Melissa Hayward

Firm: Hayward & Associates PLLC,
Location: Dallas - TX

  • Chase Bank Building
    10501 N. Central Expressway, Suite 106
    Dallas, Texas 75231
  • Tel : 972-755-7100
  • Fax : 972-755-7110

Melissa S. Hayward has extensive experience assisting clients in complex bankruptcy proceedings and commercial litigation.  With an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and named a Texas Rising Star by Texas Monthly magazine in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, Ms. Hayward specializes in complex corporate reorganizations and debt restructurings.  Ms. Hayward has represented dozens of commercial debtors in complex Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings throughout Texas, including hospitals, retail operators, shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, construction companies, land developers, restaurants, and a market and tradeshow center.  Ms. Hayward has also represented lenders, mortgage servicers, high profile Forbes 100 companies, internet registrants, Chapter 7 and 11 Trustees, commercial landlords, national football teams, creditors’ committees, employees, and various other creditors with respect to a wide variety of bankruptcy and litigation issues.  Ms. Hayward has significant experience in prosecuting and defending federal appeals, preference and fraudulent transfer avoidance actions, and fiduciary litigation in federal and state court.


In re FPMC Fort Worth Realty Partners, LP; 15-44791-MXM-11 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2015)
Confirmed Chapter 11 plan as counsel for debtor-in-possession retailer specializing in running and fitness apparel and footwear with multiple Class A shopping center locations throughout Texas.In re Luke’s Locker Incorporated, et. al.; 17-40126-BTR-11 (Bankr. E.D. Tex. 2017)

Counsel for debtor-in-possession owner of the Forest Park Medical Center at Fort Worth facilities.  Provided full return to creditors and equity owners through $117.5 million §363 auction of hospital to Texas Health Resources.

In re Forest Park Realty Partners III, LP, et. al.; 15-34814-SGJ-11 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2015)

Counsel for debtor-in-possession owner of the Forest Park Medical Center at Dallas facilities.  Provided full return to creditors and equity owners through $135 million §363 sale of hospital to Hospital Corporation of America.

In re WholeLife Properties, LLC; 16-42274-MXM-11 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2016)

Counsel for debtor-in-possession owner of Craig Ranch development located in McKinney Texas.

In re Denver Merchandise Mart Inc., et. al.; 11-31615-BJH-11 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2011)

Counsel for debtor-in-possession owner of wholesale market and tradeshow center; successfully restructured the debts and obligations through highly contested cram down proceeding and obtained significant affirmance by Fifth Circuit in appeal of bankruptcy court’s disallowance of multi-million dollar yield maintenance premium.

In re Midvale Lodging LLC; Case No. 13-40875-BTR-11 (Bank. N.D. Tex. 2013)

Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of a Best Western hotel in Midvale, Utah; obtained full return to all unsecured creditors through confirmed Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization.

In re Broadband Specialists, Inc.; Case No. 14-33038-HDH-11 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2014)

Counsel for debtor-in-possession underground utility contractor specializing in installing fiber optic cables.  Successfully confirmed Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

Hayward & Associates PLLC

When it comes to business bankruptcy, many questions arise. What are your options as a debtor? What are your rights as a creditor? What kinds of results can you expect?

At Hayward & Associates PLLC our attorneys concentrate on insolvency, bankruptcy, and business reorganization. Combining depth of experience with operational agility, Hayward & Associates represents debtors, creditors, trustees, committees and others in a wide variety of complex bankruptcy proceedings and commercial litigation.

Committed to the highest quality of legal representation and with decades of combined business bankruptcy and commercial litigation experience, our attorneys will accurately assess your debt resolution needs and go to work to achieve the optimal results.