Dominique M. Varner


Dominique Varner

Partner

t: 713.328.2818
f: 713.759.6834
e: dvarner@hwa.com

Practice Areas

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Dominique joined Hughes Watters Askanase as an associate in 1995 and became a partner in 2003.

Dominique focuses her practice on creditors' rights in bankruptcy and in probate, where she initiates dependent administrations on behalf of secured creditors. She has extensive experience in the collection and handling of defaulted loans and loss mitigation. She also has a keen understanding of recent legal developments that affect the mortgage industry and defaulted loans.

Dominique, who is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for Consumer Bankruptcy Law, was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1994. She also is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Courts of Texas (Southern, Northern, Eastern, Western) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business and Finance, University of Texas, 1990
  • Juris Doctorate, South Texas College of Law, 1994

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • State Bar of Texas (Member since 1994)
  • Houston Bar Association (Member since 1994)
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 1999-2007; Past President, 2006-2007)
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association (Member since 1994)
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation (Board of Directors, 1998-2005)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow since 2005)
  • Italian American Lawyers of Texas (Past President, 1997 to 2000)

AWARDS AND HONORS

Named a Rising Star by Texas Monthly and Law and Politics magazines, 2005, 2008 and 2009

Order of the Lytae- Awarded 1994

COMMUNITY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

As a past president of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, and a Fellow of the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Dominique has contributed to increasing both the size of membership and the scope of the participation in community projects and projects serving the bar.  Dominique also supervised the selection of the 2008 Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in recognition and encouragement of exceptional performance in the three areas of professional practice, service to the bar, and service to the community.

Dominique is chair of the board of directors of SER-Niños, a charter school that targets elementary and middle school-aged children in local low income, limited English urban communities. The school works in partnership with families and local resources.  In 2008, Dominique was instrumental in acquiring land to build a new school for SER-Niños.

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

Dominique and her husband are raising two young sons—Grant and Nicholas. She enjoys traveling to Italy each year and spending time with family and friends.