Press Release

Hughes Watters Askanase Associates Simon R. Mayer and
Glenn P. Valentine Named to 2012 List of Texas Rising Stars

HOUSTON, Texas (April 18, 2012) – Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. (HWA) associates Simon R. Mayer and Glenn P. Valentine have been recognized by Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly Magazine’s list of 2012 Texas Rising Stars.

Rising Stars recognizes the top up-and-coming lawyers in the state, who are 40 years old or younger or who have been in practice for 10 years or less. The survey from which Rising Stars are selected uses nominations based on personal observation in addition to attorney-led research. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Texas Rising Stars list.

Wayne Kitchens, co-managing partner of HWA, commented: “It’s gratifying to see that the legal community at large recognizes what we’ve known about Simon and Glenn for quite some time — that they are outstanding young lawyers.”

Mayer, who joined HWA in 2007, is an associate in the firm’s Business Bankruptcy Practice Area. His primary practice areas include corporate reorganizations, restructuring, creditors’ rights and related litigation. He has represented debtors, creditors and trustees in various Chapter 7 and 11 cases.

Mayer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Trinity University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law.

Valentine, who joined HWA in 2007, is an associate in the Commercial Finance and Real Estate and Finance Practice Areas. He routinely represents financial institutions, other lenders and small and large companies in connection with real estate and non-real estate financing transactions, including acquisition loans, construction loans, development loans, equipment financings and other lending transactions. He also counsels companies and investors in connection with the leasing, acquisition and disposition of real estate and personal property assets and related financing transactions.

Valentine earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, cum laude, with a concentration in banking and finance from The University of Mississippi. He earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, magna cum laude, from South Texas College of Law.

About Hughes Watters Askanase

For more than 33 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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