• University of Wisconsin - Madison (B.A. 2015)
  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. 2018)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • 2018, Minnesota
  • 2019, New York
  • 2023, Texas


  • Law clerk, Judge Nancy Hershey Lord (Bankr. E.D.N.Y.)

Theodore S. Heckel

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Tel: 713.691.9385
New York
Tel: 212.561.7700

Theodore S. Heckel represents debtors, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, committees, and other significant parties in interest in complex restructurings and financially distressed situations, both in and out of court. His representations have involved a wide range of industries, including energy, retail, media and entertainment, real estate, technology and telecom, cryptocurrency, and life sciences.

Mr. Heckel is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was awarded the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence. Following law school, Mr. Heckel served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Nancy Hershey Lord of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York. Prior to joining PSZJ, he practiced financial restructuring at a major international law firm.

Mr. Heckel is admitted to practice in Texas, New York, and Minnesota, and is resident in our Houston office.


  • Coauthor, "Avoiding Foreign Transfers Based on Foreign Law Claims: Fairfield Sentry Cases Illustrate Broad Scope of Safe Harbor in Chapter 15," 17 Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law 361 (2021)
  • Coauthor, "Attention, Buyers of Assets in Bankruptcy: How to Be a Good-Faith Purchaser and Ensure that Any Post-Closing Challenges Will Be Dismissed as Statutorily Moot Under § 363(m) of the Bankruptcy Code," ABI Asset Sales Committee Newsletter (May 2021)
  • Coauthor, "Third Circuit Decision Provides New Guidance on the Unfair Discrimination Standard of Cramdown and the Enforcement of Subordination Agreements When Confirming Cramdown Plans," 17 Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law 30 (2021)
  • Coauthor, "How to Lose a Repo in Ten Days (But Get Your Money Back)," 36 ABI Journal 11 (November 2017)

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