Michael L. Weems


Michael Weems

Associate

t: 713.328.2822
f: 713.351.0322
e: mweems@hwa.com

Practice Areas

 

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Michael joined Hughes Watters Askanase in June 2012 to support the Firm’s Default Servicing Practice Area.   The Firm’s reputation for excellence and quality along with opportunities to develop professionally in the practice of bankruptcy law and creditors’ rights were key factors that led Michael to join the HWA legal team. 

Michael is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for Consumer Bankruptcy Law.  He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2008. He is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Courts of Texas (Southern, Western, Northern and Eastern).  He also is licensed to practice in the U.S. Tax Court.

Before joining HWA, Michael worked as a bankruptcy attorney with Shapiro Schwartz, L.L.P. where he represented mortgage servicers and mortgage companies in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings. Before that, he was debtor’s counsel and represented debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings. Michael has been a licensed insurance agent in Texas since 1997.  He completed undergraduate university and law school classes while working as an agent with Allstate Insurance.

CLIENT EXPERIENCE

Michael focuses his practice on representing the needs and interests of borrowers, working with debtors and their counsel to address issues that may arise and create a positive outcome for his clients and safeguarding his clients from abusive or frivolous filings.  He also has successfully filed for dismissal with prejudice against repeat filers, objected to extensions of the automatic stay on repeat cases when appropriate, and sought and obtained in rem relief from the automatic stay as appropriate.

Michael also has experience handling objections to claims, notices of payment change and general defense of motions to enforce and adversary proceedings brought by debtors.

Some of Michael’s representative cases include: 

  • As Debtor’s counsel:  Adversary on violation of automatic stay – vehicle.  See In re Gay, S.D. TX 10-37186, adversary 10-3400.
  • As Creditor’s counsel:  Acquiring stay relief and subsequent dismissal of Debtor’s case w/ prejudice for bad faith filings.  See In re Kelly, S.D. TX 11-34708.
  • Objection to the extension of the automatic stay in repeat filings.  See In re Bradley, S.D. TX 11-40242 and In re Medina, S.D. TX 12-30099.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, University of Houston, 2004
  • Juris Doctorate, South Texas College of Law, 2007 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member, Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • Member, Texas Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Gulf Coast Honor Society, 2002
  • Recipient of George R. Brown Scholarship, 2002 through 2004
  • Corporate Counsel Review, Associate Editor, 2006
  • Guest attorney judge, 2012 Elliot Cup Competition, New Orleans, Louisiana

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

When Michael isn’t practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He and his family reside in the Pearland suburb of Houston.  Michael is also a “hobby author” with two novels published to date, both Southern fiction and one of which has gone on to be a Top 10 bestseller on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble in the ghost stories selections.  He also enjoys auction hunting with his wife. 

Aaron J. Espinoza


Aaron J. Espinoza

Associate

t: 713.328.2895
f: 713.759.6834
e: aespinoza@hwa.com

Practice Areas

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Aaron primarily practices in the areas of commercial finance, transactions and real estate law, and business planning and strategy, with a special focus on investors, entrepreneurs, startups and small to mid-sized businesses. He has represented clients in multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions, complex commercial credit facility structuring and negotiation, business formation and governance, corporate transactions, private placements of securities and a multitude of other business-related matters. With his knowledge of the new state and federal rules that govern regulation crowdfunding (raising capital from the general public), Aaron is also positioned to represent clients in securing capital for their businesses by utilizing this contemporary method and to advise crowdfunding platforms on compliance and operational issues.

Prior to attending law school and joining HWA, Aaron was an Investment Analyst for over two years at AllianceBernstein, LP, a multi-national investment research and management firm, in its San Antonio, Texas operational office. At AllianceBernstein, he was responsible for implementing and maintaining investment strategies in the firm’s Separately Managed Accounts division, which frequently involved precise and swift execution of large equity and fixed-income trade orders based on the firm’s proprietary research.

CLIENT EXPERIENCE

As part of his practice, Aaron routinely represents financial institutions in connection with the structuring, due diligence, negotiation and closing of commercial real estate transactions and commercial loans, including acquisition loans, construction loans, development loans and other commercial lending transactions.

He also represents business owners, real estate investors and developers, and small to mid-sized companies in connection with the acquisition, development, construction, leasing and/or disposition of commercial real estate, personal property assets and related financing transactions thereof, such as commercial loans, securities offerings and mezzanine financing.

Aaron has also represented various mortgage servicers, credit unions and other lien holders in collections and foreclosures of consumer and commercial debts and in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings.

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, 2013
  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2009 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)

  • Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers (HAYBL)

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Evidence (Highest Grade)

HOBBIES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS

Aaron enjoys playing golf, avidly supporting his favorite sports teams, listening to live music and traveling with his wife, Sam. He also enjoys keeping up-to-date with the securities and real estate markets.

Aaron J. Espinoza


Aaron J. Espinoza

Associate

t: 713.328.2895
f: 713.759.6834
e: aespinoza@hwa.com

Practice Areas

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Aaron primarily practices in the areas of commercial finance, transactions and real estate law, and business planning and strategy, with a special focus on investors, entrepreneurs, startups and small to mid-sized businesses. He has represented clients in multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions, complex commercial credit facility structuring and negotiation, business formation and governance, corporate transactions, private placements of securities and a multitude of other business-related matters. With his knowledge of the new state and federal rules that govern regulation crowdfunding (raising capital from the general public), Aaron is also positioned to represent clients in securing capital for their businesses by utilizing this contemporary method and to advise crowdfunding platforms on compliance and operational issues.

