Press Release


Paul Kellogg of Hughes Watters Askanase
Inducted into the College of the State Bar of Texas

HOUSTON (Feb. 12, 2008) - Paul Kellogg, an associate with Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. (HWA), has been inducted into the College of the State Bar of Texas (College). The College is an honorary society that recognizes lawyers who maintain and enhance their professional skills and the quality of their services through a significant level of voluntary participation in continuing legal education.

To become a member of the College, a qualifying lawyer must complete either 80 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) over three or fewer calendar years or 45 hours of CLE in the prior or current calendar year. This requirement is double the CLE credits required by the State Bar of Texas. Between 800 and 1,200 attorneys are inducted into the College every year. Only about 5 percent of all attorneys practicing in Texas are members, with total membership in the College ranging from 4,100 to 4,300 in a year.

Kellogg joined HWA in 2001. He has focused his practice on consumer and commercial financial services (including auto and retail credit, identity fraud, and privacy issues), regulatory compliance, mortgage lending and compliance, fundamental issues facing small- and medium-sized businesses, and the formation of business entities. He has been named a Rising Star by Texas Monthly magazine every year since 2004 in its Super Lawyers issue. For a full biographical profile on Kellogg, please visit http://www.hwa.com/.

"The legal and regulatory environment for consumer finance is changing so rapidly that our clients have their hands full adapting their business practices and financial systems," said Kellogg. "I've made a commitment to giving my clients the most current thinking and thorough advice possible in this continually changing landscape, and membership in the College is proof of that. I'm honored to join this small group of attorneys in Texas who are as committed to their clients and the current trends in law as I am."

Established in 1981 by the Texas Supreme Court, the College also issues annual awards in recognition for achievements and contributions to the legal profession and is the only organization in the United States formed for the purpose of recognizing attorneys who pursue excellence through voluntary attendance of CLE programs. For more information on the College, please visit http://texasbarcollege.com/.  

About Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P.

For more than 29 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, from formation to liquidation. The practice focuses on the six interrelated areas which provide the greatest opportunities and most challenging obstacles: bankruptcy, business planning and strategy, commercial finance, commercial real estate, consumer financial services, and litigation. For more information on Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P., please visit http://www.hwa.com/.

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