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Attorneys Randall A. Rios and Robin Phillips Join Hughes Watters Askanase to Support Business Bankruptcy and Real Estate Practice Groups, Respectively

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Randall A. Rios and Robin Phillips have recently joined Hughes Watters Askanase, L.L.P. As Senior Counsel, Rios brings more than 25 years of legal experience to the firm’s highly respected Business Bankruptcy Practice Group led by Wayne Kitchens. As Senior Counsel with more than 30 years of experience, Phillips supports the firm’s growing Real Estate and Real Estate Finance Practice Group led by Gary Gunn.

“Randy Rios and I have been good friends for many years. When the opportunity arose for him to join HWA, we jumped at the chance. As one of the best restructuring and insolvency practitioners in the state, he is a welcome addition to our Business Bankruptcy Practice Group at HWA. Randy’s amiable character and extensive experience mesh well with the standard of excellence for which our firm and our Business Bankruptcy Practice Group are known. He is extremely ethical, and his work style suits our culture perfectly. I am counting on Randy to support Steve Shurn, me and the rest of our Business Bankruptcy team in accelerating the growth of our practice,” commented Kitchens, co-managing partner for HWA.

Rios is serving in a Senior Counsel role with Hughes Watters Askanase in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights in the firm’s Business Bankruptcy Practice Group. He has established a reputation on a national level for his business bankruptcy experience and the results he achieves for his clients. Rios has been involved in reorganization proceedings for businesses in the oil and gas, chemical, retail, health care, finance and manufacturing industries. He has prosecuted and defended bankruptcy litigation and various types of bankruptcy-related commercial litigation including director, officer and insider liability matters.

Rios has represented clients in all districts of Texas as well as numerous other districts including the District of Delaware, the District of Nevada, the Central and Northern Districts of California, the Southern District of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In addition to representing debtors and creditors, Rios has extensive experience in representing creditors’ committees, landlords, purchasers of distressed assets as well as trustees in numerous reorganization and liquidation bankruptcy cases.

Rios has earned numerous awards and honors during his legal career. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and several bar associations. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing from Texas A & M University and a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law.

Phillips’ practice focuses on all aspects of commercial lending and a full range of real estate transactions such as lease agreements, closings, defaulted loans, and foreclosures. For HWA clients, Phillips primarily provides commercial real estate lending representation on behalf of national and state banking associations with loan transactions typically valued from $1 million to $30 million. He advises and assists clients who lend funds for multi-family projects, income producing properties, and raw land throughout the United States.

“Robin’s depth of experience in commercial real estate and finance transactions is a great asset to our clients. In addition, Robin’s long-standing relationships in Dallas, Fort Worth, Galveston and Houston are extremely beneficial as we continue to broaden the reach of our Real Estate and Real Estate Finance Practice Group throughout Texas,” explained Gunn, who is a co-managing partner for HWA.

Phillips has been practicing law since 1983. He began his legal career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and relocated to Houston in 2013. Phillips earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University, with a concentration in finance and real estate and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Baylor University School of Law.

Full biographical profiles for Rios and Phillips are available at

About Hughes Watters Askanase, L.L.P.

For more than 36 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. The firm’s practice focuses on representation of commercial and consumer lenders, including banks and credit unions; business bankruptcy; business planning and strategy; default servicing; real estate and real estate finance; commercial and consumer financial services litigation; employment law; and wills and probate.

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