Prior to attending law school and joining HWA, Aaron was an Investment Analyst for over two years at AllianceBernstein, LP, a multi-national investment research and management firm, in its San Antonio, Texas operational office. At AllianceBernstein, he was responsible for implementing and maintaining investment strategies in the firm’s Separately Managed Accounts division, which frequently involved precise and swift execution of large equity and fixed-income trade orders based on the firm’s proprietary research.

CLIENT EXPERIENCE

As part of his practice, Aaron routinely represents financial institutions in connection with the structuring, due diligence, negotiation and closing of commercial real estate transactions and commercial loans, including acquisition loans, construction loans, development loans and other commercial lending transactions.

He also represents business owners, real estate investors and developers, and small to mid-sized companies in connection with the acquisition, development, construction, leasing and/or disposition of commercial real estate, personal property assets and related financing transactions thereof, such as commercial loans, securities offerings and mezzanine financing.

Aaron has also represented various mortgage servicers, credit unions and other lien holders in collections and foreclosures of consumer and commercial debts and in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings.

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, 2013
  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2009 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)

  • Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers (HAYBL)

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Evidence (Highest Grade)

HOBBIES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS

Aaron enjoys playing golf, avidly supporting his favorite sports teams, listening to live music and traveling with his wife, Sam. He also enjoys keeping up-to-date with the securities and real estate markets.

Aaron J. Espinoza


Aaron J. Espinoza

Associate

t: 713.328.2895
f: 713.759.6834
e: aespinoza@hwa.com

Practice Areas

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Aaron primarily practices in the areas of commercial finance, transactions and real estate law, and business planning and strategy, with a special focus on investors, entrepreneurs, startups and small to mid-sized businesses. He has represented clients in multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions, complex commercial credit facility structuring and negotiation, business formation and governance, corporate transactions, private placements of securities and a multitude of other business-related matters. With his knowledge of the new state and federal rules that govern regulation crowdfunding (raising capital from the general public), Aaron is also positioned to represent clients in securing capital for their businesses by utilizing this contemporary method and to advise crowdfunding platforms on compliance and operational issues.

Prior to attending law school and joining HWA, Aaron was an Investment Analyst for over two years at AllianceBernstein, LP, a multi-national investment research and management firm, in its San Antonio, Texas operational office. At AllianceBernstein, he was responsible for implementing and maintaining investment strategies in the firm’s Separately Managed Accounts division, which frequently involved precise and swift execution of large equity and fixed-income trade orders based on the firm’s proprietary research.

CLIENT EXPERIENCE

As part of his practice, Aaron routinely represents financial institutions in connection with the structuring, due diligence, negotiation and closing of commercial real estate transactions and commercial loans, including acquisition loans, construction loans, development loans and other commercial lending transactions.

He also represents business owners, real estate investors and developers, and small to mid-sized companies in connection with the acquisition, development, construction, leasing and/or disposition of commercial real estate, personal property assets and related financing transactions thereof, such as commercial loans, securities offerings and mezzanine financing.

Aaron has also represented various mortgage servicers, credit unions and other lien holders in collections and foreclosures of consumer and commercial debts and in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings.

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, 2013
  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2009 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)

  • Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers (HAYBL)

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Evidence (Highest Grade)

HOBBIES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS

Aaron enjoys playing golf, avidly supporting his favorite sports teams, listening to live music and traveling with his wife, Sam. He also enjoys keeping up-to-date with the securities and real estate markets.

Aaron J. Espinoza


Aaron J. Espinoza

Associate

t: 713.328.2895
f: 713.759.6834
e: aespinoza@hwa.com

Practice Areas

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Aaron primarily practices in the areas of commercial finance, transactions and real estate law, and business planning and strategy, with a special focus on investors, entrepreneurs, startups and small to mid-sized businesses. He has represented clients in multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions, complex commercial credit facility structuring and negotiation, business formation and governance, corporate transactions, private placements of securities and a multitude of other business-related matters. With his knowledge of the new state and federal rules that govern regulation crowdfunding (raising capital from the general public), Aaron is also positioned to represent clients in securing capital for their businesses by utilizing this contemporary method and to advise crowdfunding platforms on compliance and operational issues.

Prior to attending law school and joining HWA, Aaron was an Investment Analyst for over two years at AllianceBernstein, LP, a multi-national investment research and management firm, in its San Antonio, Texas operational office. At AllianceBernstein, he was responsible for implementing and maintaining investment strategies in the firm’s Separately Managed Accounts division, which frequently involved precise and swift execution of large equity and fixed-income trade orders based on the firm’s proprietary research.

CLIENT EXPERIENCE

As part of his practice, Aaron routinely represents financial institutions in connection with the structuring, due diligence, negotiation and closing of commercial real estate transactions and commercial loans, including acquisition loans, construction loans, development loans and other commercial lending transactions.

He also represents business owners, real estate investors and developers, and small to mid-sized companies in connection with the acquisition, development, construction, leasing and/or disposition of commercial real estate, personal property assets and related financing transactions thereof, such as commercial loans, securities offerings and mezzanine financing.

Aaron has also represented various mortgage servicers, credit unions and other lien holders in collections and foreclosures of consumer and commercial debts and in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings.

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, 2013
  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2009 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)

  • Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers (HAYBL)

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Evidence (Highest Grade)

HOBBIES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS

Aaron enjoys playing golf, avidly supporting his favorite sports teams, listening to live music and traveling with his wife, Sam. He also enjoys keeping up-to-date with the securities and real estate markets.