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Charles Beckham Jr.

Partner, Haynes and Boone
Houston
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Charles Beckham Jr. recently wrestled with competing bankruptcy proceedings in three jurisdictions and came away with a victory for his client, an Austin-based software design company. Beckham led the Haynes and Boone team representing Think3 Inc. in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding that was running parallel to a liquidation proceeding Think3's Italian branch filed in Bologna, Italy.

The trustee in the Italian proceeding also filed a bankruptcy recognition proceeding in Tokyo. Beckham says he traveled to Italy to meet with the trustee there, but the meeting failed to resolve the differences. The dueling proceedings concluded on July 3 when the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin confirmed the plan of organization filed in In Re Think3 Inc.

"I'm glad that one's done," he says.

Beckham often is involved in high-dollar bankruptcies. In 2009, he led the Haynes and Boone team that represented Americas Mining Corp. in the ASARCO LLC Chapter 11 proceeding in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas in Corpus Christi. Beckham says the plan of organization filed by AMC, ASARCO's corporate parent, resolved approximately $4 billion in claims.

Beckham says he decided to go to law school while earning a BBA degree at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1979, Beckham spent a year as a law clerk for then-U.S. District Judge Halbert O. Woodward of the Northern District of Texas in Lubbock. In 1980, he joined Kemp Smith in El Paso, spending 19 years at the firm before joining Haynes and Boone in 1999.

"My path to bankruptcy [work] was involuntary," Beckham says, noting that Kemp Smith assigned him to work with a bankruptcy partner at the firm. "I was thinking my career must be over because I'd been exiled to bankruptcy."

Although he says his supervising attorney at Kemp Smith told him not to worry because his turn in the bankruptcy practice would be over in six months, Beckham says he discovered he "had a passion for it."


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