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Eric Stephen Southward

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1999
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Eric

Learn Eric’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    Consumer and Small Business Bankruptcy Mortgage Foreclosures & Modifications Fair Debt Collection Practices violations

    25 years, 3,500 cases

  2. Tax
    Discharge Tax liability Tax repayment plans

    24 years, 400 cases

I am a member of the State Bar of Indiana and admitted to practice in the Southern District of Texas, Northern District of Illinois, and the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. I am a member of the Houston Association Debtor's Attorneys, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees. I have thirteen years of federal bankruptcy and consumer law experience. Prior to joining Busby & Associates, I was a Senior Managing Attorney with Legal Helpers, P.C., a national bankruptcy firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. While at Legal Helpers, I helped oversee regional offices and previously managed their Indianapolis, Indiana office. Prior to the practice of law, I was a marketing manager with an advertising and marketing firm and a pharmaceutical research company, both based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to that, I was a national account manager with a magazine publishing services company based in Des Moines, Iowa.


I was raised and schooled in Iowa, but I am a native Texan, born in Corpus Christi. I re-joined my family, who all reside in the greater Houston area now. I received my undergraduate degree in 1992 from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and my law degree in 1999 from Indiana University.

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Independence Heights Office
715 E Whitney St
Houston, TX, 77020
Busby & Associates, PLLC
6100 Corporate Dr
Ste 190
Houston, TX, 77036
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Posted by Lucy | April 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Mr Erick Southword
Mr Southward Has been wonderful with my Bankruptcy He went far and above his duty as a Lawyer Thank you Lucy Weishuhn
Posted by Manfred | January 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Understood my situation and directed me to the best solution. Explained how each action could impact my situation. Made the process easy
Posted by John | February 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
I just got my discharge three weeks ago, my credit is updated and I am now qualified to get into a new house. Thanks Eric and Jessica for all your support"
Posted by Steve | November 10, 2013
Helped get me through rough period
Eric Southward and his team of co-workers helped me get through a tough time. I had lost my business in the 2008 economy bust and went into debt just surviving. At my age, in a time when jobs were scarce, I could find no work in my profession. My wife had just passed away and there were now heavy medical bills on top of delinquent credit card bills and delinquent taxes and i was about to lose my house. Eric and his team took my case and I am now protected from the wolves with Chapter 13 protection. I'm not living a life of luxury, but I can sleep at night without worrying about losing my house or having to deal with relentless creditors. I am proud to say I am doing what I can to pay back what I can to those I was in debt with. If you're in a "situation" similar to mine, I highly recommend Eric Southward to help with your problems.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-395 per hour
  • Pro bono 1 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Manging Attorney
  • Busby & Associates, PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Macey & Aleman,P.C./Legal Helpers, P.C.
  • 1999 - 2006


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1999
  • Buena Vista University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Van Erem
  • The Court found in favor of the Debtor, ruling that the funds were not used to hinder, delay or defraud. The unlimited homestead exemption survived.
  • In re Rogelio Lopez
  • Fees that Bank of New York sought were denied
  • In re Henry Walker
  • Case dismissed without prejudice


  • National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Houston Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Recognition for Pro Bono services
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • 2010
  • Recognition for Pro Bono services
  • Indianapolis Bar Assocation
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Eric
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Eric is tireless in his work for his clients. He is a skilled and well known bankruptcy lawyer in Houston, Texas"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I highly endorse and recommend this lawyer. He was largely responsible for training and mentoring me when I was a brand new attorney. He is an excellent attorney and I consider him to be one of the foremost experts in the field of law that we both work in. Further, he is always available to answer questions and compare notes with."
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