Tom Lauria (’82, ’86)

Category: Awards | Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna

2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner

Tom Lauria is one of the foremost bankruptcy attorneys in the world. As global head of the Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice at White & Case LLP in Miami, he oversees a group of 150 lawyers worldwide and helps major corporations through complex restructuring issues.

Lauria earned his BA with honors from UT in 1982 and his JD, also with honors, from the College of Law in 1986. After practicing bankruptcy law in Texas for nine years, he joined White & Case in their Miami office, where he has led the efforts to restructure more than $100 billion in debt in some of the largest, most complex cases in history.

He represented a group of holders of secured debt who opposed the reorganization of Chrysler, pursuing the matter all the way to the Supreme Court. He was also involved in the Washington Mutual bankruptcy, the largest bank failure in US history and the bankruptcy restructurings of Adelphia Corporation, Williams Communications Group, and Dynergy Inc., among many others. He represented Major league Baseball in successfully negotiating the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to new ownership in a record-setting transaction; as well as an investment group, led by Nolan Ryan and sports attorney Chuck Greenberg, in its successful effort to purchase the Texas Rangers baseball team out of Chapter 11.

Lauria has spoken and written on many restructuring topics and is featured regularly in leading publications for his views on bankruptcy issues of national and international interest.

He is a dedicated supporter of the College of Law, hiring students at White & Case, funding a scholarship to help recruit out-of-state students, supporting faculty endowments, and serving as a Distinguished Alumni Lecturer.