Alexander Wathen – Wathen & Associates

Practice/Organization Description

Alex Wathen is licensed in most federal appeals courts and will accept appeals throughout the country. Whether your appeal is from a bankruptcy court to a district court or bankruptcy appellate panel, from a bankruptcy or district court to one of the circuit courts of appeal, or to the United States Supreme Court, there is a good chance that Alex Wathen can put his experience and expertise to work for you. Alex Wathen is licensed in the Supreme Court and most Circuits. Most district courts will allow a federally licensed attorney such as Alex Wathen to handle cases in that district under an arrangement called pro hac vice even though the attorney is not licensed in that specific federal district. Alex Wathen always been admitted pro hac vice without problems in the past. Alex routinely serves clients out of state. Therefore, regardless of where you live Alex's services are available to you.

Alex Wathen also has a bankruptcy court and civil practice in Texas primarily in the Houston area. He represents both businesses and consumers in bankruptcy.

Alex Wathen is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization where he also serves on the Bankruptcy Exam Commission. He is also a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Alex Wathen comes from a family of Catholic Kentucky bourbon makers. Some of his relatives still make Wathen's Kentucky Bourbon. Alex has taken on a much more global perspective and likes to learn and experience new cultures and people in different parts of the world. He also speaks French, Spanish, and Swedish. Although having received some education in Europe, Alex is a great believer in our educational system in the United States. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Southern California, his M.S. degree from the University of North Texas, and his J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota. He has also taken classes at various other colleges and universities to enrich himself.

Alex has continued his commitment to education as a lawyer. He speaks at several continuing legal education conferences each year throughout Texas and in Mexico. Alex believes that good colleges are not the ones who educate you, but teach you how to educate yourself.

Alex is most well know for the following cases:

Darby v. Time Warner Cable, 470 F.3d 573, Bankr. L. Rep. (CCH) P80,773 (5th Cir.2006) (Oral argument held).

Significance: As the first appellate opinion on that issue it has set the standard for determining what is a utility under Section 366 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Holder v. Texas Dep’t of Pub. Safety, 356 B. R. 184 (Bankr. S. D. Tex. 2006), aff'd, 376 B. R. 802 (S. D. Tex. 2007).

Significance: Although the bankruptcy court decided that driver's license surcharges are not dischargeable in Chapter 7 under Section 523(a)(7) of the Bankruptcy Code, the case has resulted in a change of policy that is now in progress. DPS will now be honoring the automatic stay.

Sanchez v. State, 137 S.W. 3d 860 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2004, pet. dism.).

Significance: Clarified that for the state to prove a case of failure to maintain proof of financial responsibility, it is not sufficient to ask for “insurance.” The conviction in that case was reversed and an acquittal entered. The case has resulted in the dismissal of many cases since then for insufficient evidence.

Azeez v. State, 248 S. W. 3d 182 (Tex. Crim. App. 2008), reversing 203 S.W.3d 456 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2006).

Significance: The Court of Criminal Appeals reversed a conviction for failure to appear under the Penal Code where the legislature intended that the Transportation Code offense should apply. This case has resulted in the invalidation of most municipal court failure to appear complaints in Texas.

Bar Admissions

Texas

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 10th, and 11th Circuits.

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

Pro Hac Vice Admissions in other Districts.

Education

J.D. University of Minnesota Law School

M.S. University of North Texas

B.A. University of Southern California

Professional Associations & Memberships

National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

Appellate Section, State Bar Association

Honors and Awards

Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Contact

10333 Northwest Freeway, Suite 503
Houston, TX 77092, United States

  • 281-999-9025
  • 713-758-0330

Areas of Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
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