The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Eleanor  Gilbane


Eleanor Gilbane has over a decade of experience in the areas of commercial business litigation and business bankruptcy law. Recognized by the Houston Business Journal in 2011 as one of Houston’s Top 40 Under 40 professionals and by Texas Monthly as a Rising Star in 2012 and 2013, Ms. Gilbane has distinguished herself as a successful advocate for clients in bankruptcy, district and appellate courts across the country spanning industries such as energy, telecommunications, construction, insurance and finance.

Ms. Gilbane regularly publishes articles on debtors’ and creditors’ rights and the specifics of the United States Bankruptcy Code. She has played a significant role in some of the largest bankruptcy proceedings in U.S. history, including the bankruptcy proceedings of American Airlines, Lehman Brothers, Enron, Worldcom, Adelphia, General Growth Properties, and SemGroup. Additionally, Ms. Gilbane has participated in numerous appeals of contested matters and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy cases, as well as numerous mediations that resulted in favorable outcomes for her clients.

Ms. Gilbane graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the federal and state courts in New York, Massachusetts and Texas and is admitted in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Ms. Gilbane was previously a litigator with Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in Houston, Texas, Bingham McCutchen LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, New York. Before entering private practice, Ms. Gilbane served as a judicial clerk for Honorable Allan L. Gropper, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Ms. Gilbane is a leader in a wide array of professional and civic organizations. She has participated on several Houston Bar Association committees, including as co-chair of the Gender Fairness Committee in 2009-2010. Ms. Gilbane currently serves on the Board of Directors for Inprint (supporting the Creative Writing Program at University of Houston), and Friends of Women’s Studies for University of Houston. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for KIPP Public Schools and the advisory board for the Theater Under the Stars. She is a member of the Civic Art Committee for the Houston Arts Alliance, the M.D. Anderson-Advance Team, United Way Young Leaders (Houston), the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, the Moller/Foltz Inns of Court for Bankruptcy Practitioners, and the American Bankruptcy Institute, where she plays an active role on the Bankruptcy Litigation Committee.