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Alexander B. Wathen - Houston, TX

13280 Northwest Freeway, Suite F352 77040 Houston, TX 77040 77040

Updated: 02/18/2024

Houston Bankruptcy Lawyer


Alex Wathen is a Board Certified Bankruptcy Attorney serving clients throughout the United States. Alex is one out of 143 of the about 80,000 attorneys in Texas who are board certified in consumer bankruptcy law. In Houston he is one of a few of the certified who actually represents consumers.

Texas Lawyer magazine has recently named him Appellate Attorney of the Week. He has argued a number of appeals before federal courts including oral argument three times before the Fifth and Ninth Circuits each, and once before the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. His Nationwide Coast to Coast and U.S. Insular Islands appellate practice takes him to different parts of the country whether it be the Deserts of Arizona, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, the Windy City of Chicago, the Virgin Islands, or the United States Supreme Court, Alex will stand up for your rights in any forum.

Alex is a Prominent Bankruptcy Reporter and Commentator who reports on celebrity bankruptcies and other issues of public importance. He has been featured on CNN, FOX, CBS, and ABC as well as been interviewed by major daily newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the Philadelphia Enquirer.

Alex is one of the Most Distinguished Bankruptcy Bloggers in the United States. He blogs about bankruptcy on his own blogs as well as where he is an FC Expert Blogger and the National Bankruptcy Forum where he has been a Top 10 Contributor and Founder. He is the leading Celebrity Bankruptcy Blogger in the country having reported extensively on the celebrity bankruptcies of Heidi Fleiss, Casey Anthony, Michael Vick, Antoine Walker, Stephen Baldwin, Dionne Warwick, and Congressman Ruben E. Hinojosa where he fought to keep the Congressman's bankruptcy documents available to the public after the court had sealed the records. Alex wanted the public to know about Hinojosa's requests for special treatment.

He is an Award Winning Best-Selling Author of the book Trendsetters which hit the No. 2 spot on the best seller list in 2011. Mr. Wathen won Golden Quill and Editors Choice Awards for his chapter on Rethinking the Office which has become a model for describing the office of the 21st Century.

From a family of Kentucky bourbon makers, some of which still make Wathen's Kentucky Bourbon in Owensboro, Kentucky, Mr. Wathen earned his Law Degree from the University of Minnesota. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern California, and his Masters Degree in Information Science from the University of North Texas.

Mr. Wathen Bankruptcy Law practice serves individuals and businesses in bankruptcies under Chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13. He focuses on solving his client's liquidity problems and reorganizing to relieve their financial distress. Alex represents a wide variety of clients. He has distinguished himself by reorganizing construction companies, home builders, retailers, farming operations, real estate investors, trucking businesses, landlords, skyscrapers, hotels, restaurants, bars, and food service businesses. He is also known for representing family farmers in Chapter 12 bankruptcy.

Mr. Wathen's notable cases include watershed cases on a utility service in bankruptcy, employment non-discrimination rights of bankruptcy debtors, fighting racial discrimination in jury selection, fighting back against racial profiling, and preventing religious discrimination by the federal government. Alex has the honor of being regularly appointed by federal appellate courts to represent indigent people, pro bono, in meritorious civil cases.

Having practiced law since 1998, Mr. Wathen has been active in local and state bar associations and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars. He also served two terms on the Bankruptcy Exam Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization by whom he is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law. Additionally, he is the leading authority on appeals from Texas municipal courts of record from which he has on numerous cases represented clients in the Texas Courts of Appeal and on two occasions in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

As a business consultant, Alex works primarily on marketing and efficiency of operations. He also helps with public and governmental relations for businesses. Twenty-first century technology is the centerpiece of these strategies. He helps businesses develop their online footprint and dominate the web.

About Alexander B. Wathen

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy
  • Appeals
  • Federal Litigation


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Current Employment Position(s)

  • Bankruptcy Attorney


Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002

Other Affiliations

  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Houston Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • State Bar of Texas – Bankruptcy Section
  • State Bar of Texas – Appellate Section
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Municipal Justice Bar Association of Texas
  • Harris County Municipal Justice Bar Association


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1997
  • University of Southern California, 1995
  • University of North Texas, 2001


Office Information


13280 Northwest Freeway, Suite F352 77040 Houston, TX 77040 77040


  • (281) 616-6242

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