John Flowers

John Flowers

Of Counsel
Abilene, Texas

Area of Practice



Bar Admissions

Texas, 1958



University of Texas School of Law
     JD - 1958 - Class rank: 8th

Texas Christian University
     BA - 1956


Employment History

Assistant Attorney General of the State of Texas, 1958 - 1960.  Principal duties were assisting in research for the original action in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the extent of the State of Texas' ownership of the Tidelands oil and gas reserves off the Texas coast.

Partner, Flowers and Flowers, Fort Worth Texas, 1960 - 1972

United States Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Texas, 1972 - 1983

Shareholder, Locke, Purnell, Boren, Laney & Neely (later Locke Purnell Rain Harrell), Dallas, Texas, 1983 - 1991

Law Offices of John Flowers, PC, Dallas, Texas, 1991 - 1998


Judicial Experience

Presided over bankruptcy cases throughout the Northern District of Texas for eleven years, including Braniff Airways (1982), the largest airline bankruptcy at the time.  Numerous decisions reported in the Bankruptcy Reporter.   



"Current Bankruptcy Law Issues Relating to the Oil and Gas Industry," with Neil L. Sobol, Southwestern Legal Foundation, Annual Institute on Oil and Gas and Taxation, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., 1990

"Environmental Issues in Bankruptcy," The University of Texas School of Law, 9th Annual Bankruptcy Conference, 1990

Guest expert on ABC's Nightline in connection with the bankruptcy case of Eastern Airlines, Inc., 1989

"The Right to Trial by Jury in Bankruptcy Proceedings," State Bar of Texas, Advanced Business Bankruptcy Course, 1987

"Bankruptcy Jurisdiction Under the Bankruptcy Amendments and Federal Judgeship Act of 1984," State Bar of Texas, Advanced Business Bankruptcy Course, 1985

"Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law," Bulletin of the Corporate, Banking & Business Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 1980


Past Professional Activities

Member, Board of Advisors of the Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, Callaghan, 1979

Member, Bankruptcy Advisory Commission for the Texas Board on Legal Specialization for the State Bar of Texas, 1980 - 1986

Member, Bankruptcy Transition Advisory Committee to the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, 1981 - 1983 (appointed by Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court), a five-member committee charged with making recommendations to assist in the transition from the Bankruptcy Act to the newly enacted Bankruptcy Code.