Steve Sather leads the Bankruptcy Practice Group at Barron & Newburger, P.C.
A well-known author and blogger on bankruptcy issues, Mr. Sather’s practice focuses primarily on business bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, and bankruptcy appellate matters. He 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 he has substantial experience in litigation involving alleged violations of automatic stays and discharge injunctions.
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); Camp v. Ingalls (In re Camp), 631 F.3d 757 (5th Cir. 2011); Matter of Gupta, 394 F.3d 347 (5th Cir. 2004); 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. His clients have included financial institutions, debt buyers, law firms, collection agencies, restaurant groups, trustees, and creditors’ committees.
He was one of the first SubChapter V Trustees named by the United States Trustee’s Office.
From 2006 through 2020, Mr. Sather has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters, and he has appeared in Best Lawyers in America®, a publication of Woodward White, Inc., from 2010-2020. 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, and he is certified as a specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the American Board of Certification. He serves on the Board of the American Board of Certification and on the Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, and served as President and Treasurer of the Bankruptcy Section of the Austin Bar Association.
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 has been an active supporter of pro bono legal services to the poor, and in 2008 received the Constant Gardener Award from Advocacy, Inc.
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