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Roderick Glen Ayers



San Antonio


  • Clemson University, B.A., 1969 with Honors (History)
  • University of North Carolina, MA., 1971
    • Woodrow Wilson Fellow (History)
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1975
    • Summa Cum Laude; Law Review, Research Editor 1973 – 1975
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 1979

Bar Admission

  • The State of Texas, 1975
  • United States District Court Northern District of Texas, 1975
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1976
  • United States District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1979
  • United States District Court Southern District of Texas, 1984
  • United States District Court Western District of Texas, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, 1988
  • United States District Court of the District of Columbia, 1992
  • United States District Court District of Maryland, 1993
  • District of Columbia, 1993

About Roderick Glen Ayers

R. Glen Ayers is a bankruptcy lawyer who also represents clients in related areas, including secured transactions, state court receiverships, and commercial transactions. He frequently litigates in the federal bankruptcy courts and state courts, and has represented debtors in all chapters, including Chapter 9, creditors, committees and other parties in interest in very large and small cases. His bankruptcy practice is not confined to Texas, and he has represented clients in Ohio, California, Delaware, Maryland, The District of Columbia, and a number of other states. Mr. Ayers also acts as an arbitrator in domain name disputes under the ICANN domain name policies.

Mr. Ayers served as United States Bankruptcy Judge, Western District of Texas, from 1985 until 1988, and was Chief Judge from 1986 until 1988. When appointed to the bench, he was a professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. Mr. Ayers had previously served on the faculty of the Law School at The University of Mississippi and as a visiting Assistant Professor of History at Coastal Carolina College. Prior to attending law school, he served as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army from 1971-1972 and the South Carolina National Guard from 1972-1974.

Mr. Ayers has been listed in Woodward/White, Inc.’s “The Best Lawyers in America”  for Bankruptcy Litigation since 1995 and has been listed as a Thomson Reuters “Texas Super Lawyer” from 2003 to the present. He is AV ® Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. From 1983 until 1985, Mr. Ayers served as one of the original examiners for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization exam in bankruptcy. He is the author of numerous articles on bankruptcy and related subjects and frequently lectures on those subjects.  In November, 2013, Mr. Ayers received the San Antonio Business Journal’s Outstanding Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded annually to an attorney who has made a tremendous impact on the San Antonio legal community. 


  • Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy Litigation, 1995 – present (published by Woodward/White)
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Bankruptcy, 2003 – present (published by Thomson Reuters)


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1986 – Present
  • Member and Research Fellow, Center for American and International Law
  • Member, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judge
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • American Law Institute

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Cases & Publications

Representative Cases

Jordan and Nobles Constr. Co. v. Orah Wall Fin. Corp. (In re Orah Wall Fin. Corp.), 84 B.R. 442 (Bankr. W.D. Tex. 1986)
In Re Abramoff, 92 B.R. 698 (U.S. Bankr. Ct. W.D. Tex. 1988)
In Re Smyth, 207 F.3d 758 (5th Cir. 2000)

Published Works

Commencing a Case Under the Bankruptcy Reform Act, 51 Miss. L. Rev. 639 (1981)
Reforming the Reform Act, 17 New Eng. L. Rev. 719 (1982)
Beyond Truth in Lending, 16 St. Mary’s L. J. 329 (1985)
Contributing Author, Collier on Bankruptcy, 15th Ed., Matthew Bender (1996)
Contributing Author, Debtor Creditor Law, Matthew Bender (1992)
Contributing Author, Commercial Law & Prac. Guide, Matthew Bender (1993)
Numerous CLE presentations for the University of Texas Law School, St. Bar of Texas, and other Bar organizations as well as CPE presentations for various CPA groups.

Personal Information

R. Glen Ayers married Jan Miller Oldham in 1972. They have two children, one lives in California and one in Tennessee. Both Mr. Ayers and Mrs. Ayers are active in their church and are supporters of the Witte Museum of San Antonio. Jan Ayers is a potter and substitute school teacher.