Richard G. Dafoe

Richard G. Dafoe

Dallas, Texas

Mr. Dafoe is involved in a general bankruptcy and debtor-creditor litigation practice including representation in all phases of reorganization: pre-petition, post-petition, out of court, consumer, and business. He has extensive litigation experience on every major aspect of bankruptcy and commercial law, including: state litigation, preferences and fraudulent conveyance, collections, exemptions and estate planning, discharge issues, plans of reorganization, and asset recovery. His workload is divided into approximately 65% creditor and trustee representation and 35% debtor representation. Types of entities represented include major national insurance and surety companies, banks, trustees, owners of businesses, and individuals.

He handles general commercial litigation in federal and state courts from collection to complex lender liability matters.

The publisher of Texas Monthly magazine has named Mr. Dafoe as a Texas Super Lawyer.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy
  • Debtor-creditor Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Business Bankruptcy Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1988
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1976
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1976


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • Juris Doctor - 1976
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1972
    • Honors: With Honors

Published Works

  • Author, "Creditors' Rights in Chapter 11," Small Business Report, August, 1986
  • Author, "Is There Life For Creditors After Chapter 11?", Wall Street Journal on Management, August 1989
  • Author, "Exempting Personal Injuries Claims in Bankruptcy," Texas Bar Journal, Volume 63, Number 8, September 2000, page 741


  • Lecturer, "Bankruptcy Issues in Suretyship," Private Industry Group, August, 1994
  • Lecturer, "Bankruptcy Crimes," Dallas Association of Legal Assistants, October, 1992
  • Lecturer, "Exemption Planning," Dallas Association of Legal Assistants, October, 1991
  • Lecturer, "Practical Tips for Family Law Lawyers in Bankruptcy Cases," Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, November, 1990
  • Lecturer, "Key Bankruptcy Issues In Construction Practice," Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law Section, September, 1986

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Listing
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly magazine

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy Bar Section, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member