Press Release

Wayne Kitchens and Janet Northrup of Hughes Watters Askanase
To Speak at the First South Texas Bench/Bar Conference in Laredo, Texas

HOUSTON (April 24, 2009) - Wayne Kitchens and Janet Northrup of Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. ( have been chosen as speakers for the First South Texas Bench/Bar Conference on Small Business and Consumer Bankruptcy April 30 - May 1, 2009 in Laredo, Texas.  The conference is sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section of the Laredo Webb County Bar Association and the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Kitchens, co-managing partner at HWA, will serve on a panel highlighting "Chapter 11 Confirmation Issues and How to Avoid the Appointment of a Chapter 11 Trustee or Conversion of the Chapter 11 Case."  His fellow panel members include The Honorable Wesley Steen, Chief Judge, and The Honorable Marvin Isgur, Judge, both of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston; and Nancy Ratchford with the U.S. Trustee's Office in San Antonio, Texas.  

Kitchens was asked to speak by Fernando Gutierrez, course director for the Bench/Bar Conference, because of his reputation and experience as a business bankruptcy practitioner.

Janet Northrup is speaking May 1 on the topic of "The Minefield of Interpretation-Recent Sanctions Decisions." She has spoken on this topic at several bankruptcy conferences this year. 

"Many legal practitioners are interested in this conference because they want to avoid being on the receiving end of a sanctions order," Northrup commented. "There also has been a lot of activity in this area by the courts both across the country and in the Southern District of Texas. The cases covered in my paper and presentation provide general guidelines and fact situations that create the situations that give rise to the implementation of this authority." 

Northrup was asked to speak by Gutierrez because of her extensive experience in consumer bankruptcy and work as a Chapter 7 Trustee for over 20 years.

About Wayne Kitchens

Kitchens, who joined HWA in 1988, represents corporations and individuals in reorganizations, liquidations, and workouts. He is especially active in representing bankruptcy trustees and entities buying and selling assets in bankruptcy cases. He also represents creditors' committees in Chapter 11 cases. He has authored numerous articles on bankruptcy and creditors' rights and is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars. Kitchens has been named one of Houston's Best Lawyers by H-Texas Magazine and a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Texas Monthly magazines for 2003-2008. He has been certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1991. Kitchens is one of three HWA attorneys who will be included in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  For a full biographical profile on Wayne Kitchens, please visit

About Jan Northrup

Northrup, who joined HWA in 2007 as of counsel, is recognized as one of the top consumer bankruptcy experts in Texas. Northrup has more than 25 years of experience as a licensed and practicing attorney.  She has been named a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines. She is certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been a Chapter 7 Trustee for the Southern District of Texas since 1986.  With her extensive experience, Northrup has earned a solid reputation as an accomplished presenter and exceptional Chapter 7 Trustee and debtor's attorney.  For a full profile on Janet Northrup, please visit

The Bench/Bar Conference is geared toward both debtor and creditor bankruptcy attorneys, as well as collection and general civil practice attorneys.  The course is approved for 11.25 hours of MCLE, including 1.75 hours of ethics credits.  For more information and to register: go to

About Hughes Watters Askanase

For more than 31 years, Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. has helped business organizations, financial institutions and individuals succeed with their business endeavors. The firm's attorneys play a strategic role and support clients through every stage of existence and operation, from formation to liquidation. The practice focuses on the various interrelated areas which provide the greatest opportunities and most challenging obstacles: banking and credit union representation, business bankruptcy, business planning and strategy, default servicing, real estate and finance, consumer financial services, commercial litigation, and wills and probate.  For more information on Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P., please visit

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