Press Release

Carolyn Taylor, Dominique Varner of Hughes Watters Askanase
To Speak at Texas Credit Union League Annual Meeting

HOUSTON (April 17, 2008) - Carolyn Taylor and Dominique Varner, partners with Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P., will be speaking at the Texas Credit Union League (TCUL) 74th Annual Meeting and Convention on April 17 in Houston.

Taylor will address loss mitigation options and pitfalls for mortgage lenders amidst the subprime lending crisis in one session and litigation trends under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Acts and the Fair Credit Reporting and the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Acts in another. Varner will discuss Texas probate law, trust accounts and a credit union's rights and role in administration in a different session.

Taylor and Varner were chosen as speakers because of HWA's reputation in the credit union community and Taylor's 28 years and Varner's 14 years of experience representing credit unions and active participation in the credit union movement.

"We serve so many credit unions that we try to have a presence of some kind at TCUL's annual meeting every year," said Varner. "Although we've presented previously at the local Houston chapter this will be the first time a Hughes Watters Askanase attorney has spoken at the statewide annual meeting. We're looking forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise with the credit unions so they can better understand their rights."

Credit union managers, officers and directors from across Texas go to TCUL's annual meeting to attend educational sessions regarding credit union operations. For more information or to register, please visit

HWA, a full service law firm, is ideally positioned to take on the broad ranging and complex issues faced by credit unions in the current volatile economic and legal fronts.

About Carolyn Taylor

Taylor, who joined HWA in 1994, established the firm's mortgage banking default servicing group. She was instrumental in implementing the internal policies and procedures that enable her team to provide exemplary service and culminated in the selection of HWA to participate in the Freddie Mac Designated Counsel Program (Texas). Taylor is a member of AFN's Legal Services Committee. She has 28 years experience in creditor representation and is certified in both consumer and business bankruptcy law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. For more information, please contact Taylor at or (713) 328-2804.

About Dominique Varner

Varner, who joined HWA in 1995, focuses on creditor's rights, in bankruptcy and probate where she initiates dependent administrations on behalf of secured creditors. Board certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Varner provides guidance and solutions for her creditor clients in a variety of forums. As past president of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, she increased both the size of membership and the scope of the association's participation in community projects and projects serving the bar. Varner can be contacted directly at or (713) 328-2818.

About Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P.

For more than 30 years, Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P., based in Houston, Texas, has utilized its resources, timely action and prompt communication to assist its mortgage banking and financial services clients in their business endeavors. This dedication to quality service is the cornerstone of the firm's unparalleled success. The firm's practice focuses on five interrelated areas that provide the greatest opportunities and most challenging obstacles: business bankruptcy, business planning and strategy, real estate and finance, consumer financial services and commercial litigation. For more information on HWA, please visit


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