Wayne Kitchens


Wayne Kitchens Photo June 2012

Co-Managing Partner

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Practice Areas

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Wayne joined Hughes Watters Askanase in 1988 and has been practicing law for more than 30 years.  Wayne has a reputation for being well prepared and for zealously arguing cases. Outside of court, he is equally committed to ensure that his clients have as many legal resources at their disposal as possible.

Wayne became a partner at Hughes Watters Askanase in 1993 and has been on the Management Committee since 2004.  In 2007, he was named, along with Gary Gunn, as co-managing partner.  Along with his other partners, he has influenced the continued growth and evolution of the firm without compromising the firm's founding principles or family-oriented culture.

Wayne is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Business Bankruptcy Law. He has extensive experience in buying and selling assets in and out of bankruptcy, as well as prosecuting and defending preference and fraudulent transfer matters.

Wayne was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1984. He is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Courts of Texas (Southern, Western, Northern and Eastern), and the Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Federal Circuits.

In addition to serving clients and contributing to the firm management, Wayne actively mentors the firm's younger lawyers.

CLIENT EXPERIENCE

Wayne's specialties within bankruptcy law include business bankruptcy, creditor and debtor rights, closely held businesses, securities and corporate finance.

Listed among Wayne's successes are:

  • Representation of a debtor in a large Chapter 11 case that involved a regulated, publicly-traded company that operated pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico and had numerous Saudi Arabian and Middle Eastern bondholders.
  • Management of an individual Chapter 15 case that had unique issues of law in terms of residency issues for foreign nationals living in the U.S.  Aspects of the In Re: Yuval Ran case were affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case of nationwide first impression.
  • Representation of a secured lender (bank) in a case that involved many millions of dollars in telecom assets. The case resulted in a successful appeal of the bankruptcy court's decision concerning secured financing.

EDUCATION

  • Texas Lutheran University, 1977-1979
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1981
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Houston Law Center, 1984

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Houston Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Life Fellow since 2001
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow since 2005
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC)

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Named in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2009 through 2016
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines, 2003 through 2016
  • Named one of Houston's Best Lawyers by H-Texas Magazine, 2005

COMMUNITY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

Wayne is very active at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church where he serves as lector, EMHC, and was formerly a member of the Parish Pastoral Council.  He and his wife, Diane, co-chaired the two most recent Capital Campaigns, which resulted in the November, 2008 opening of the parish's new $11 million church, and the 2012 opening of the new $12 million Parish Life Center.

Wayne and his family participated in several Catholic Heart Work Camp's mission trips to  rehabilitate housing for the poor, elderly and disabled. 

From 2002-2009, Wayne served on the Board of Directors of Virtuosi of Houston, a 501(c)(3) organization and as their general counsel. Virtuosi was formed in 1996 to increase education and performance opportunities leading to a music profession for Houston's exceptionally gifted middle to high school age musicians. He remains an active supporter of the organization.

HOBBIES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS

Wayne enjoys cooking, wine tasting, snow skiing and traveling, and keeping up with his adult kids, Daniel and Rachel, and his new granddaughter, Guin.