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William Louis Wallander


Current Position

Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, TX 75201-2975

Tel: 214-220-7905
Fax: 214-999-7905

Class: XXVI (2015)Circuit: Fifth


Bill is the Co-head of Vinson & Elkins’ Restructuring and Reorganization group and has led a robust restructuring practice with more than 25 years of experience. A complex commercial problem solver who knows his way around a courtroom, Bill has experience in all phases of distress including out-of-court workout and restructurings, distressed asset acquisitions and divestitures, distressed finance transactions, bankruptcy cases and litigation. Bill has experience in representing creditors, syndicated bank groups, bondholder groups, non-bank lenders, private equity funds, and debtors, among others. Bill’s experience in complex chapter 11 cases covers all phases of the case including case preparation, financing, M&A, sales, plans of reorganization, post-emergence structuring and trusts, and bankruptcy litigation with substantial experience with fraudulent transfers. Bill has served as a witness in bankruptcy court (A.G. Financial Service Center, Inc. USBC S.D. Indiana), and in a significant state court class action matter on bankruptcy issues and impact. Bill’s practice includes a substantial amount of consulting and advisory work related to finance, M&A, other transactional structuring, and risk management for strategic evaluation and planning.


Master and Executive Committee Member: John C. Ford American Inn of Court
Chair: The University of Texas/Jay Westbrook Advanced Bankruptcy Conference, Austin, Texas, 2020
Life Fellow: Keeton Fellow, The University of Texas School of Law; Dean’s Roundtable, The University of Texas School of Law; Chancellor’s Council, The University of Texas; Littlefield Society, The University of Texas
Sustaining Life Fellow: Dallas Bar Foundation
Director: American College of Bankruptcy Foundation, 2020 and 2021
Chair: State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section, 2015
Chair-Elect: State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section, 2014
Co-Chair: State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section 2015 Bench/Bar Conference


Legal 500 U.S., Corporate Restructuring, 2012–2014; Finance: Corporate Restructuring (Including Bankruptcy): Corporate, 2015–2021
D Magazine (D Magazine Partners), “The Best Lawyers in Dallas” in Bankruptcy & Workouts, 2012, 2014–2020
Who’s Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.), Restructuring & Insolvency, 2016?2021
(Euromoney’s) Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers, 2007–2011, 2013, and 2019
The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), (Dallas): Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2005–2022; Litigation–Bankruptcy, 2005–2022
Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Nationwide), 2004–2019; Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Texas), 2020 and 2021
Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2004–2020
State Bar of Texas (Bankruptcy Law Section), Robert B. Wilson Distinguished Service Award, 2019
Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers, 2020
IFLR1000, 2020 and 2021


The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1984
University of Phoenix, M.B.A. summa cum laude, 2001 (earned while practicing law full-time)
University of Pittsburgh, B.A., Political Science and Economics magna cum laude, 1981 (minors: Mathematics and Latin; Phi Beta Kappa)