Luckey McDowell

Luckey McDowell


Luckey is US Head of Restructuring & Bankruptcy.

With particularly deep experience representing energy sector clients, Luckey focuses on capital restructuring for highly leveraged companies, out-of-court workouts, insolvency-specific guidance to boards, and all aspects of bankruptcy cases throughout the country. He also has extensive experience representing buy-side clients negotiating with financially distressed companies.

Within the energy industry, Luckey’s clients include companies involved conventional and renewable power generation, as well as oil and gas exploration and production and oilfield services.


Representative matters

Corporate Restructurings

Director and management team of Lucky Bucks—one of the largest operators of coin-operated amusement machines in the US—in the company’s chapter 11 cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Leading U.S. Oil & Gas services provider, as company counsel, in liability management transaction and balance sheet restructuring.

Amyris as special mergers and acquisitions and commercial transactions counsel in its Chapter 11 cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Published Work

  • “Is the Regulated Utility Business Model Ultimately to Blame for PG&E Chapter 11 Filing?”, S&P Global, 2019
  • “Ch. 11 Filing Gives PG&E Chance to Douse Future Fire Claims”, Law360, 2019
  • “California Shouldn’t Waste a PG&E Bankruptcy”, Bloomberg News, 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Buying Assets Out of Bankruptcy”, IPAA’s Industry Insights Webinar, July 2020
  • Panelist, “Proactively Navigating Distress in the Oil & Gas Industry”, IPAA’s Industry Insights Webinar, April 2020 
  • Panelist, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Symposium, February 2020
  • Panelist, Debtwire Distressed Energy Forum, Houston, November 2016

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, DFW Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers
Very effective and has a no-nonsense approach.
Chambers USA, 2023
Luckey is an excellent bankruptcy lawyer. He has a great bedside manner and is very smart.
Chambers USA, 2022


  • Leading lawyer in Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Texas, Chambers USA, 2019-2023
  • Best Lawyer in Dallas - D Magazine, Bankruptcy & Workout, 2024, 2021



State of Texas, 2002


Bachelor of Business Administration, Economics and Insurance, Baylor University, 1999
J.D., Duke University, 2001
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.