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Hughes Watters Askanase Attorneys Kristen B. Bates, Allison D. Byman, Simon R. Mayer, Nathan J. Milliron, Sabrina A. Neff, and Sarah S. Robbins Named
To Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly’s 2016 List of Texas Rising Stars

HOUSTON, Texas (March 10, 2016) – Six attorneys with Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. (HWA) have been recognized by Law & Politics and Texas Monthly Magazine on the 2016 Texas Rising Stars List.

HWA attorneys who made the 2016 list of Texas Rising Stars are Kristen B. Bates (Consumer Bankruptcy); Allison D. Byman (Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy), Simon R. Mayer (Business Bankruptcy), Nathan J. Milliron, (Banking, Civil Litigation: Defense and Business Litigation); Sabrina A. Neff (Business Litigation), and Sarah S. Robbins (Consumer Creditor Debtor Rights).

Rising Stars recognizes the state's top up-and-coming attorneys aged 40 or younger or those who have been practicing law for 10 years or less. The survey from which Rising Stars are selected is based on nominations, personal observation and attorney-led research. Only 2.5 percent of eligible Texas attorneys are chosen as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

“We value the contributions these bright young attorneys bring to the firm and our clients,” commented Wayne Kitchens, HWA co-managing partner and head of the firm’s Business Bankruptcy Practice Area. “Their selection to the list of Texas Rising Stars validates what our legal team at HWA already knows about them – that these HWA attorneys are bright young professionals who demonstrate such attributes as leadership, a solid work ethic, and a spirit of collaboration in addition to admirable legal competencies.”

Kitchens co-manages HWA with Gary Gunn, who leads the Real Estate and Real Estate Finance, and Commercial Finance Practice Areas.

About These Attorneys

Bates joined HWA as an associate in August 2010. She supports the firm’s Consumer Financial Services and Default Servicing Practice Areas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University in 2007. She received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center in May 2010 and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November 2010. She has been recognized on the Rising Stars list in 2015 and 2016.

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 Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Southern District of Texas in April 2012, and also supports the firm’s Business Bankruptcy Practice Area. She has been recognized on the Rising Stars list every year since 2010.

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 recognized on the Rising Stars list every year since 2012.

Milliron, who joined HWA in 2011, 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 Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in May 2004. Milliron has been recognized on the Rising Stars list in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Neff joined HWA in February 2011 as an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Area. 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 Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center in 2008 and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas the same year. She has been named to the list of Rising Stars in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Robbins, who joined HWA as an associate in December 2011, supports the firm’s Consumer Financial Services and Default Servicing Practice Areas. 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 Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center. She has been named to the Rising Stars list in 2015 and 2016.

Full biographical information on all HWA attorneys is available at www.hwa.com.

About Hughes Watters Askanase

For almost 40 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 mortgage 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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