Distressed transactions and complex financial restructurings are known to be stressful and fast-moving. Cantey Hanger LLP’s team of attorneys have the experience to make swift calculations and advise clients under pressure in complex commercial chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings to preserve value of the bankruptcy estate and creditor claims.  Our bankruptcy attorneys have restructuring experience in healthcare, energy, aerospace, construction, e-commerce, and light manufacturing industries.

We ably analyze and formulate complicated restructuring plans, advocate vigorously in contested hearings and trials, and, when necessary, expedite appeals for our clients, whether corporate debtor, lender, or creditors’ committee. Our attorneys have argued successfully before bankruptcy courts and district courts to get the best possible outcome for creditors and debtors in chapter 11 proceedings.

Aside from financial restructuring, our attorneys have also litigated and secured relief in bankruptcy adversary proceedings (related bankruptcy lawsuits) and Texas state courts on behalf of creditors.

Business Law

Attorneys in the Business Law Section of Cantey Hanger LLP assist local, national and international clients of all sizes in a wide variety of business industries with regard to forming, financing, buying and selling business entities (corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, professional corporations, and professional associations).

Our attorneys routinely advise our clients on the day-to-day legal issues that arise in the operation and governance of their business entities. We handle mergers and acquisitions and public and private offerings of debt and equity securities for companies of all sizes, from start-ups to public companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ or the over-the-counter market.

Our clients include small start-up companies, medical practices, hospitals, operating companies, financial institutions and other lenders, venture capital and other investment funds, individual investors, entrepreneurs, franchisors and franchisees, boards of directors and board committees, shareholders, business executives, joint ventures and syndicates. We provide legal services in virtually all areas involving business matters, including:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Public Securities Offerings
  • Private Placements
  • Venture Capital
  • Investment Funds
  • SEC Reporting and Compliance
  • Stock Options and Other Equity Compensation
  • Executive Employment Agreements
  • Business Formation
  • Joint Ventures
  • Franchising
  • Tax-Exempt Bonds
  • Corporate Governance
  • Fiduciary Duties of Directors and Officers
  • Tender Offers and Anti-Takeover Defenses
  • Shareholder Agreements and Disputes

Our industry experience includes, among other industries, health care, computer software, Internet and technology companies, manufacturing, bottling, food processing, retailing, venture capital, media, logistics, oil and gas, and energy services.

Intellectual Property

Cantey Hanger’s Intellectual Property lawyers help clients secure, protect and defend their valuable intellectual property. Our business lawyers can assist in the registration of copyrights and trademarks, draft licensing agreements, and determine the best ways for you to protect your confidential information and trade secrets. Our trial lawyers will fight to protect your intellectual property both in and out of the courtroom — from seeking monetary redress for infringement, to securing court orders preventing the disclosure or misappropriation of your intellectual assets.

Our IP practice group has experience in the following areas:

  • Copyright
  • E-Business
  • Licensing
  • Patent Litigation
  • Technology
  • Trademark
  • Trade Secrets
  • Unfair Competition

Trusts & Estates

Business owners, entrepreneurs and executives each need sound legal strategies to protect their assets and plan for their family’s future.

Every client is unique and their legal documents should reflect their individual needs. Yet each has the same ultimate goal – to develop the best possible plan for protecting their family today and in the future. At Cantey Hanger, we provide a custom product for each and every client, tailoring our services to fit our clients’ unique personal and business situations.

The attorneys within Cantey Hanger’s Estate Planning & Probate practice are seasoned professionals with proven legal skills, complemented by their business and financial backgrounds. Our attorneys have a wealth of experience and a diversity of backgrounds to draw upon, including roles within international accounting firms, federal tax courts, universities and Fortune 100 companies. As a team, we have the ability to structure and implement a variety of wealth formation and protection transactions and devices, as well as to effectively facilitate dispute resolution.

