Press Release


                       Michael L. Weems Joins Hughes Watters Askanase, L.L.P. 
                               as Associate in Default Servicing Practice Area      


HOUSTON, Texas (Aug. 9, 2012) – Michael L. Weems has joined Hughes Watters Askanase, L.L.P. (www.hwa.com) as an associate assigned to the firm’s Default Servicing Practice Area.

Weems said he joined HWA because of the firm’s reputation for excellence and quality along with ample opportunities to develop professionally in the practice of bankruptcy law and creditors’ rights. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2008. He is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Courts of Texas (Southern, Western, Northern and Eastern). He is also licensed to practice in U.S. Tax Court.

“We are very excited about adding Michael to our team. His prior experience in the insurance field and his experience on both the debtor and creditor side of the bankruptcy world are assets to our firm,” commented Dominique Varner, partner, who supports the Default Servicing, Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Financial Services, and Estate Planning and Probate Practice Areas at HWA.

Before joining HWA, Weems worked as a bankruptcy attorney with Shapiro Schwartz, L.L.P. where he represented mortgage servicers and mortgage companies in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings. Before that, he was debtor’s counsel and represented debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings. Weems has been a licensed insurance agent in Texas since 1997. He completed undergraduate university and law school classes while working as an agent with Allstate Insurance.

Weems earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Houston in 2004 and a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in 2007. He is a member of the Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers, Texas Bar Association and Texas Young Lawyers Association.

Weems and his family reside in the Pearland suburb of Houston. For a full biographical profile on Weems, please visit www.hwa.com.

About Hughes Watters Askanase

For more than 34 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 finance; commercial and consumer financial services litigation; and estate planning and probate. For more information on Hughes Watters Askanase, L.L.P., please visit www.hwa.com.

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