Press Release

Hughes Watters Askanase Partner and Paralegals Achieve Distinguished Certifications from Texas Board of Legal Specialization

HOUSTON, Texas (Jan. 26, 2012) –  Steven D. Shurn, a partner with Houston-based law firm  Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. (HWA) (, has been certified by the   Texas  Board  of  Legal  Specialization  (TBLS)  in  Business  Bankruptcy  Law.    HWA paralegals Elle Glenn and Misty Hardy also have been certified by the TBLS in Real Estate Law.

According to the TBLS Web site (, more than 70,000 attorneys are licensed to practice in Texas, but only 7,000 have earned the right to be publicly recognized as Board Certified specialists in one of 21 select areas of law.  The TBLS was established in 1974 by the Supreme Court of Texas at the request of the State Bar of Texas and is the only governing board authorized to certify attorneys in legal specialty areas.

“Board certification confirms what our firm and the larger legal community already know about Steve: he is one of the brightest and most sought after insolvency lawyers in our region.  We  are  very  proud  of  him  and  this  significant  accomplishment,”  said  Wayne Kitchens, co-managing partner of HWA.

Glenn and Hardy are among only 15 paralegals in Texas to achieve TBLS certification in the area of real estate. Glenn has worked in the real estate field for more than 25 years and has been a real estate paralegal with HWA for the past six years. Hardy has been working with HWA co-managing partner Gary Gunn for 15 years. She has been a real estate paralegal for 12 of those years.

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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