Cantey Hanger attorneys are experienced in a wide variety of estate planning and probate matters including:

  • Asset Protection and Wealth Preservation
  • Business Entity Formation
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charitable Organizations
  • Employee Benefit Planning and Design
  • ERISA Reporting and Compliance
  • Federal Tax Controversies
  • Guardianships
  • International Trusts
  • Pre and Post Marital Planning
  • Probate and Probate Litigation
  • Taxation (Individuals and Businesses)
  • Trusts
  • Wills (Simple and Complex Estates)

Our attorneys counsel and appear in court on behalf of an array of clients, from high-wealth, multi-generational families to individual entrepreneurs. We are experienced in guiding clients throughout the entire wealth continuum, from the “shoestring” start-up and organization phase through significant wealth creating exit strategies. Cantey Hanger works with clients to proactively identify potential areas of risk or controversy, and to develop the most effective solutions for addressing their individual circumstances and reaching their goal.


Cantey Hanger’s Transportation Law section represents a broad cross-section of transportation clients who face numerous legal challenges in the course of their daily operations. Because our attorneys have a tremendous range of experience and such diverse backgrounds, the firm is able to assist transport clients with essentially all of their legal matters, including personal injury claims, employment and labor disputes, corporate and business transactions and safety and regulatory matters. In addition to providing our clients high quality legal representation in a variety of areas, we assist our transportation clients in compliance with the many Federal and state rules and laws that regulate the industry. Cantey Hanger’s clients include public and private transportation companies and common carriers, such as:

  • Commercial Trucking Companies
  • National Auto Rental Companies
  • Commercial Bus Lines
  • Cargo and Passenger Train Operations
  • Commercial Air Carriers
  • Airport Facilities

Cantey Hanger attorneys have significant practice experience in:

  • Tractor Trailer & Truck Accidents
  • Premises Liability Claims
  • Nonsubscriber Claims
  • Employment Claims
  • Federal Motor Carrier Regulations Matters
  • Commercial Issues and Disputes
  • Contract Disputes
  • Drafting of Trucking and Transport Documents


Individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations each face unique taxation issues that require strategic planning and proactive resolution of controversies.

The Taxation practice of Cantey Hanger LLP constitutes one of largest and most experienced planning and dispute resolution groups in Texas. Our seasoned team of attorneys is highly experienced in all aspects of estate, gift and income taxation. We have proven legal skills, complemented by a diversity of business and financial backgrounds, including roles within international accounting firms, federal tax courts, universities and Fortune 100 companies.

We provide relevant, timely guidance to clients with regard to individual, business and estate tax planning. When controversies arise, we swiftly and effectively advocate our clients’ causes before state and federal taxing authorities. We often collaborate with our colleagues in the firm’s business law and corporate/securities practices to address business issues related to taxes, including capital formation, business transactions, compensation plans, and business organization and reorganization. We also work closely with Cantey Hanger’s Public & Regulatory practice to represent our clients’ interests before state and federal law makers, and to track and interpret tax legislation and rules. Recently, Cantey Hanger attorneys have developed an intricate understanding of the significance of the new Texas Margin Tax, and its potential impact upon countless business owners and professionals.

Specifically, Cantey Hanger has deep practice experience in:

  • Business Structuring / Re-structuring Tax Matters
  • Corporate Tax Matters
  • Estate and Gift Tax Planning
  • Federal Administrative and Judicial Controversies
  • Individual Income Tax
  • IRS Audits
  • Partnership Income Tax
  • Securing Tax Exempt Status of Charitable Entities
  • State Administrative and Judicial Controversies

Cantey Hanger attorneys counsel with an impressive array of both closely held and publicly held entities; for-profit and non-profit organizations; and high-wealth individuals and families. We represent a spectrum of clients, from start-ups to publicly held international companies, in many industries, including:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Natural Resources/Energy
  • Technology
  • Insurance
  • Media
  • Professional Services
  • Transportation


Cantey Hanger has a history of representing School Districts through decades of complex school law issues. Today’s issues call for innovative counsel to deal with urban, suburban and rural schools.

