Quadros, Migl & Crosby Attorneys

Meritt Crosby, Shareholder

Meritt Crosby handles bankruptcies, workouts, and restructurings of every variety. He has extensive experience representing debtors, various individual creditor constituencies (including financial institutions, landlords, note and bondholders, and other significant individual constituencies), unsecured creditors’ committees, and post-confirmation trustees. He possesses significant bankruptcy litigation experience, having represented both plaintiffs and defendants across numerous bankruptcy adversary proceedings, as well as traditional litigation in federal and state forums.

Prior to joining Quadros, Migl & Crosby, Meritt was a shareholder at Crosby Walker PLLC, and an associate in the financial restructuring sections of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Okin Adams & Kilmer LLP.


Significant Bankruptcy Representations:


Debtor Representations:


  • Lead counsel to the Debtors, EmKey Companies, et al. (N.D. Tex.)
  • Lead counsel to the Debtor, Cornerstone Foods, Inc. (E.D. Tex.)
  • Lead counsel to the Debtor, Farpointe Cellars (N.D. Tex.)
  • Counsel to the Debtor, Nova Directional, Inc. (S.D. Tex.)
  • Counsel to the Debtor, Coastal Staffing Services, LLC (W.D. La.)

Creditor Representations:


  • Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Heritage Consolidated, L.L.C. (N.D. Tex.)
  • Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Calpine Power Corporation (S.D., New York)
  • Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Delta Airlines, Inc. (S.D., New York)
  • Co-Counsel to primary unsecured creditor, Unified 2020 Realty Partners, LP (N.D. Tex.)
  • Co-Counsel to primary unsecured creditor, RE Loans (N.D. Tex.)

Trustee Representations:


  • Counsel to post-confirmation trustee for Shoreline Energy, LLC (S.D.Tex.)
  • Lead Counsel to the Post-Confirmation Trustee for Cano Petroleum, Inc., (N.D. Tex.)
  • Counsel to the Post-Confirmation Trustee for Hallwood Energy, L.P., (N.D. Tex.)
  • Counsel to the Post Confirmation Trustee for ISC Building Materials, Inc., (S.D. Tex.)
  • Counsel to the Post Confirmation Trustee for NPOT Partners I, LP (N.D. Tex.)
  • Counsel to the Chapter 7 Trustee for M3 Technology, Inc. (S.D. Tex.)
  • Counsel to the Chapter 7 Trustee for H&M Oil & Gas, LLC (N.D. Tex.)

Noteholder Committee Representations:


  • Co-Counsel to Committee of Ad Hoc Noteholders, Reddy Ice Holdings (N.D. Tex.)

Secured Creditor Representations:


  • Representation of numerous special servicers (Capmark Finance, Inc., LNR Partners) of defaulted secured loans in securitized loan pools in numerous jurisdictions in Texas and Louisiana.

Unsecured Creditor Representations:


  • Lead counsel to primary unsecured creditor, ValuePart, Incorporated (N.D. Tex.)
  • Lead counsel to unsecured creditor, Energy Oilfield Services, LLC (S.D. Tex.)
  • Lead counsel to unsecured creditor, Linn Energy, LLC (S.D.Tex.)

State Court Litigation Representations:


  • Representation of former employee of commercial real estate company for recovery of sales commission.

Asset Acquisition Representations:


  • Lead counsel to purchaser of assets of My Fit Foods, LLC (N.D. Tex.)
  • Lead counsel to prospective purchaser of manufacturer of high-resolution video display equipment
  • Lead counsel to Landry's - TX C.C.. Inc. in connection with purchase of certain assets and associated leases of Garden Fresh Restaurants, LLC (E.D. TX.)
  • Lead counsel to leading provider of pre-prepared meals in connection with acquisition of real estate for headquarter relocation

Out-of-Court Restructurings:


  • Representation of distressed electrical engineering company in out-of-court financial restructuring
  • Lead counsel to distressed provider of dialysis services in connection with out-of-court financial restructuring
  • Lead counsel to distressed provider of modular structures in connection with out-of-court financial restructuring
  • Lead counsel to distressed provider of commercial electrical supplier in connection with out-of-court financial restructuring

Bankruptcy Litigation:


  • Lead counsel to leading producer of landscaping and nursery mulch producer in connection with defense of suit for recovery of preferential transfers
  • Lead counsel to printing company in connection with defense of suit for recovery of suit for recovery of preferential transfers
  • Lead counsel to owner of maritime vessels in connection with possible litigation against prospectively bankrupt maritime shipping company for recovery of remote operating vehicles
  • Lead counsel to former president of fabrication company in connection with defense of suit for recovery of preferential transfers

Articles and Publications:


