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Bankruptcy Basics: The 55-year-old firm’s partners voted to dissolve as of March 15, 2011. Less than a month later, a group of unsecured creditors pushed the firm into involuntary chapter 7 bankruptcy in San Francisco. Despite an initial insistence by Howrey’s dissolution committee and the firm’s Wiley Rein lawyers that the wind down move to the Washington, D.C., area, the West Coast venue stuck. The bankruptcy proceedings were converted to Chapter 11 in June, and in September U.S. bankruptcy judge Dennis Montali ordered that a trustee take control of the case. Texas attorney Allan Diamond, a partner at Diamond McCarthy, assumed that role in early October.

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