"I am committed to communicating with clients in a way that they fully understand the economic realities of their situation along with the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes of the representation our firm can deliver for them. Once clients have this level of understanding, I work with them and our team to formulate and execute a practical approach to addressing their legal challenges."
Steve Shurn began working at Hughes Watters Askanase as a summer law clerk in 1998. At the conclusion of the 1998 summer clerkship program, HWA offered Steve an opportunity to join the firm. After graduating from law school in 1999, Steve joined HWA as an associate in the firm’s bankruptcy practice area. He was recognized for his competence and contributions to the firm by earning a position as partner in 2006, being one of the youngest persons to make partner in the firm’s history.
Steve focuses his practice on reorganization and workouts for businesses and individuals with complex problems. He also provides representation of secured creditors, representation of entities that seek to acquire assets out of bankruptcy cases, and representation in bankruptcy related litigation, often involving preferential and fraudulent transfers. In addition, he routinely represents Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustees.
Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, University of Houston, 1994
Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, South Texas College of Law, 1999
State Bar of Texas, 1999
Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Business Bankruptcy Law.
Licensed to practice in all Texas Federal District Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Houston Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section (past chair, 2010-2011 chair; chair- elect, 2008-2009; vice chair, 2007-2008; treasurer, 2006-2007; director, 2005-2006)
Inns of Court, 2005-2006
Turnaround Management Association, 2003-2008
AWARDS & HONORS
Named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and Law and Politics Magazines, 2013-2019
Named a Rising Star by Texas Monthly Magazine, 2004-2011
South Texas College of Law Houston Law Review, 1996-1999
Order of the Lytae, South Texas College of Law Houston