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Mr. Sather is known for his imaginative, academic, and thoughtful approach to solving problems for his clients. He focuses his practice primarily on business bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, and bankruptcy appeals needs. He has has tried to judgment or settled more than 100 adversary proceedings, including proceedings to determine dischargeability, to deny discharge, to recover preferential transfers or fraudulent conveyances and involving violations of the automatic stay and discharge.

An attorney of distinction, Mr. Sather has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters for years 2006-2016, was named as a Top-Rated Foreclosure Attorney by Business Week in 2008 and has appeared in Best Lawyers in America® , a publication of Woodward White, Inc., from 2010-2016. He was named Lawyer of the Year in 2015 for the Best Lawyers® Austin Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.   Mr. Sather is a Master and founding member of the Larry E. Kelly Bankruptcy Inn of Court.  He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986 and is board certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the American Board of Certification.   He serves on the Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Sather has appeared in more than 15 appeals to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in published opinions such as Barron & Newburger, P.C. v. Texas Skyline, Ltd. (Matter of Woerner), 783 F.3d 266 (5th Cir. 2015)(en banc);  Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. 804 Congress, LLC (In re 804 Congress, LLC), 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 11819 (5th Cir. 2014); BP RE, LP v. RML Waxahachie Dodge, LLC, 744 F.3d 1371 (5th Cir. 2014)(denying en banc review); Reed v. City of Arlington, 650 F.3d 571 (5th Cir. 2011)(en banc); Camp v. Ingalls (In re Camp), 631 F.3d 757 (5th Cir. 2011); Matter of Gupta, 394 F.3d 347 (5th Cir. 2004); Matter of CompuAdd Corporation, 137 F.3d 880 (5th Cir. 1998), In re Educators Group Health Trust, 25 F.3d 1281 (5th Cir. 1994); Matter of Dyke, 943 F.2d 1435 (5th Cir. 1991); and Matter of Greystone III Joint Venture, 995 F.2d 1274 (5th Cir. 1991). He has also had more than 20 published opinions from U.S. District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts and State Courts of Appeals.

Court Admissions

  • Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Ninth Circuit, all four United States District Courts in Texas and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Examples of his work in business bankruptcy include:

  • Representing a restaurant company with operations in 24 states and four countries in a chapter 11 reorganization
  • Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Esco Marine, Inc.
  • Representing businesses, such as gas station/convenience stores, a car wash, a dry cleaning business, real estate entities, churches and entrepreneurs
  • Representing debt buyers in cases involving proofs of claim
  • Representing a municipality as lessor in an aviation bankruptcy
  • Representing a property owners’ association in a real estate bankruptcy
  • Representing judgment creditors, financial institutions and landlords in proceedings under chapters 7, 11 and 13

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member of Bankruptcy Section Executive Council, co-Chair Governmental Affairs Committee and principal author of amicus briefs — Commercial Law League
  • American Bankruptcy Institute and the Austin Bar Association
  • President and Treasurer of the Bankruptcy Section of the Austin Bar Association
  • State Bar College
  • Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation


Mr. Sather has written more than 300 articles for A Texas Bankruptcy Lawyer’s Blog and his articles have been cited as authority in multiple judicial opinions.  He is also the editor of the CLLA Bankruptcy Blog.   He has published scholarly articles in numerous publications including:

  • American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
  • Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice
  • Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal
  • St. Mary’s Law Review
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
  • Texas Bar Journal
  • Debt3 (the journal of the Commercial Law League)


  • Received The Constant Gardener Award from Advocacy, Inc. for his commitment to pro bono matters (2008)
  • Bestowed the Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Award from Volunteer Legal Services
  • Served on the school board of St. Martin’s Lutheran School (including two years as board president)
  • Vice-President of Division III and Vice-President of Referees for the Austin United Capital Soccer Club
  • Election judge for Travis County


  • B.A., summa cum laude, in economics and political science from Texas Lutheran University
  • J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was named to the Order of the Coif