  • Top Ten Tips to Deal With Vendors and Suppliers Who Have Filed for Bankruptcy, prepared for speech to Energy Law Section, Dallas Bar Association (Review of Oil & Gas Law XXX)
  • Priority and Dischargeability of Tax Claims, Collier on Bankruptcy Taxation, 2006, 2010-2011 (Assistant to Contributing Author)
  • In re Gulf Coast Oil: Difficulties Ahead For Prospective Debtors Looking to Sell Substantial Assets Under 363(b)?, June 2009 (Author)
  • Pitfalls in the Perfection of a Security Interest, prepared for upcoming speech for State Bar of Texas (Essentials of Business Law: Critical Skills for the Transactional Practice)

Speeches:


  • Top Tips to Deal With Vendors & Suppliers Who Have Filed for Bankruptcy, Review of Oil & Gas Law XXX Seminar, Dallas Bas Association, Oil and Gas Section, August 28-29, 2016
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Education:
  • Washington & Lee University B.S., Psychology, 2001
  • University of Miami School of Law J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
Prior Experience:
  • Crosby Walker PLLC (2012-2014)
  • Okin Adams & Kilmer LLP (2009-2012)
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (2005–2009)
Bar & Court Admissions:
  • State of Texas, Admitted 2005
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas
Awards:
  • Texas Rising Star 2017, 2018 (Bankruptcy)
Memberships:
  • Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Turnaround Management Association, Dallas Chapter
  • Dallas Business Alliance 100

Shannon A.S. Quadros, Shareholder

Shannon Quadros is a commercial trial lawyer representing businesses and individuals in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration proceedings. He has extensive experience in construction, real-estate, and property-related disputes. Mr. Quadros’ prior extensive business experience in the real-estate arena provides him a keen understanding of the issues those clients face and business solutions those clients want. Having started and operated a business of his own, Mr. Quadros is sensitive to the legal needs of small-business owners and start-ups. Mr. Quadros has represented clients through the process of property leasing, acquisition, and finance; contract formation with architects, engineers, and other design professionals; execution and administration of contractor agreements and the construction process; close-out of projects and lien issues; and resolution of any subsequent claims. Mr. Quadros also assists corporate clients with negotiating complex leases to best manage risk on commencement of the lease and to effect lease termination if the need arises.

Mr. Quadros also serves as a private mediator and arbitrator in the Houston area for a variety of commercial disputes. Prior to joining the Houston office of Quadros, Migl & Crosby, Shannon was an associate at Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, and Edison, McDowell & Hetherington LLP.


Representations:


  • Applied, enforced, and collected on mechanic’s and materialmen’s lien rights for architect client against boutique hotel for non-payment of significant professional fees.
  • Obtained take-nothing verdict at trial for commercial lender defendant in Federal Court suit by real-estate holding company; Successfully defended numerous appeals in same-suit and effected negotiated settlement to client satisfaction.
  • Represented high net-worth individual client in inter-state and international commercial real-estate dispute resulting in settlement with no out-of-pocket contribution costs to client.
  • Prosecuted misappropriation and accounting claims on behalf of non-profit entity regarding expenditure of joint-venture funds. Obtained agreed judgment and guaranty of payment for client.
  • Obtained significant jury award in Montgomery County, Texas, in favor of homeowner-client against custom-home builder for construction defect and breach of contract case. Jury awarded treble damages as well as attorney and expert fees.
  • Successfully defended Oil & Gas instrumentation manufacturer and its employee against claims of intellectual property and trade secret misappropriation by competitor resulting in dissolution of temporary restraining order and injunction, and non-suit by former employer.

Articles and Publications:


  • Supreme Court Continues Down Pro-Arbitration Road, American Bar Association Section of Litigation - Business Torts and Unfair Competition Litigation Committee, Spring 2014, Vol. 21 No. 3.

Seminars & Presentations:


