Rhonda Bear Mates

Attorney

Phone: (512) 220-2689
Fax:  (512) 236-9904
Email: Mates@slollp.com
Rhonda Mates is dedicated to representing businesses in bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, including workouts, asset sales, and bankruptcy litigation.  As part of her bankruptcy practice, she regularly represents debtors, creditors, trustees, creditor committees, governmental entities, and buyers in bankruptcy matters in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, energy, real estate, manufacturing, health care, and construction.

Rhonda also has extensive experience in commercial litigation in state and federal court, specializing in prosecuting and defending claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of contract.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of royalty and working interest holders in complex chapter 11 case of a national oil and gas producer in the Southern District of Texas
  • Representation of unsecured creditors’ committee in manufacturing company chapter 11 in Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Representation of governmental entity in complex chapter 11 case of refinery in Southern District of Texas
  • Representation of pipeline REIT financier in bankruptcy of pipeline operator in Southern District of Texas
  • Representation of seller/creditor of interstate pipeline in bankruptcy of pipeline operator/integrated entity in Southern District Texas
  • Representation of creditor in connection with bankruptcies of pipeline construction and maintenance company in Southern District Texas
  • Representation of pipeline purchaser in connection with operator bankruptcy in Southern District Texas
  • Representation of debtor asset-based (real estate) lender in chapter 11 in Western District of Texas
  • Representation of high-tech debtor in chapter 11 in Western District of Texas
  • Representation of multiple states in high-profile bankruptcy of illegal consumer debt collection company
  • Representation of various creditors in chapter 11 preferential transfer cases
  • Representation of international energy company in litigation against pipeline construction and operations entity regarding construction defects, maintenance issues, and financing issues
  • Representation of Texas financial institution in litigation against borrowers and guarantors, including cases involving fraud
  • Representation of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in professional liability lawsuit against former officers and directors of failed financial institution
  • Representation of international trade finance company in successful defense of breach of contract and fraud claims in arbitration before the American Arbitration Association in New York.
  • Representation of global investment management firm in negotiations of a real estate development dispute
  • Representation of independent living facility in defense of breach of restrictive covenants
  • Representation of property owner in connection with determination of validity of Texas low income housing restrictions
  • Representation of publicly traded refinery in criminal investigation for violation of environmental regulations
  • Representation of Texas financial institution in multiple loan workouts and loan purchase transactions

Admissions

  • Texas, 2003
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., Stephen F. Austin State University, 1995

Memberships

  • Austin Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Law Section, Litigation Section
  • Texas State Bar Standing Committee for Paralegals, Committee, 2008-2011
  • Turnaround Management Association, Chair, Network of Women (NOW) Committee, Central Texas Chapter

Recognitions

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013

Publications and Presentations

  • Author, State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section, review of Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference
  • Co-author, “Extraordinary Remedies: Some Remedies Every Trial Lawyer Should Know, Or, Overcoming Newton’s Law of Inertia,” Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference, Austin, Texas, October 2009
  • Speaker, Construction Lien Seminar, Lorman Education Services, June 2011
News & Press
  • Streusand, Landon, Ozburn & Lemmon, LLP Congratulates Its ‘Super Lawyer – Rising Star’ Read More
  • Streusand, Landon, Ozburn & Lemmon, LLP Congratulates Its ‘Super Lawyer – Rising Star’ Read More
  • Austin-based Valence Technology emerges from bankruptcy as a private company Read More
  • Employer Mandate Provision of Obama Health Care Law Delayed Until 2015 Read More
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