Press Release

Hughes Watters Askanase Attorneys Allison D. Byman, Erica Hakimi and
Simon R. Mayer Named to 2013 List of Texas Rising Stars

HOUSTON, Texas (March 27, 2013) – Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. (HWA) attorneys Allison D. Byman, Erica Hakimi and Simon R. Mayer have been recognized by Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly Magazine for the list of 2013 Texas Rising Stars.

Hakimi joined HWA in late February as Senior Counsel in the Commercial Litigation Practice area. She is on the list of 2013 Texas Rising Stars t in the Employment Litigation category. Byman and Mayer support the firm’s Business Bankruptcy Practice area, which is led by Wayne Kitchens, a co-managing partner with HWA. Both are on the 2013 list in the Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights category.

Rising Stars recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming lawyers 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 is based on nominations, personal observation and attorney-led research. This critical research process is so exclusive that no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Texas Rising Stars list.

“Allison, Erica and Simon are talented and dedicated young attorneys whom we are privileged to have as members of the HWA legal team. My fellow partners and I appreciate their professionalism and their ongoing contributions to our firm and our clients,” commented Wayne Kitchens, co-managing partner of HWA.

Byman was named one of the Texas Rising Stars (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights) in 2010. She was appointed as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Southern District of Texas in April 2012 and joined HWA as an Of Counsel attorney in May 2012.

Byman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, cum laude, from Texas A&M University in 2000 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 2003. 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.

Hakimi has taken and defended more than 250 depositions during her career and served as first chair in 10 jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations. She currently is a member of the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section. Hakimi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 1998 form University of Houston and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law Center in 2001. She was admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in 2001 and was licensed to practice law in Texas in November 2001.

Hakimi started her legal career at Gregg M. Rosenberg & Associates where she was named one of the Texas Rising Stars (Employment Litigation) in 2004. After serving as the founder and principal of The Hakimi Law Firm in Houston for seven years, she joined Epstein, Becker & Green P.C. as Of Counsel where she was named as one of the Texas Rising Stars in 2012 (Employment Litigation).

Mayer was named to the list of Texas Rising Stars in 2012. He joined the firm as an associate in 2007 after earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law and being admitted to the State Bar of Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Trinity University in 1998. Mayer is an active member of the Houston Bar Association.

Mayer was recognized in 2012 with a President's Award for outstanding contributions as co-chair of the John J. Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run Committee. He is the president-elect of the Houston Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee for 2012-2013 and the president for 2013-2014. Mayer served as the treasurer for 2010-11 and vice president for 2011-12 for the Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers.
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About Hughes Watters Askanase

For 35 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.

HWA has been named as the Top Mid Sized Law Firm in Texas for business and transactions in Super Lawyers 2012 Business Edition. HWA is also an independent member of Geneva Group International (GGI) and the only GGI member law firm in Texas.

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