Kuebel, Omer F. "Rick"

Omer F. ''Rick'' Kuebel III

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Rick Kuebel, Co-Chair of the Firm's Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group, has extensive experience as the architect of corporate restructuring and bankruptcy solutions in multiple economic sectors, including energy, manufacturing, gaming, health care and retail. Rick has represented numerous companies in business litigation, arbitration matters and regulatory disputes involving oil and gas exploration, development, transportation, refining and marketing.

Rick Kuebel, Co-Chair of the Firm's Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group, has extensive experience as the architect of corporate restructuring and bankruptcy solutions in multiple economic sectors, including energy, manufacturing, gaming, health care and retail. Rick has represented numerous companies in business litigation, arbitration matters and regulatory disputes involving oil and gas exploration, development, transportation, refining and marketing.

Rick also provides counseling for distressed transactions, including distressed asset acquisitions and divestitures, joint operations, regulatory implications and other financial risks. Successes include restructuring or distressed acquisition of Neuro Rehab Care, Delta Radiology and Denali/Zohar. He also represents creditors in commercial collection litigation, property litigation, enforcement of security rights and bankruptcy litigation.

In addition, Rick has formed or represented unsecured creditor committees in a number of reorganizations, including: Seadrill Limited, Diamond Offshore, Yuma Exploration, Evans Industries, the Fairgrounds, WRT Energy, Jitney Jungle, Delchamps, Forcenergy, Friede Goldman Halter, Orion Refining, Lundy Enterprises, Valentine Paper and WFA (West Feliciana Paper Mill).He has represented major companies in a number of energy or energy-related industry restructurings and bankruptcies, including McDermott International Diamond Offshore, Valaris Drilling, Fieldwood Energy, Castex Energy, Lyondell Basell, SemCrude, Flying J, Enron (North America), Getty Petroleum Marketing, ATP, Black Elk Energy, Energy XXI, Northstar Energy, VENOCO, Shoreline Energy, RDT, Dune Energy, EOTT, Panaco, Contour Energy, TDC Energy, Virgin Oil/Offshore, Watson Energy, TransTexas Oil and Gas, Forcenergy, WRT, Alma and Equinox, Rand Energy, NARCO, AP Green, Farmland Industries, PG&E, Babcock and Wilcox, Bethlehem Steel and Friede Goldman Halter.

Rick has acted as counsel in numerous commercial disputes arising from offshore exploration projects, including Macondo (Deepwater Horizon), Atlantis, Thunder Horse, Petronius, Mad Dog, West Delta and the Cook Inlet. Rick has represented numerous exploration and production companies with respect to regulatory disputes with BOEM, BSEE and numerous state regulatory agencies.

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Education
  • J.D., Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, 1992
  • B.A., Economics, Tulane University, 1986
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1992
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (pro hac vice)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (pro hac vice)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (pro hac vice)
Professional Affiliations
    • Advisory Board Member, Institute for Energy Law
      • Programs Committee (Current Chair)
    • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Member, Turnaround Management Association
Awards & Recognitions
    • Recognized, Global Restructuring Review 100 (2019, 2021)
    • Named, Louisiana Super Lawyers®, Bankruptcy (2008-2020)
    • Named, Lawyer of the Year (New Orleans), The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2022)
    • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Recognized, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chambers USA (2010-2022)
    • Named, Top Lawyer in New Orleans, Bankruptcy Section, New Orleans Magazine (2009-2014)