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Kristen Baker joins Houston law firm

Kristen Baker has joined Hughes Watters Askanase, L.L.P. as an associate supporting the Consumer Financial Services and Default Servicing Practice Areas.

Baker is the daughter of Dr. Janet Cole Baker, O.D., who attended school in the Port Arthur Independent School District and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1977.

Kristen’s grandfather, Ned Cole, was the head coach at Woodrow Wilson Middle School. Jean Cole is a veteran educator in the Port Arthur ISD.

“Kristen is an outstanding recent graduate from the University of Houston Law Center. All of us at Hughes Watters Askanase are pleased to have her on board full-time. During the 12 months that Kristen interned with the firm as a law clerk, she proved herself to be conscientious and committed to the practice of law and to working with a team of veteran attorneys. She is an excellent role model for any young person starting a new career in any profession,” Varner commented.

Baker was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November after passing the bar exam. She focuses her practice on representing the needs of banks, mortgage servicing companies and other lenders in various aspects of consumer financial services.

“Hughes Watters Askanase was the right choice for me to begin my career. The environment at HWA is very team-oriented and respectful. I appreciate the integrity and professionalism that is reflected in the way everyone operates.  I am especially impressed with how friendly the attorneys and staff are,” Baker commented.

Baker has earned several honors. She was a regional finalist in the American Bar Association’s Negotiation Competition in 2008.  She also received the 2007 Department of Communication Citizenship Award at Texas A&M.  Baker was on the Dean’s List at Texas A&M from 2003-2007 and was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars from 2004 through 2007. She has also been a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi since 2007.