Allison D. Byman joined Hughes Watters Askanase as an Of Counsel attorney in May 2012 to support the firm’s Business Bankruptcy Practice Area. She was appointed as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Southern District of Texas in April 2012.
Allison 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. She was named one of the Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights) in 2010.
Allison previously worked as an associate with Thompson & Knight LLP in Houston where she supported the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group.
In addition to being a trustee herself, Allison represents other Chapter 7 panel trustees, Chapter 11 trustees, committees, creditors and debtors in bankruptcy and in financial restructuring matters.
Some of Allison’s representative matters include:
Representation of a Chapter 11 trustee in a large individual Chapter 11 case for which the legal team liquidated over 500 pieces of property in Harris County and paid more than $15 million to the Internal Revenue Service.
Representation of a Chapter 11 trustee of a large oil and gas bankruptcy fraught with title issues and fraud (a plan was confirmed and many creditors received larger distributions than expected).
Representation of a Chapter 7 trustee in the sale of a multi-million dollar beach front property in Galveston.
Representation of a Chapter 11 debtor in a pre-packaged bankruptcy case in which the legal team confirmed a plan in less than a week from filing.
Representation of the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee in a Chapter 11 oil and gas case.
Representation of an oil and gas service provider in a complex Chapter 7 filing that ultimately involved the filing of 14 bankruptcy cases.
Defense of a multi-million dollar fraudulent transfer action against alleged insiders of a real estate investment debtor.
- Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, cum laude, Texas A&M University, 2000
- Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, University of Houston Law Center, 2003
- Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers, member, co-founder and past president
- Houston Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, member
- The Moller/Foltz American Inns of Court, membership chair and barrister
- National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, member
- State Bar of Texas, member
AWARDS AND HONORS
- Houston Journal of International Law, Events Editor, University of Houston Law Center
- Mediation Certification (University of Houston Law Center 2001)
- Named one of the Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights) in 2010 and 2013 - 2014
- Appointed as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Southern District of Texas in April 2012
COMMUNITY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
Actively involved in the Silvercrest Elementary School parent teacher orgnization in Pearland, Texas
HOBBIES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS
Allison and her family reside in the Houston suburb of Pearland. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons, who are active in T-ball, swim team, soccer and piano lessons. She also enjoys reading and running.