankruptcy contested matters, including relief from stay proceedings, claim objections, objections to cure amounts and adequate assurance and adequate protection, assumption and rejection of executory contracts and unexpired leases, adequacy of disclosure statements, and contested plan confirmations. Steve has broad experience litigating adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court involving avoidable preferences and fraudulent transfers, lien and contract disputes, and the discharge of debts. Steve has represented clients in bankruptcy whose industries have involved oil and gas exploration and production, media and advertising, real estate investment (including landlords) and secured lending, commercial insurance and life insurance, consumer lending, retail energy and telecommunication utilities, and information technology.