Cantey Hanger attorneys bring decades of experience to assist in counseling their school law clients.

An ounce of prevention in the education industry is often worth more than spending tax dollars on a cure. Our work with school districts involves analysis and negotiation to resolve expensive future disputes. Cantey Hanger attorneys have served as former classroom teachers, outside general counsel and sat on and led governing boards, giving them an understand the proper focus for our education clients as they manage risks.

Whether a school district needs to negotiate administrator contracts, review Chapter 21 contract employees, negotiate for land purchases or oil and gas leases, investigate civil rights allegations or counsel on the next bond issuance, Cantey Hanger attorneys are seasoned by years of experience not only in the boardroom, but also in the courtroom to support the needs of our superintendent, administrator and school district clients.

Cantey Hanger attorneys are experienced in a wide array of school law issues, including:

  • Trustee/Superintendent Representation
  • Contract disputes
  • Grievances
  • Contract Terminations
  • Educator Evaluations
  • Educator/Administrator Certification Training
  • School Site Development
  • Employment
  • Bonds
  • Litigation


It’s not just who you know. It’s what you know—and how you do your business.

When it comes to solving client problems in the legislative or regulatory arenas, the lawyers in the Public & Regulatory practice of Cantey Hanger LLP can pick up the phone and call the right people. But simply having contacts is not enough in today’s political environment. To be effective and successful in a legislative or regulatory matter, you have to know the law, the public policy implications of changing the law, and the process involved in reaching the client’s objective.

Cantey Hanger’s combination of legal, political and public affairs expertise is unusual among firms with more focused lobbying capabilities. We can provide a full spectrum of client services with respect to public policy in an integrated, cost-effective manner. This package of services includes the inhouse capability to coordinate legal, political, media relations and public affairs through a unique relationship with a public affairs partnership. Sometimes “damage control” is just as important as doing something proactive, and we can help with both.

Cantey Hanger’s Public & Regulatory practice represents clients before the Texas Legislature and administrative agencies, as well as local, county and federal government agencies. Our team possesses more than 140 years of collective experience at all levels of government—federal, state, and local—and has longstanding relationships on both sides of the political aisle. We can tackle client problems on multiple fronts at the same time at a reasonable cost, without the necessity of calling in outside resources.

Our team has substantial expertise in the following industries and issues:

  • Education
  • Environmental
  • Financial Institutions
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Natural Resources/Energy
  • Public Finance
  • State & Local Taxation
  • Tort Liability
  • Workers Compensation

Cantey Hanger has the necessary resources to devote full time attention to meeting each client’s needs. Our strict adherence to conflict-of-interest standards assures that we can zealously represent our clients’ interests. What’s more, when needed, we can draw from a pool of colleagues within our firm that is deep with both experience and talent.

Our long history as a homegrown Texas law firm with strong ties to the Texas business, governmental, and legal communities has generated an immense fund of goodwill across the state. The firm is widely known and deeply respected for its commitment to a high quality, principled, and ethical practice.

OSHA Defense

Cantey Hanger’s OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) attorneys are well versed in all aspects of OSHA law. We offer assistance to employers with regard to all safety and health issues under the law including citations and compliance.


Employers of all sizes and in all industries today face challenges in Texas and across the nation.

The attorneys within Cantey Hanger’s employment and labor law practice work hand-inhand with clients to address the complex legal relationship between an employer and its employees.

Our attorneys draw from a remarkable depth of experience to proactively help clients avoid problems in the employment arena, and to effectively arbitrate, settle or litigate issues that do arise. In fact, some of Cantey Hanger’s attorneys have spent their entire careers focusing almost exclusively on employment and labor law. We work diligently with employers to build safe environments and thorough procedures that benefit both the organization and their employees.

