D. Wade Carvell

Fax: (214) 594-4400

Wade Carvell joined the firm as of counsel in 2005. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and commercial bankruptcy matters. He has represented a wide variety of stakeholders in virtually all aspects commercial bankruptcy cases and represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial and business litigation cases.

Mr. Carvell is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice in all state courts for the State of Texas, each of the United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts in the State of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He was graduated from the Southern Methodist University School of Law and received his Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University's Edwin L. Cox Graduate School of Business in 1996. Mr. Carvell received his B.A. in Politics from Hendrix College in 1991.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Carvell was an associate with the firm Winstead Sechrest & Minick, P.C., and had previously served as law clerk for the Honorable Barbara J. Houser, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Texas.


  • Represent clients and conduct all phases of litigation in complex commercial matters before state and federal courts
  • Represent parties in state and federal lawsuits, mediations, arbitrations and trials
  • Prosecute and defend all types of commercial and bankruptcy and bankruptcy related litigation, including preference and avoidance actions, and matters pertaining to validity, perfection, priority, and enforcement of debts, judgments, liens, and security interests
  • Represent and assist secured and unsecured creditors of bankrupt entities, including debtor-in-possession financing and cash collateral issues, claim preparation and defense and plan negotiation and litigation


  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Litigation
  • Financial Institution Litigation
  • Disputes over Asset Dispositions
  • Real Estate Litigation and Title Insurance Defense
  • Asset Based Lending and Commercial Finance
  • Corporate Governance Compliance and Disputes
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution


  • Southern Methodist University, School of Law
    • Juris Doctor, 1996
  • Southern Methodist University, Edwin L. Cox Graduate School of Business
    • Master Business Administration, 1996
  • Hendrix College
    • Bachelor of Arts, 1991


  • State of Texas
  • United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, District 6A Subcommittee
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Practice Group
  • Dallas Bar Association Trial Skills Section


  • Trends in Debtor in Possession Financing and Cash Collateral Orders, Emerging Trends in Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Litigation in Texas (2004)
  • Selected Bankruptcy Issues in Real Estate Transactions, Advanced Real Estate Course (2002)
  • Section 363 Issues -- Acquiring Troubled Companies and Assets, co-authored with Hon. Barbara J. Houser, ALI-ABA Business Law Course Materials Journal (26 ALI-ABA Bus. L. Course Mats. J. 1, 2 (2002))
  • Confirmation and Cramdown of Chapter 11 Plans, co-authored with Hon. Barbara J. Houser, presented at the Chapter 11 Business Reorganizations, Advanced ALI-ABA Course of Study (2001)
  • A New Twist on Third-Party Plan Protections, co-authored with Hon. Barbara J. Houser, presented at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (2001)
  • Litigation and Professionalism: A New Judge’s Perspective on Conducting Yourself and Conducting Your Case in Bankruptcy Litigation, co-authored with Hon. Barbara J. Houser, 27th Annual Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute (2001)


  • In re Owens-Corning: Breathing Life into Substantive Consolidation?, John C. Ford American Inn of Court, Pupilage Group 5 (2004)
  • Investment Banker Engagement and Retention Letters, Bank of America Special Assets Group (2004)
  • Insider Sales in Chapter 11, Tarrant County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section (2004)
  • Purchase and Sale of Lease Designation Rights, Commercial Real Estate Practice Group (2003)
  • Getting Paid: Current Issues in Attorney Compensation, Tarrant County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section (2002)