Press Release

Janet Northrup, Wayne Kitchens and Brendetta Scott
Of Hughes Watters Askanase to Speak at
First Southern District Bankruptcy Bench/Bar Conference

HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 3, 2008) - Janet Northrup, Wayne Kitchens, and Brendetta Scott, attorneys with Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. (HWA), have been chosen to serve as speakers at the inaugural Southern District Bankruptcy Bench/Bar Conference. The conference is sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section of the Houston Bar Association and will be held in The Woodlands, Texas, Nov. 6-7.

Janet Northrup, of counsel with HWA, will serve on the opening panel on Nov. 6 and will address Case Law Updates affecting bankruptcies that have occurred within the last 12 months in the Southern District of Texas, Federal District Court, 5thCircuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.  Her co-panelists include Preston Towber of The Towber Firm, P.C. and Henry Flores of Haynes & Boone, L.L.P., both based in Houston, Texas.

Northrup is on the planning committee for this first Bench/Bar Conference for the Southern District of Texas.  With more than 25 years in practice, Northrup has earned a solid reputation as an accomplished presenter and exceptional Chapter 7 Trustee and debtor's attorney.

Kitchens, a co-managing partner with HWA, will serve as a panelist on the topic of "363 Sales: When is a Sale a Sale and Not a Secret Plan" on Nov. 7.  Kitchens was chosen because of his reputation and experience as a business bankruptcy practitioner.  Other panelists who will join Kitchens are Judge Richard Schmidt, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Shelby Jordan of Jordan, Hyden, Womble, Culbreth & Holzer, P.C. and Barbara Rogers of Rogers, Anderson & Bensey, P.L.L.C.

"The sale of a company's assets while in bankruptcy in accordance with Section 363 is a hot topic these days.  This panel will help attorneys understand the current bankruptcy environment for sales under these conditions," said Kitchens.  "I'm pleased to be a part of a panel of such highly regarded practitioners."

Scott, an HWA associate, will speak on "Mortgages - Chapter 13 and Beyond" as part of a panel on Nov. 7.  Joining Scott on the panel is Judge Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Cindy Boudloche, Chapter 13 Trustee, Johnie J. Patterson II, of Walker & Patterson, P.C., and Marjorie A. Britt of Marjorie Payne Britt, P.C.

Scott and her fellow panelists also will provide practical advice and strategies for effectively dealing with a home mortgage from the perspective of an experienced judge, trustee, debtor's attorney and creditor's attorney.

More about Janet Northrup

Having joined HWA in 2006, Northrup is recognized as one of the top consumer bankruptcy experts in Texas and has been named a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine. She is certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been a Chapter 7 Trustee for the Southern District of Texas since 1986.

More about Wayne Kitchens

Kitchens, who joined HWA in 1988, represents corporations and individuals in reorganizations, liquidations, and workouts. He is especially active in representing bankruptcy trustees and entities buying and selling assets in bankruptcy cases. He also represents creditors' committees in Chapter 11 cases. He has authored numerous articles on bankruptcy and creditors' rights and is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars. Kitchens has been named one of Houston's Best Lawyers by H-Texas Magazine and a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Texas Monthly magazines for 2003-2008. He has been certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1991.

Kitchens is one of three HWA attorneys who will be included in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  Founding partner David J. Askanase, Wayne Kitchens, and of counsel Joel P. Kay were selected as Best Lawyers in the specialty of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law. The print edition of The Best Lawyers in America and The Best Lawyers in Canada 2009 will be released in December 2008.

More about Brendetta Scott

Scott, who has been with HWA for five years, was named a Rising Star in the April 2007 and 2008 editions of Law and Politics and Texas Monthly magazines. Scott is a member of the Law Week Committee (2006-2007 co-chair) and the Professionalism Committee (2008-2009 co-chair) of the Houston Bar Association. She is also a member of the Arthur Moeller/David Foltz Bankruptcy Inns of Court, College of the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Young Lawyers Association. Her practice focuses on bankruptcy, creditors' rights and default servicing representing a variety of mortgage companies and credit unions.

About Hughes Watters Askanase

For a full biographical profile on Northrup, Kitchens and Scott, please visit

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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