The global law firm Jones Day announces that Michaela C. Crocker has joined its Dallas Office as of counsel in the Firm's Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice.

Ms. Crocker comes to Jones Day after serving as a career law clerk to the Honorable Barbara J. Houser, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Texas, where she assisted in all aspects of hearing and trial preparation, including the preparation of memoranda, attending contested hearings and trials, consulting with the court on outstanding rulings, and drafting opinions, orders, and judgments.

"Michaela has an impressive knowledge of the federal court bankruptcy process and more than a decade of experience in private practice. Her extensive understanding of corporate restructuring will be of significant help to clients who are reviewing their restructuring options," said Bruce Bennett, who leads Jones Day's global Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice.

In private practice, Ms. Crocker has assisted with chapter 11 plans of reorganization, and with liquidations for large retailers, energy, electrical, and telecommunications companies.

"Michaela's experience with, and deep understanding of, the legal issues facing financially distressed entities will make her a valuable resource to Jones Day clients in Texas and other jurisdictions served by the Firm," said Hilda Galvan, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Dallas Office. "She is a great addition to what is already a very successful team in Dallas, and we are enthusiastic about her addition to the Firm."

A member of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas, Ms. Crocker has written extensively, and addressed a number of professional forums, on matters relating to bankruptcy and restructuring law.