CHERNOSKY, SMITH, RESSLING, & SMITH PLLC

Transactional Services

Litigation

Bankruptcy

Collection and Workout

Foreclosures

Transactional Services

   The firm offers comprehensive representation of financial institution clients in real estate, commercial, and corporate lending, real estate acquisitions, and construction financing.  The firm represents both major regional and national banks, together with smaller community banks and finance companies in lending and workout transactions.  The attorneys who practice primarily in this area are Marvin E. Chernosky, Jr., R. Stephen Ressling, and R. Alan Tomlin.

Litigation

   The firm has broad experience in general civil litigation.  The firm's experience includes civil litigation in both the federal district courts and the Texas state courts.  Attorneys in the firm are admitted to federal district courts in Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The firm's financial institution litigation experience includes commercial disposition of collateral, lender liability defense, collection litigation with their attendant counterclaims, contract disputes, Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims.  Michael J. Smith and L. David Smith are responsible for this practice area.

Bankruptcy

   The firm regularly represents financial institutions in United States Bankruptcy Court in recovering collateral for secured lenders, litigating confirmation, exemption, preference and fraudulent transfer issues as well as preventing the discharge of clients' loans.  The firm's experience includes creditor representation in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies, as well as complicated commercial Chapter 11 bankruptcies.  L. David Smith and Michael J. Smith share responsibility for bankruptcy matters.

Collection and Workout

   The firm has assisted in the negotiation and settlement of a vast number of loans for its financial institution clients.  The efficiency of experience has enabled the firm to pursue litigation and recover judgments in both state and federal court at reasonable cost to its clients.  Over 98% of the firm's collection cases are concluded through default or summary judgment proceedings and rarely is a trial necessary.  On occasions where the borrowers are not residents of the State of Texas, and the amount of the debt is sufficient to confer jurisdiction in federal court, the firm has obtained judgments against non-resident borrowers through the federal court system thereby expediting enforcement and collection of judgments in foreign jurisdictions.  The firm is keenly aware of the need for low cost prosecution of collection litigation, and works closely with clients to streamline the communication of necessary information to pursue such matters efficiently.  All of the firms attorneys have collection and workout experience.

Foreclosures

   The firm regularly conducts foreclosures on behalf of its clients.  While the vast majority of such foreclosures are conducted in Harris County, the firm completes foreclosures in all Texas counties for no discernable difference in cost.  The firm shuns the "mill foreclosure" process so that each matter receives the requisite attention to ensure a prompt and valid foreclosure. Michael J. Smith and L. David Smith share responsibility for foreclosure matters.

 

Phone:  713-622-7935

Fax: 713-622-1026

4646 Wild Indigo, Suite 110

Houston, Texas  77027

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