Press Release


Ed Harrell, Larry Young of Hughes Watters Askanase
Speak at Seminars

HOUSTON (May 12, 2008) - C. Ed Harrell and Lawrence "Larry" Young, both partners with Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. (HWA), recently completed speaking engagements as expert legal sources.

Harrell spoke May 2 at American Inns of Court's (AIC) Bankruptcy Trial Skills Program in Houston. Young spoke May 5 at the CARLAW/HOUSELAW Fifth Annual Housing and Auto Finance Workshop in Annapolis, Md.

Harrell presented with The Honorable Jeff Bohm, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas, on the "Discussion of Various Issues About the Practice of Law." He addressed topics such as managing client communications and client relations, pretrial orders and preparation and presentation of witnesses for deposition.

The Bankruptcy Trial Skills Program was presented by the Moller/Foltz chapter of AIC and was open to all attorneys who have practiced bankruptcy law less than five years. AIC, an organization with more than 23,000 members nationwide, is dedicated to improving the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.

"These trial skills programs are designed to impart knowledge and experiential background to young members of the Bankruptcy Bar," said Harrell. "It was a great way to become involved in developing and educating young attorneys, and I enjoyed the discussion."

Serving as a panelist, Young discussed "Recent Legal Developments in Housing Finance." Other panel members were Wingrove Lynton, a partner at Hudson Cook, LLP, and C. Carter Berkeley, an associate at Hudson Cook, LLP. The Housing and Auto Finance Workshop was presented by Hudson Cook, LLP and, LLC. Young was invited to be a presenter because of his and HWA's extensive expertise related to subprime litigation. He is also the Texas editor of CARLAW and HOUSELAW.

"I've spoken at the Housing and Auto Finance Workshop a few times now. The event serves a great purpose in advancing the consumer financial services industry by providing great speakers to highlight new developments and current litigation trends, such as the subprime litigation that is being seen currently in courts," said Young. "HWA has significant experience in this area, which has enabled me to share an ample number of case studies for discussion at the workshop."

Harrell, who joined HWA in 1988, has focused his practice on complex litigation, trial and appellate, including consumer and commercial lending, financial institutions, debt collection practices, deceptive trade practices, securities fraud and breach of contract. Since adoption of the Texas Home Equity Amendment, Harrell has defended eight class action home equity cases as well as numerous individual claims. For a full biographical profile on Ed Harrell, please visit

Young, who joined HWA in 1994, has focused his practice on consumer financial services, bankruptcy law for creditors, commercial finance and consumer financial services litigation. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. Young speaks frequently at industry and professional conferences and also has written and published numerous articles and papers. For a full biographical profile on Larry Young, please visit

About Hughes Watters Askanase

For more than 30 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 six interrelated areas which provide the greatest opportunities and most challenging obstacles: business bankruptcy, business planning and strategy, default servicing, real estate and finance, consumer financial services, and commercial litigation. For more information on Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P., please visit


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