  • Little Clouds Can Still Make It Rain–Business Development for Solos and Small Firms, Texas Minority Attorney Program, April 2019.
  • Thorn Amongst Roses: Public and Private Nuisance for the General Practitioner , HBA – CLE Spring 2018 (video)
  • Overview of Contract Law; Legal Issues for Civil Engineers, February 28, 2017.
  • Chutes and Ladders in the CPRC , HBA-CLC Summer 2016.
  • Non-competes, Non-solicits, and Non-Disclosures — The 3 Horsemen of Employment Law that Every Engineer Should Know. , Instituted for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Consultants Network, Houston, February 1, 2016.
  • TUTSA / Trade Secrets for Engineers, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Consultants Network, Houston, March 23, 2015.
  • Complying with Texas Rules and Regulations On the Practice of Professional Engineering, Texas Engineering Law Seminar, Houston, February 20, 2015.
  • Mechanics of Mechanics Liens, Houston Bar Association, November 14, 2014.
  • Guarding the Secret Recipe: Texas Adopts the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s 37th Annual Tax and Business Planning Seminar, Houston, October 30, 2014.
  • Complying with the Ethical and Regulatory Rules on the Practice of Landscape Architecture, Current Issues in Texas Landscape Architecture Seminar, Houston, July 16, 2014.
  • University of Houston Law Center: Pathway to Success Diversity Initiative — Networking in Practice.
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Education:
  • University of Mumbai B.E. Electronics Engineering, 1999
  • Pennsylvania State University M.S. Electrical Engineering, 2000
  • University of Houston Law Center J.D., cum laude, 2010, Order of the Barons
Prior Experience:
  • Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry (2012-2015)
  • Edison, McDowell & Hetherington LLP (2010-2011)
  • Judicial Intern, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Hon. Gray H. Miller (2008)
Bar & Court Admissions:
  • State of Texas, Admitted 2010
  • United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas
Awards:
  • 2017-2019 Rising Star by SuperLawyers.com
  • Top Lawyer, H-Texas Magazine 2015-2020
  • Houstonia Top Lawyers 2018-2020
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Steering Committee Member – Texas Minority
  • Counsel Program (TMCP): 2017, 2018
  • Construction Law Section, Litigation Section
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Former Co-Chair, Gender Fairness Committee
  • Former Co-Chair, Minority Opportunities in Law Committee
  • Vice-Chairperson, Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Institute of Electrical and Electric Engineers

Colleen Migl, Shareholder

The daughter of a modern-day wildcatter and a day trader, both of whom are business owners, Colleen Migl grew up in Houston surrounded by business risk and the “ups and downs” of the oil and gas industry. So, it is no surprise she is considered very business-minded when it comes to advising her clients, whether it is about the acquisition of another company, the purchase of real estate, the negotiation of a commercial lease, or the setting up of a new business venture.

While in law school, Colleen gained valuable experience interning with the second largest CPA firm in the United States, the federal government, and a national non-profit organization. Colleen spent her last year of law school as a Shapiro Fellow at the Securities and Exchange Commission. While there, she worked on high-profile securities litigation cases and investigations, and in some cases right alongside the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, and the Internal Revenue Service. Upon graduation from law school, Colleen went to work for a major accounting firm where she assisted major Houston oil and gas clients with international taxation transactions.

Mrs. Migl received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and General Business from Texas Tech University. Upon graduation, she was awarded “highest ranking graduate” from the Rawls College of Business. After completing her undergraduate studies, she attended The George Washington University Law School where she received her Juris Doctorate in 2014. Upon graduation with her law degree, Ms. Migl was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her extensive pro bono work with the homeless and unemployed in the heart of Washington, D.C.

While handling multiple large acquisitions for a Fortune 200 company at the same time, Colleen recently went back to school to obtain her L.L.M. and a Certificate in International Taxation from Georgetown University. Upon graduation, she was once again recognized for pro bono work in her local community.


Practice Areas:


  • Entity Formations and Structuring
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Construction
  • Finance
  • Debt Collections
  • General Corporate Matters
  • Estate Planning

Affiliations:


  • Member, Fort Bend Bar Association
  • President, Fort Bend Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Past Co-Chair, Houston Bar Association Campaign for Homeless
  • Past Co-Chair, Fort Bend Walk for Alzheimer’s
  • Docent, Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Young Alumni Representative, George Washington University Alumni Association
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Education:
  • L.L.M., Georgetown University
  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School
  • B.B.A., Accounting, Texas Tech University, graduated Magna Cum Laude, minor in English
  • B.B.A., General Business, Texas Tech University, graduated Summa Cum Laude
Bar & Court Admissions:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Eastern District of Texas
  • Northern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas
  • Southern District of Texas Bankruptcy Court
  • Western District of Texas Bankruptcy Court

Stephen Risley, Associate

Stephen Risley joined Quadros, Migl & Crosby in 2018 as an associate. Stephen is a commercial trial lawyer representing businesses and individuals in federal and state courts. Stephen has extensive experience in all aspects of the litigation process and currently practices primarily in real estate and bankruptcy litigation.

Prior to joining Quadros, Migl & Crosby, Stephen primarily practiced personal injury litigation and was first chair on several jury trials. While in law school at the University of Houston Law Center, Stephen was a member of the school's national moot court program, competing in three national competitions. Stephen was also a finalist and won best speaker at the 2013 John Black Moot Court Competition. While at school, Stephen also interned for the Honorable Kem Frost on the 14th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Articles and Publications:

With Friends Like These who Needs Enemies: the Texas Supreme Court and Insurance Law in the new Millennium, Texas Journal of Insurance Law, Summer 2018, Volume 16, Number 2.

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Education:
  • Rhodes College BA International Studies & German 2011
  • University of Houston Law Center J.D., 2015
Prior Experience:
  • Khuu & Associates 2016-2018
Bar & Court Admissions:
  • Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Litigation Section
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association