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Hughes Watters Askanase Attorneys Allison Byman, Erica Hakimi,
Simon Mayer, Nathan Milliron, Sabrina Neff, and Sarah Robbins
Named to 2015 List of Texas Rising Stars

HOUSTON, Texas (March 18, 2015) – Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. (HWA) attorneys Allison D. Byman, , Erica Hakimi, Simon R. Mayer, Nathan J. Milliron, Sabrina A. Neff, and Sarah S. Robbins have been recognized by Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly Magazine for the list of 2015 Texas Rising Stars.

These six HWA attorneys are included in the following categories: Business Bankruptcy – Byman and Mayer; Business Litigation – Neff; Civil Litigation Defense – Milliron and Robbins; and Labor and Employment – Hakimi.

Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly Magazine’s Texas Rising Stars recognize the state’s top lawyers who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been in practice for 10 years or less. The survey from which Rising Stars are selected is based on nominations, personal observation and attorney-led research. No more than 2.5 percent of all lawyers in Texas are named to the Texas Rising Stars list.

“Recruiting and retaining bright young attorneys such as these six on the list of 2015 Rising Stars is a high priority for HWA,” commented Wayne Kitchens, co-managing partner of the firm. “As our firm approaches its 40-year anniversary, we are positioning all of our associates and of counsel attorneys to deliver the continuity of legal counsel and support that our clients expect from my fellow partners and our firm as a whole.”

Byman joined HWA in an Of Counsel role in May 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, cum laude, from Texas A&M University in 2000 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center in 2003. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2003. She was appointed as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Southern District of Texas in April 2012. She has been named to the list of Texas Rising Stars in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Hakimi joined HWA in February 2013 to support the Commercial Litigation Practice Area and the Labor and Employment Practice Area. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 1998 from the University of Houston and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law Center in 2001. Hakimi was named to the list of Texas Rising Stars in 2004, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Milliron joined HWA in 2011 and supports the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Area. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business and finance from Seton Hall University in 2001. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in May 2004. Milliron was named a Texas Rising Star for the first time in 2014.

Mayer joined the firm as an associate in HWA’s Business Bankruptcy Practice Area in 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Trinity University in 1998. He earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2007. He has been named to the list of Texas Rising Stars in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Neff joined HWA as an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Area in February 2011. She attended Baylor University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 2002 and a Master of Arts degree in church-state studies in 2004. Neff earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center in 2008 and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas the same year. She was named to the list of Texas Rising Stars for the first time in 2014.

Robbins joined HWA as an associate in December 2011. She supports the firm’s Default Services Practice Area and Consumer Financial Services Practice Area. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in advertising, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas in 2007. Robbins was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2010 after earning a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center. She was named to the list of Texas Rising Stars for the first time in 2015.

For full biographical profiles for Byman, Hakimi, Mayer, Milliron, Neff, and Robbins, please visit www.hwa.com.

About Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P.

For more than 37 years, Hughes Watters Askanase, L.L.P. has helped business organizations, financial institutions and individuals succeed with their business endeavors. The firm’s attorneys play a strategic role and support clients through every stage of existence and operation. The firm’s practice focuses on representation of commercial and consumer lenders, including banks and credit unions; business bankruptcy; business planning and strategy; default servicing; real estate and real estate finance; commercial and consumer financial services litigation; employment law; and wills and probate.

For more information on Hughes Watters Askanase, L.L.P., please visit www.hwa.com.


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