My philosophy is simple: The client comes first. I work tirelessly with the goal of seeing my client take that breath of fresh air after a big win or closing a big deal. My clients should expect to collaborate on thoughtful, strategic planning early on and to rely on me for flawless execution of that strategy.
Joshua Lesser represents financial institutions, corporate clients, and individual clients across a broad range of litigation and transactional matters. Josh’s practice includes public and private finance, corporate governance, lender liability, foreclosures and workouts, complex commercial litigation, and representing all stakeholders in chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Josh aims to be result-oriented in his approach, which starts by understanding each client’s unique outlook and objectives. With years of experience in complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy, Josh has the unique combination of transactional and litigation acuity that it takes to advance and achieve his clients’ ultimate goals and foster success.
Josh graduated from Tulane University Law School cum laude. 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.
After law school, Josh was selected for a highly competitive federal clerkship for the Honorable Samuel S. Sheldon in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
When he is not serving his clients, Josh is serving 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
- Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
- State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College, Inductee
- United States Department of Veteran Affairs, VA Legal Clinic, Pro Bono Volunteer
Areas of Practice
- Texas Rising Stars® (by Thomson Reuters) Business Litigation 2022
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Section, Young Lawyers Committee, Vice Chair
- Turnaround Management Association, NextGen Board Director
- State Bar of Texas, Tax Section, Member
- State Bar of Texas, Consumer & Commercial Law Section, Member
- State Bar of Texas, Corporate Counsel Section, Member
- Houston Bar Association, Member
- American Bankruptcy Institute, Restructuring Committee, Member
- Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
- Drafted numerous asset purchase, stock purchase, and membership purchase agreements, notes, loan agreements, security agreements, deeds of trust, and various other contracts for commercial and individual clients.
- In 2022, successfully helped lender-client achieve outright dismissal of claims involving federal securities and privacy law and state-law breach of contract and other related state-law claims involving real-property financing.
- As lead counsel, successfully negotiated a full settlement of claims and increased ownership percentage for high-net-worth-individual client through an out-of-court corporate reorganization of established electric-vehicle company, securing favorable concessions valued at $2MM.
- 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 E&P proppant supplier. Also pursued claims in adversary proceedings on behalf of debtors to recover on state-law claims.
- As lead counsel, successfully 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.
- In 2021, secured full recovery of collateral for creditor-client through dispositive motions practice in two separate cases involving federal maritime liens.
- In 2019, successfully defended commercial-client by achieving outright dismissal on contested motion for summary judgment.
- In 2018, successfully defended commercial-clients by achieving outright dismissal on contested motions for summary judgment in three separate lawsuits.
- In 2017, successfully defended commercial-client by achieving outright dismissal on contested motion for summary judgment.
- CFPB’s New-and-Improved Reg F Provides Opportunities for Lenders to Protect Down-the-Line Debt Purchasers, State Bar of Texas Consumer & Commercial Law Section, Consumer & Commercial Law Journal, Winter 2021, at 59–60, available at http://texasbar.informz.net/texasbar/data/images/Winter2021%20v2.pdf.
- A Categorical Review of Abuses: From Civil Bad Faith to Criminal Bankruptcy Fraud, American Bankruptcy Institute, XLI ABI Journal 3, 18–19, 48, March 2022, available at https://s3.amazonaws.com/abi-org-corp/journals/feature1_03-22.pdf.
- Fifth Circuit Clarifies Scope of Permissible Compensation of Estate Professionals Under 11 U.S.C. § 330(a), American Bankruptcy Institute Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee, May 2022 Newsletter, available at https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:ugcPost:6934937485399535616/.
- Liquidations and C Reorganizations Through the Prism of the IRS 2021 Audit of Bausch Health’s 2017 Granite Trust Transaction, American Bar Association Tax Section, ABA Tax Times, Vol. 41, No. 2, 18–21, May 2022, available at https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publishing/aba_tax_times/22winspr/att-22winspr-000-complete-issue.pdf#page=18.