Press Release


Hughes Watters Askanase Attorneys
to Speak at Bankruptcy Seminar

HOUSTON (July 3, 2007) - Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. (HWA) partners Steven Shurn and Dominique Varner and associate Brendetta Scott will be speaking at the "Bankruptcy Law and Procedure from Start to Finish" seminar which will be co-presented by the National Business Institute (NBI) and American Legal and Financial Network (AFN).  The seminar will be held in Dallas on Sept. 14, 2007.

HWA, which is based in Houston and is a member of AFN, has extensive bankruptcy experience in addition to experience in real estate, litigation, corporate transactions and consumer finance. 

The one-day, comprehensive seminar will provide a practical learning experience and foundational understanding of bankruptcy code using hypothetical situations and case studies. Debtor's and creditor's attorneys, bankers, paralegals and other finance, insurance, real estate and government professionals who want an introduction to bankruptcy law and procedure are expected to attend this seminar.

Shurn has focused his practice on the reorganizations and workouts for corporations and individuals, the representation of secured creditors and entities which seek to acquire assets out of bankruptcy cases. He also represents Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustees. Varner's expertise is primarily concentrated on creditor's rights and bankruptcy law, and she has represented a wide variety of lenders, including mortgage companies and credit unions. Scott has focused her practice on mortgage law, bankruptcy, credit union law and default servicing (foreclosures and evictions). For full biographical profiles on Shurn, Varner and Scott, please visit

"NBI's seminars are great introductions into a variety of topics for lawyers just starting in a specific practice," said Wayne Kitchens, partner with HWA. "Participating in this program gives Hughes Watters Askanase the opportunity to share our expertise in bankruptcy, help those unfamiliar with bankruptcy law and increase our visibility as a creditor's rights firm."

NBI is a not-for-profit organization that provides legal and professional education seminars in major metropolitan areas in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. For more information on NBI, visit AFN is a professional organization for the attorneys and trustees of the mortgage banking industry. For more information on AFN, visit

The seminar will feature current information on the basics of bankruptcy litigation. Attendees of this seminar qualify for continuing legal education (CLE) credits.  For more information on the NBI bankruptcy seminar, contact Laurie Johnston at (866) 738-4820.

About Hughes Watters Askanase

For more than 29 years, Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. (HWA) 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: bankruptcy, business planning and strategy, commercial finance, commercial real estate, consumer financial services, and litigation. For more information on HWA, please visit


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