Russell L. Munsch

Austin, Dallas


303 Colorado Street
Suite 2600
Austin, TX 78701-3924

O: 512.391.6100
D: 512.391.6104

Russ is one of the firm's founding partners. He has served as the firm's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the firm's Management Committee. His experience relates to all phases of creditors rights, insolvency, bankruptcy and commercial law. His primary emphasis during the last several years has been in the representation of major creditors, bank groups and financial institutions in large loan workouts, restructures and bankruptcies. Russ represents trustees and creditors committees in cases throughout the country and has also served as trustee and examiner in cases in Texas.

Some of the more notable cases on which Russ has worked include Enron Corporation, Coho Energy Corporation, Northwest Airlines, Dow Corning Corporation, Anchor Glass Corporation, Fruehauf Trailer Corporation, The Southland Corporation, Columbia Gas Transmission Company, Lomas Financial Corporation and AmeriTruck Refrigerated Transport. Russ also served as bankruptcy counsel to Nelson Bunker Hunt. The Nelson Bunker Hunt Chapter 11 proceeding is considered the largest personal bankruptcy proceeding in history and involved over $2 billion in disputed creditor claims.


  • Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin

    Graduated magna cum laude

  • Juris Doctor from University of Houston Law Center

    Graduated cum laude


  • Best Lawyers in America, Texas' Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Bankruptcy Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2014-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year", Woodward/White, Inc., 2017
  • Selected by Expert Guides, Legal Media Group: Guide to the World's Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Lawyers in the Insolvency and Restructuring 2013, United States
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Texas, Chambers USA, 2015-2016
  • Who's Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency, Law Business Research Limited, 2017


  • Texas
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court

  • American Bar Association, Business Bankruptcy Section
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member, Frequent Speaker
  • Austin Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Law Section, Planning Committee for the Advanced Business Bankruptcy Course


May 2015
Munsch Hardt Turns 30 and has a Story to Tell Mark Curriden

Texas Lawbook

May 2015
At 30, Munsch Hardt law firm looks to middle market to grow Bill Hethcock, Dallas Business Journal