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Daniel Artz
Of Counsel
dartz@macdonaldlaw.com

Daniel Artz, a member of Mensa who had the highest score in the State on the Texas Bar Exam in November 1982, brings substantial intellectual capacity and more than twenty years of bankruptcy, state and federal court litigation and real estate transaction experience to the firm. Dan practices primarily in bankruptcy reorganization, creditor’s rights, and commercial litigation, but recently handled the entity formation, acquisition, construction and financing of two freestanding radiation oncology centers for one of our physician clients. His work in bankruptcy reorganization includes representation of debtors, committees and secured creditors. He has tried avoidance actions, both prosecuting claims on behalf of the estate and defending claims on behalf of creditors, and successfully defended those judgments on appeal.

Dan is active in bankruptcy appellate work, and is admitted to practice in the 5th, 6th, and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals. He also has substantial experience in the interplay between the bankruptcy code and intellectual property law, copyright infringement, patent infringement and litigation arising from patent cross-licensing disputes.

Both Dan and Mark Sr. have prosecuted withdrawal liability claims by multi-employer pension plans, both in bankruptcy, and in collection actions against members of the “control group” of the withdrawing employer.

Dan has lectured and authored several articles on reorganizations, loan workouts, letters of credit and failed financial institutions and environmental claims in bankruptcy. Dan’s litigation experience includes real property, oil and gas, and contract litigation outside of the bankruptcy context. Dan practiced extensively in real estate and real estate lending including acting as in-house counsel to a developer prior to refocusing his practice in 1987 to bankruptcy litigation. Dan practiced with Mark Sr. in the bankruptcy group at Johnson & Wortley. As a trial attorney with substantial transactional experience, Artz brings to bear a unique attention to detail that is rare in many other bankruptcy practitioners.

Dan is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Background

  • Founder, Law Office of Daniel J Artz, 1997-1998
  • Partner, Calhoun Artz & Inglis, LLP, 1994-1997
  • Equity Shareholder in Bankruptcy Practice Group, Johnson & Wortley, 1987-1994
  • General Counsel, Harbord Properties Group, real estate development, 1985-1987
  • Associate, Johnson & Swanson/Gibbs, 1982-1985

Member

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • MENSA
  • Commercial Law League of America

Education

  • Michigan State University, Knox College B.A., cum laude, 1977
  • University of Illinois, M.B.A., 1982; J.D., magna cum laude, 1982; Order of the Coif. Harno Scholar. University of Illinois Law Review Author
  • "Collecting Debts and Judgments: Continuing the Collection Effort after Bankruptcy is Filed" presented at the University of Houston Law Center, Aug 1998 and 1999
  • "Mortgage Loan Workouts: Modifications, Extensions and Renewals," presented at the University of Houston Law Center Advanced Real Estate Short Course, November 1994 and November 1995
  • "Lender Liability for Environmental Liabilities Claims in Bankruptcy" September 1993
  • "Automatic Stay Litigation," November 1990
  • "Selected Letter of Credit Issues in Bank Insolvencies," presented as part of a program on Letters of Credit and Financial Institution Insolvencies, American Bar Association Section of Business Law, April 1989
  • "Dealing With the FDIC, The FSLIC, And Other Financial Regulatory Agencies," presented at the University of Houston Law Center Advanced Real Estate Law Course, November 1988 and October 1989