Frances A. Smith is a partner in the Dallas office of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP. She has been honored among the Best Lawyers in America© and D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas in recognition of her bankruptcy and restructuring work on behalf of debtors, secured lenders, unsecured creditor committees, and asset purchasers in bankruptcy proceedings throughout the United States. She helps clients navigate the bankruptcy process and provides creative solutions for out-of-court restructurings.
She regularly represents clients involved in the fast casual dining industry, including the owners and franchisors of more than 500 casual dining restaurants in Chapter 11 reorganizations. She frequently consults with companies and individuals on the best practices for avoiding lawsuits related to debt-collection laws, representing clients in a wide range of industries, including regional and national financial institutions, landlords, real estate developers, equipment lessors, manufacturers and other businesses. A sought-after expert on bankruptcy and credit matters, Ms. Smith is frequently called on by members of the media for her insightful legal perspectives, including prior interviews with news outlets such as Dallas’s KTVT CBS 11 News, KDFW Fox 4 News, The Dallas Morning News, and others. In 2011, Ms. Smith received the Romina L. Mulloy-Bossio Achievement Award, which is presented annually by the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas to the state’s top young bankruptcy lawyer. A graduate of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Honorable John C. Ford American Inns of Court, is a former chair of the bankruptcy section of the Dallas Bar Association and a former president of the DFW Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers.