LAURA M. FONTAINE
Laura Fontaine is a trial and appellate lawyer and business counselor with a national practice prosecuting and defending matters involving bankruptcies, receiverships, trusts, oil and gas, and real property. Laura is a partner at Hedrick Kring, PLLC and heads the firm’s bankruptcy litigation practice.
Before joining Hedrick Kring, PLLC, Laura spent several years as a bankruptcy attorney with a Dallas-based litigation boutique. Laura began her legal career as a complex commercial litigation associate in the Dallas office of Vinson & Elkins LLP. She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Vanessa Bryant of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Laura is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Dallas Bar Association sections of business litigation and bankruptcy, and is active in the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). She regularly contributes to Law360 and other legal publications on issues of bankruptcy litigation.
Laura received her Juris Doctor in 2008 from Harvard Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She graduated from Rice University in 2005 with a degree in Slavic Area Studies.
Laura has represented clients in all aspects of the bankruptcy process, from involuntary petitions to successful plans of reorganization. She has assisted clients in purchasing and selling property via section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, prosecuting and objecting to claims, opposing plans of reorganization or liquidation, opposing exemptions, recovering non-debtor property from the estate, disputing liens and priority of claims, and defending the rights of targets of bankruptcy litigation, in matters including:
- Laura tried a fraudulent transfer case arising out of the Stanford Ponzi scheme to a jury in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. After she effectively cross-examined the receiver’s expert witness, the jury returned a take-nothing verdict for her client. The judgment was upheld after the receiver’s appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
- Laura defeated a dispositive motion at oral argument before the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, leading to a substantial settlement for her client early in the case while prosecuting a liquidating trustee’s claim of fraudulent transfer of IP licensing rights to a Fortune 500 company.
- Laura successfully represented a creditor whose $22 million judgment was collaterally attacked on appeal by an insurance company after her claim was allowed in bankruptcy court; the insurer’s appeals were rejected by the Fifth Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court.
Laura also has substantial experience in commercial litigation:
- Laura represented a chapter 7 trustee in a quiet title suit in rural Stephens County, Texas, recovering property worth almost a million dollars for the estate in a five-party global settlement.
- Laura represented an individual in obtaining vacatur of a multi-million dollar arbitration award after the panel exceeded its authority, a result upheld on appeal by the Seventh Court of Appeals.
- Laura was part of a team that defended an AmLaw 100 partner from several million dollars in claims of legal malpractice by a regional bank; the jury quickly rendered a take-nothing verdict.