Jamie Alan Aycock

713.632.8089 | Houston, Texas
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Professional Summary

Jamie is a business trial lawyer who represents clients in high-stakes complex commercial, appellate, and restructuring related litigation. He represents a wide range of plaintiffs and defendants in complicated suits involving breaches of contract and business torts, especially energy-related companies, and has regularly served as lead trial counsel in contested Chapter 11 proceedings. Whether addressing a nuanced question of law to be decided by a court or preparing a witness to maximize credibility with a factfinder, Jamie’s advocacy cuts through complicated legal and factual matters to focus on what is key to winning and presents those issues with clarity.

Jamie clerked for Justice Nathan L. Hecht of the Supreme Court of Texas and is recognized in commercial litigation as a “Texas Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers. Prior to joining the firm, Jamie practiced with Kirkland & Ellis LLP and AZA in Houston.

Jamie also has served as pro bono litigation counsel on a variety of matters related to protecting religious liberties, including for two high school boys banned from extracurricular activities by their school district for keeping a promesa from infancy not to cut a small strand of hair and for a synagogue denied access to a federal flood relief program.

Representative Experience
  • Co-lead trial counsel for Extraction Oil & Gas in Chapter 11 proceedings before Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware. Following extensive discovery, briefing, and trials prevailed in stopping attempt by multiple midstream counterparties to institute FERC proceedings and prevailed in rejecting numerous midstream contracts by establishing that rejection was a reasonable exercise of Extraction’s business judgment, was in the public interest, and the contracts did not contain real covenants that precluded rejection. Courtroom victories ensured multi-million- dollar savings to the company.
  • Successfully defended Bayou City Energy in litigation challenging its purchase of Alta Mesa Resources and then subsequently defended against attempt to enforce specific performance after the market shifted but before closing took place.
  • Co-lead trial counsel at successful contested confirmation trial for McDermott International and oversaw investigation conducted by independent directors into potential claims.
  • Lead trial counsel for Primexx in three lawsuits in Oklahoma state court alleging injection of wastewater from fracking at disposal wells caused seismic activity. Achieved settlement to client's satisfaction.
  • Trial counsel for international tire manufacturer in high exposure wrongful death case when the defendant faced a forced inspection of its Chinese manufacturing plant with implications for other cases pending across the country. Helped the client avoid the inspection and obtain a favorable settlement.
  • Co-lead trial counsel for Exco in contested confirmation hearing that reached favorable settlement following the close of evidence.
  • Obtained injunction and summary judgment in Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas affirmed by the Fifth Circuit for two brothers banned from extracurricular activities by their school district based on their adherence to a religious promise. The boys have long kept a small strand of hair uncut, which they braid and tuck into their shirts, as part of a religious promesa, a practice familiar to Mexican Catholics, related to a promise made to God because one of the brothers recovered from bacterial meningitis as an infant. The case received substantial media attention from outlets, including Newsweek, the New York Post, the Washington Examiner, and Fox News, as well as local Corpus Christi news stations.
  • Trial counsel for Nine West Holdings, Inc. during its Chapter 11 cases in the Southern District of New York in successfully settling contested confirmation trial over value of claims breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent transfer and other causes of action in connection with the 2014 leveraged buyout of the company. Case settled favorably after one week of trial.
  • Trial counsel for Victory Park Capital in connection with Think Finance’s Chapter 11 cases in the Northern District of Texas.
  • Served as trial counsel for Cobalt International Energy, Inc. and its subsidiaries, achieved confirmation of Chapter 11 plan of over multiple objections after hotly contested plan process and argued and won dismissal of appeal on equitable mootness grounds.
Professional Honors & Affiliations
  • "Texas Rising Star," in Business Litigation by Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers, 2014-2018
  • Member: The Federalist Society
Presentations & Publications
  • “Virtual Presentations: Please Stand Up,” The Texas Lawbook, September 1, 2021
  • “Contracting Out of the Culture Wars: How the Law Should Enforce and Communities of Faith Should Encourage More Enduring Marital Commitments,” 30 HARV. J.L. & PUB. POL’Y 231, 2006
Education & Professional Background
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2005 (Editorial Board, 2004-2005 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy)
  • Cornell University, B.A., Government & Economics, 2001, summa cum laude with distinction in all subjects (Lt. David Chrystall Prize for best honors thesis on international relations)
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Nathan L. Hecht, Supreme Court of Texas, 2005-2006
  • Admitted to Practice: Texas, 2005; District of Columbia, 2007; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Fifth Federal Circuits; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court