My philosophy is simple: the client comes first. I work with the goal of seeing my client take that breath of fresh air after a big win. My clients expect to collaborate on thoughtful strategic planning early on in their case or deal, and to rely on me for flawless execution of that strategy. By staying laser-focused on achieving my client’s goals, I am able to deliver legal services more efficiently than the competition.
Joshua Lesser’s practice focuses on bankruptcy, complex commercial litigation, and advising his clients on all aspects of regulatory, litigation, and transactional strategy. Josh represents banks, commercial, and individual clients in litigation and transactional matters, as well as corporate debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and committees at all stages of Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 debt restructurings and liquidations.
Josh brings valuable experience advising clients in the banking, finance, capital markets, energy, entertainment, commercial real estate, retail, and hospitality industries, amongst others. He approaches each matter from the standpoint of service and advocates for the client’s best interest in a result-oriented and cost-effective manner.
In his practice, Josh accomplished the consensual deleveraging of $8.1 million from debtors’ balance sheet and $3.4 million in cure-claim forgiveness as part of a lease re-negotiation as debtors’ counsel in a complex Chapter 11 restructuring.
After law school, Josh served as a law clerk for the Honorable Samuel S. Sheldon in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division. At one of, if not the busiest district court in the United States, Josh assisted Judge Sheldon in moving over four thousand cases through the federal court system. During law school, Josh was selected for a competitive internship with the world’s largest refiner of petrochemical products, Valero Energy Corporation, at their corporate headquarters in 2016.
When he is not serving his clients, Josh gives back to his community through pro bono practice and volunteer work. Josh is a regular volunteer at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ free VA Legal Clinics for the retired and active-duty servicemen and servicewomen of his country. During law school, Josh undertook two pro bono legal externships for the Gulf Restoration Network and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
- Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2016, cum laude
- University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., 2013
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
- United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College Inductee
- United States Department of Veteran Affairs, VA Legal Clinic, Pro Bono Volunteer
Areas of Practice
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Section, Young Lawyers Committee Membership Liaison,
- Houston Bar Association
- Turnaround Management Association, Chairman
- American Bankruptcy Institute; Restructuring Committee
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Won partial summary judgment and successfully defended publicly-traded energy corporation in securities class litigation related to the impairment of goodwill following the purchase of nuclear projects.
- Represented institutional investment banks in employment claims and securities class litigation and institutional banks and depository institutions in litigation, regulatory, and transactional special matters as outside counsel.
- Represented commercial landlords in employment, litigation, and creditor/debtor matters.
- Represented commercial and residential developers in pre-deal transactions and post-deal litigation.
- Represented secured and unsecured creditor-landlords in contentious Chapter 11 restructurings.
- Successfully negotiated considerable concessions for unsecured creditors in highly-publicized 363 sale of a sports league as UCC counsel.
- Accomplished consensual de-leveraging of $8.1M from debtors’ balance sheet and $3.4M in cure-claim forgiveness as debtors’ counsel in complex Chapter 11 restructuring of regional E&P proppant supplier.
- Negotiated full pre-confirmation recovery of claim, plus contract renewal after drafting and filing lift-stay motion as first chair creditor’s counsel in Chapter 11 restructuring.
- Briefed complex motions for relief from the automatic stay and mandatory abstention to continue longstanding suits in state court as well as motions to convert case to Chapter 7.