Omar J. Alaniz, National Outstanding Young Lawyer of 2011

Vol. 16 No. 5

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The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s National Outstanding Young Lawyer of 2011 is Omar J. Alaniz, a senior associate at Baker Botts LLP’s Dallas office. He formally received the award during the ABA YLD Midyear Meeting in New Orleans, LA, on February 4, 2012.

Professional Experience

In his eight years of practice, Mr. Alaniz has become recognized as an up-and-coming force in the Texas bankruptcy bar. Mr. Alaniz has a professional focus in the area of complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations.

Prior to joining Baker Botts, Mr. Alaniz received his B.A. in economics from Austin College and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He served as an Associate at Neligan Foley LLP in Dallas for three years before going to work as a law clerk to the Honorable D. Michael Lynn of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. After his clerkship, Mr. Alaniz joined Baker Botts and has been practicing there for the past four years.

Mr. Alaniz also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He teaches corporate restructuring. Mr. Alaniz is a faculty sponsor for the law school’s OutLaw group, a student organization dedicated to GLBT persons and their allies in society, in the legal community, and at SMU Dedman School of Law.

Bar and Community Service

Mr. Alaniz is highly dedicated
to making a positive influence on the community. In 2010 alone, Mr. Alaniz logged over 500 hours of pro bono work. Those cases focused on family, deceptive trade practices, consumer fraud, and landlord-tenant law.

Mr. Alaniz was instrumental in developing the MoneyWise program (www.savemoney.com) created by the Bankruptcy
Section of the State Bar of
Texas. MoneyWise is a comprehensive teaching tool to promote educating high school students about financial management. The program allows high school students to learn about budgeting, setting financial goals, and preparing for their futures.

Finalists

Two other individuals were recognized as finalists for the National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award: Angela R. Stephens, a member from Stites & Harbison, PLLC, in Louisville, Kentucky; and Dolores Dorsainvil, a senior staff attorney at the District of Columbia Office of Bar Counsel.

Thank you to all the organizations who submitted applications for the National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. To find out more information or to ask questions on the awards process, please contact Leslie Pate Marlin at lpmarlin@venable.com.

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article appears in The Affiliate 37:4, March/April 2012. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2012 by the American Bar Association.

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