For over thirty years, Stephen Sather has devoted his career to bankruptcy, the area of the law which deals with financial failure and resurrection. Today his practice focuses primarily on business bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, and bankruptcy appellate matters. Mr. Sather advises clients on complex bankruptcy issues, files cases and takes them to trial and argues cases at the appellate level. He is a recognized author and blogger whose writings have been cited in judicial opinions.
Mr. Sather handles every aspect of business bankruptcy practice. His clients include debtors, business owners, creditors, trustees and official committees in cases under almost every chapter of the Bankruptcy Code. He was one of the first SubChapter V trustees appointed by the United States Trustee’s Office and has represented debtors under SubChapterV as well.
His clients have included businesses in the restaurant and hospitality industry, apartments, hotels, office projects, real estate, construction, retail, manufacturers, vendors, landlords, financial institutions, debt buyers, debt collectors and business owners.
Mr. Sather has appeared in many appeals to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in published opinions such as UTSA Apartments, LLC v. UTSA Apartments 8, LLC (In re UTSA Apartments 8, LLC), 886 F.3d 473 (5th Cir. 2018); Hawk v. Engelhart (In re Hawk), 871 F.3d 271 (5th Cir. 2017); 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), 756 F.3d 368 (5th Cir. 2014); Reed v. City of Arlington, 650 F.3d 571 (5th Cir. 2011)(en banc); and Matter of Greystone III Joint Venture, 995 F.2d 1274 (5th Cir. 1991). He has represented amicus curiae parties in the Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Sather’s scholarly writings have appeared in law reviews, such as the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, St. Mary’s Law Review, Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and Commercial Law World among others. He is the author of A Texas Bankruptcy Lawyers Blog. He is a frequent speaker at legal seminars, including a panel at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.
Awards & Recognition
- Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters since 2006;
- Designated as AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell;
- Has appeared in Best Lawyers in America®, by BL Rankings, Inc. since 2010;
- Named Lawyer of the Year in 2015 for the Best Lawyers® Austin Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law;
- Master and founding member of the Larry E. Kelly Bankruptcy Inn of Court;
- Certified as a specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the American Board of Certification;
- Serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Certification;
- Sits on the Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
- Member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, the National Creditors Bar and the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas;
- Received the Constant Gardener Award from Advocacy, Inc. (along with Barbara Barron) in 2008.
Mr. Sather lives in Austin with his wife and two adult daughters. He enjoys taking road trips across Texas. He likes to cook and can sometimes follow a recipe.
Mr. Sather is active in community matters, having served as Vice-President of Division III and Vice-President of Referees for the Austin United Capital Soccer Club and on the school board of St. Martin’s Lutheran School (including two years as board president). He attends Bethany Lutheran Church.
Mr. Sather has been a volunteer judge for the Duberstein Moot Court Competition in New York and the Elliott Moot Court competition in various cities within the Fifth Circuit. He has been a mentor to a University of Texas School of Law student.
State Court Admissions
Federal Appellate Admissions
- U.S. Supreme Court
- 5th Circuit
- 9th Circuit
Federal District Court Admissions
- Texas (E.D., N.D., S.D. and W.D.)
- B.A., Texas Lutheran University
- J.D., University of Texas School of Law