Press Release

 Dominique Varner and Heather McIntyre of Hughes Watters Askanase

to Present at TexasBarCLE Advanced Civil Trial Courses

HOUSTON, Texas (Aug. 20, 2008) - Dominique Varner and Heather McIntyre of Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P.  ( are serving as speakers and authors for the 31st Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course sponsored by the TexasBarCLE and offered live Aug. 27-29 in Dallas, Sept. 17-19 in San Antonio, and Nov. 12-14 in Houston. The course is also available via video Dec. 10-12.

Varner and McIntyre are included among several attorneys who have been chosen to write papers and deliver presentations for the course. Their topic for the series is "Current Bankruptcy Issues in Civil Trials."  Varner is a partner at HWA who focuses her practice in the Bankruptcy and Consumer Financial Services areas. McIntyre, an associate, supports the Bankruptcy Practice Group at HWA.   

McIntyre will present on Aug. 28. Varner will present on Sept. 18 and Nov. 13. They will be sharing highlights of a 37-page paper that they authored specifically for inclusion in the course. The Varner-McIntyre paper entitled "Current Bankruptcy Issues in Civil Trials" will be published in full and made available to all course attendees.

Varner was asked to present by one of her colleagues who has been involved in the planning of the Advanced Civil Trial Course and who was aware of her experience with bankruptcy law and its effect on bankruptcy litigation.  She engaged McIntyre to assist her with sharing the writing and presentation opportunities for the Dallas portion of the seminar.

"We will direct our comments and perspectives to non-bankruptcy attorneys on the issue of the ‘automatic stay' in civil litigation.  Topics will include the status of the law, limitation and parameters for litigating when a stay is in place," Varner explained.  "These laws are continuously evolving, and we'll be discussing changes effective with the revisions to the Bankruptcy Code in 2006, a topic with which many non-bankruptcy lawyers may not be familiar, but which is crucially important to their practice." 

Course attendees can earn 18.5 MCLE credits. For more information on the course, please visit

Varner and McIntyre are two of six HWA attorneys named to Law & Politics and Texas Monthly's 2008 Texas Rising Stars list.  Rising Stars are recognized as the top Texas lawyers aged 40 or younger or those who have been practicing law for 10 years or less. Only 2.5 percent of eligible Texas attorneys were chosen as Rising Stars.

Varner, who joined HWA in 1995, focuses on creditor's rights in bankruptcy and in probate, where she initiates dependent administrations on behalf of secured creditors. Board certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she provides guidance and solutions for her creditor clients in a variety of forums. As a past president of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, she contributed to increasing 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. 

McIntyre joined HWA in 2003.  She is a member of the Houston Bar Association and the Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA). She served on the HYLA Leadership Academy from 2004 through 2005. She also has been a board member for the East Montrose Civic Association since 2005 and is a member of The Honorable Arthur L. Moller/David B. Foltz, Jr. American Inn of Court-Houston Bankruptcy Section.  

McIntyre can be contacted directly at or 713/328-2830.

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 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


< Return to News Releases