Cantey Hanger attorneys represent and counsel with management on a wide variety of essential employment and labor law matters such as:

  • Discrimination based on prohibited factors such as gender, race, age, and disability
  • Wage and hour requirements (Fair Labor Standards Act)
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Worker’s compensation and related matters, such as retaliation
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Large layoffs and plant closings (WARN Act)
  • Drug testing
  • Safe working conditions (OSHA)
  • Union organizing and threatened or actual strikes (National Labor Relations Act)
  • Unfair labor practice charges
  • Labor arbitration
  • Employee handbooks and work rules
  • ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act)
  • Unemployment compensation of former employees

Cantey Hanger attorneys counsel with and appear in court on behalf of an impressive array of clients in the public and private sectors, both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. We are experienced in representing clients within the following industries:

  • Charitable organizations
  • Financial institutions
  • Food and beverage
  • Governmental entities
  • Health care

Health Law

Cantey Hanger handles a full spectrum of health related legal matters, including civil litigation, administrative litigation, transactional health care, and statutory and regulatory compliance.

The firm has a long history of representation of physicians, hospitals, nurses, nursing homes, and other health care providers in medical negligence lawsuits. The firm also handles mass tort, drug liability, and medical device liability litigation. Our health care liability team incorporates knowledge of statutory and common law authorities with medical and nursing concepts to provide a comprehensive defense to our health care clients in civil claims and lawsuits.

Cantey Hanger represents physicians in contested proceedings and license revocation hearings before the Texas Medical Board, as well as nurses before the Texas Board of Nursing and other providers before their respective boards in Austin. Firm attorneys have comprehensive knowledge and experience in the practice of administrative litigation before multiple health care regulatory boards in Austin, including litigation before the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Cantey Hanger’s transactional attorneys frequently represent health care clients in connection with a variety of business transactions. Matters regularly handled by these attorneys include entity formation and capitalization, private placements, recapitalizations, financings and re-financings, acquisitions, dispositions, and other liquidity transactions. The firm also prepares and negotiates contracts for physicians and other providers and their employers.

Cantey Hanger advises hospitals and other health care entities regarding credentialing and peer review matters. In addition, Cantey Hanger regularly consults with health care clients in connection with various laws and rules, including HIPAA, the STARK law, the False Claims Act, and both the federal and state Anti-Kickback rules. The firm has decades of experience in providing hospitals, physicians, and physician groups clear and straightforward answers to the complex issues that arise in today’s regulatory climate.

Environmental Law

Cantey Hanger’s combination of legal and political expertise is unusual among law firms. We help our clients with their environmental issues, not only in the courtroom, but also within the state and federal agencies, and at the Texas Capitol. We have credibility and strong contacts within EPA, TCEQ, and the Texas legislature.

Our environmental attorneys have extensive experience in defending clients against civil and criminal enforcement actions brought by EPA, OSHA, and TCEQ, and in environmental lawsuits. We have negotiated and structured scores of complex commercial transactions, conducted internal investigations, and pursued environmental insurance coverage. Our team includes attorneys with expertise in:

  • Agency Enforcement Proceedings
  • Asbestos and Toxic Tort Defense
  • Attorney-Client Privileged EH&S Audits
  • Brownfield Redevelopment:
    • Voluntary Cleanup Program
    • Innocent Owner/Operator Purchaser
    • Municipal Setting Designations
  • CERCLA and RCRA actions
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Greenhouse Gas Issues
  • Litigation between private parties
  • Oil and Gas Due Diligence and Compliance Issues
  • OSHA Citations
  • Permitting
  • Storm Water
  • Toxic Tort Defense
  • Wastewater Discharge Issues
  • Water Rights (surface and groundwater)

Cantey Hanger’s environmental attorneys have counseled clients in the following industries, among others:

  • Aerospace
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Engineers & Consultants
  • Food & Beverage
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation