Carolyn joined Hughes Watters Askanase as a partner in 1994. She has almost 30 years of experience in the practice of law.
Prior to joining the firm, Carolyn was a partner with Urban & Coolidge and an associate with Lackshin & Nathan. She also was an adjunct professor at the University of Houston's Law Center for two years.
Carolyn leads HWA's award winning Credit Union and Default Services Practice Area. She was instrumental in implementing the internal HWA policies and procedures that enable her team to deliver superior client service.
Carolyn is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for Business Bankruptcy Law (1989) and Consumer Bankruptcy Law (1985). She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas and the State of Georgia in 1979. She practices law in the U.S. District Courts of Texas (Southern, Western, Northern and Eastern) and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, as well as other Federal courts.
In addition, Carolyn routinely trains, speaks and publishes on mortgage servicing and consumer finance legal issues on a local, regional and national level.
Carolyn concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of mortgage banking, credit union law, and creditors´ rights. She has extensive expertise in default servicing (bankruptcy foreclosures and evictions) and regulatory compliance. Representative clients include numerous Texas federal, state and community chartered credit unions, Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation).
- Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, University of Denver, 1976
- Juris Doctorate, Emory University, 1979
AWARDS AND HONORS
- Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Department of Defense, New Jersey Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, December 2008
- Fidelity National Default Solutions "Service Excellence" Award, 2005-2006 and Summit Award, 2006-2010
- Named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and Law and Politics magazines, 2003-2013
- "Who's Who" in American Colleges and Universities, 1975-1976
COMMUNITY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
Carolyn is active in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her paternal grandmother traced their ancestry back to a Revolutionary War soldier.
Additionally, she is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston and is involved with Credit Unions for Kids/Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Texas Credit Union Foundation.
HOBBIES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS
Carolyn enjoys supporting her four children and their activities.