Press Release

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee Allison D. Byman
Joins Hughes Watters Askanase As Of Counsel

HOUSTON, Texas (May 23, 2012) – Allison D. Byman recently joined Hughes Watters Askanase, L.L.P. (HWA) as Of Counsel in the firm’s Business Bankruptcy Practice Area. In addition to her regular business bankruptcy practice, Allison is the newest Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the Southern District of Texas.

Byman was appointed as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Southern District of Texas in April 2012. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2003 and is also admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts of Texas for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts.  Byman was named one of the Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights) in 2010.

With regard to her reasons for joining HWA, Byman commented: “I have worked closely with lawyers from HWA over time and have admired and respected the way in which they handled their cases in the courtroom and in the office. I also understand that HWA knows how to handle a trustee practice. As a new trustee, I believe my learning curve will be much shorter with the help of HWA lawyers and trustee paralegal David Kokenes.”

“Hughes Watters Askanase has earned a solid reputation for addressing bankruptcy matters in Houston and throughout Texas. We welcome Allison as the newest member of our business bankruptcy team,” said Wayne Kitchens, co-managing partner with HWA and head of the firm’s Business Bankruptcy Practice Area. “We are confident that Allison will make significant contributions in her role at our firm and as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee.

Allison previously worked as an associate with Thompson & Knight LLP in Houston where she supported the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. Byman has authored and presented numerous papers on bankruptcy topics. She is a member of the Houston Bar Association Bankruptcy Section and National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. She is a co-founder, past president and member of the Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers Byman is also a member, the membership chair and barrister for The Moller–Foltz American Inns of Court.

Byman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, cum laude, from Texas A&M University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

About Hughes Watters Askanase

     For more than 34 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 finance; commercial and consumer financial services litigation; and estate planning and probate. For more information on Hughes Watters Askanase, L.L.P., please visit

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