Overview

Cameron Rivers is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Houston office. Mr. Rivers focuses his practice on complex bankruptcy and restructuring cases, distressed debt workouts and acquisitions, and related litigation, including preference and fraudulent transfer litigation. He also represents clients looking to purchase or sell distressed assets, and consults on complex financial and commercial transactions.

In addition, Mr. Rivers has represented debtors, financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors, and creditor committees at all stages of restructuring – both in and out of court – and across various industries, including energy, transportation, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, real estate and media.

Representative Experience

Debtor and Committee Cases

  • Represented a large upstream oil and gas company and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases
  • Represented Houston's premiere senior living facility in its Chapter 11 case
  • Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of a large medical device company
  • Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of an upstream oil and gas exploration and production company
  • Represented the plan administrator in a large upstream oil and gas Chapter 11 case

Creditors' Rights Cases

  • Represented a large healthcare provider in the Chapter 9 case of a municipal hospital district
  • Represented a large oil and gas fund in the Chapter 11 case of a multibillion-dollar global alternative investment fund management company
  • Represented a commercial retail creditor in a large energy storage, production and recycling Chapter 11 case, successfully defending a seven-figure preference action and obtaining full payment on the creditor's claims
  • Represented a transportation trade creditor in the Chapter 11 case of the country's largest milk producer, successfully defending a multimillion-dollar preference action
  • Represented a commercial landlord in a large retail bankruptcy case and successfully negotiated a settlement of preference action
  • Represented a multinational insurance firm in the bankruptcy of a global seismic data company, and successfully defended a multimillion-dollar claim objection

Distressed Asset Sales and Acquisitions

  • Advised clients in the purchase of distressed assets, including real estate, publications and company purchases, in court-supervised bankruptcy sales
  • Advised a client on multimillion-dollar private real estate purchase where lessee filed Chapter 11 case
  • Advised a client on purchase of a multimillion-dollar national publication from its Chapter 11 case

Nonbankruptcy Restructurings

  • Represented a large financial institution in receivership action against a borrower under multimillion-dollar revolver facility
  • Represented and advised a surety bond and financial services company regarding both in and out of court restructuring of a midstream oil and gas company with a multimillion-dollar plug and abandon (P&A) obligation in the outer continental shelf
  • Represented a midstream oil and gas company in effecting a Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) foreclosure action on a shareholder's membership interests

Complex Transaction Consultations

  • Advised a large energy company on potential counterparty risk in In re The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico as a representative of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (the Puerto Rico Bankruptcy), the first Title III restructuring proceeding
  • Advised a new, multibillion-dollar solar energy and energy storage fund on bankruptcy and insolvency-related language for partnership agreement
  • Consulted on purchase of multimillion-dollar resort-style real estate transaction
  • Consulted on assumption and securitization of a commercial retail complex
  • Consulted for a multibillion-dollar asset management firm on acquisition of consumer financial technology (FinTech) company

  • Trans Legal Aid Clinic of Houston, advise people on LGBT-specific legal needs
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers, Legal Lines Phone Clinic
  • Represented Houston musicians in copyright and intellectual property (IP) infringement case, successfully obtaining full take-down of IP from unauthorized streaming services and restoring full control of IP rights to the artists
  • Represented a New York City sculptor in reclaiming misappropriated work from a former patron
  • Represented a nationwide civil rights group focused on protecting voting rights
  • Represented a student in a felony criminal case
  • Advised a charity nonprofit offering free and low-cost tutoring services to underserved families on contentious board dispute and organizational operations
  • Advised an arts-focused private charitable foundation on bankruptcy related language for certain agreements

Credentials

Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • University of Houston, M.A., Sociology
  • Texas A&M University, B.A., Sociology
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Memberships
  • Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston (SLAGH), Board of Directors, 2021, 2022; Treasurer, 2022
  • Houston Bar Association (HBA), AIDS Outreach Committee, 2021-2023; Bench Bar Committee, 2022-2023; LGBTQ+ Committee, 2022-2023; Teach Texas Program, 2022
  • Moller-Foltz American Inn of Court
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Texas Bar College
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Texas Transactional Skills Competition, University of Texas School of Law, Judge, 2021
  • Elliott Cup Bankruptcy Moot Court, State Bar of Texas, Judge, 2020
  • Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC), American Association for Justice (AAJ), Judge, 2020-2021
  • University of North Texas College of Law Moot Court Competition, Judge, 2020
Honors & Awards
  • Referee and Renewable Energy Subject Matter Expert, Yale Law Journal, Volume 132, 2022
  • Pro Bono Honors, Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program, University of Texas, 2019
  • Certificate in Management and Leadership for Lawyers, Bucerius Law School & Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession, 2018

Publications

Speaking Engagements