H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale

Visiting faculty

Judge |United States Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Texas


The Honorable H. DeWayne “Cooter” Hale was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas in November 2002. He received his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from LSU, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and an editor of the Law Review. He worked at Strasburger & Price before opening a boutique firm, where he became well-versed in bankruptcy law. Two years before his judicial appointment, Judge Hale was a regional partner in charge of the bankruptcy practice at Baker & McKenzie in Dallas. He is a member of the Texas Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Bankruptcy Bar Association, and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

Areas of Expertise

  • Bankruptcy


B.S., Louisiana State University
J.D., Louisiana State University


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