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Vicki M. Skaggs

Litigation Percentage

80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

  • Vicki’s Biography

    Vicki Skaggs’ practice involves litigation and counseling in the area of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.

    Vicki also provides assistance to our bank and financial institution clients regarding legal issues concerning loans, secured transactions, restructuring and foreclosures.

    She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Summa Cum Laude, in 1979. She obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence, Cum Laude, from the University of Houston College of Law in 1981. Vicki interned with bankruptcy Judge Edward H. Patton, Jr., prior to graduation.

    Vicki has been District 15 state director for the Texas Young Lawyers’ Association, District 12-B panel chair for the Texas State Bar grievance committee, president of the Rio Grande Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association as well as chair and co-chair for numerous Texas State Bar and local bar committees. Vicki has given back to the public community by serving in a number of diverse positions including Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Museum of South Texas History, director of the Girl Scouts-Tip of Texas Council; chair and co-chair of various fund raising committees for McAllen International Museum, Easter Seals and the Junior League of McAllen; co-sponsor of the Episcopal Young Churchmen; and officer or chair of various public school groups and committees.

    Vicki is currently a member of the Bankruptcy Section of the Texas State Bar, Rio Grande Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association, Hidalgo County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is also a long-standing Fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation. Vicki has been a speaker and author of several papers on business bankruptcy law and creditors’ rights.

  • Bar Admissions

    • Texas, 1982
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1983
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2008
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1983
  • Education

    • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1981
      J.D.
      Honors: Cum Laude
      Honors: Order of the Barons
    • The University of Texas, 1979
      Bachelor of Science
      Honors: Summa Cum Laude
      Major: Education
  • Published Works

    • “Effect of Bankruptcy on State Litigation” (Co-Author), November, 1996;
    • ″Effect of Bankruptcy on State and Federal Litigation” (Author), 2004, 2006, and 2011;
    • “Suing, Defending and Negotiating with Financial Institutions” (Co-Author with Judge Richard S. Schmidt), State Bar of Texas, February, 2013;
    • “Navigating Bankruptcy After Judgment: Post Judgment Bankruptcy Blunders to Beware” (Author), published by The Advocate; State Bar Litigation Section Report, A Practical Guide to Obtaining, Enforcing and Avoiding Judgments, Volume 64, Fall 2013
  • Classes/Seminars Taught

    • Speaker, Business Bankruptcy Law and Creditors’ Rights;
    • Planning Committee for The University of Texas School of Law annual Jay L Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, 2006 – Present;
    • Speaker, Advanced Civil Trial Seminar – State Bar of Texas-Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston, 2006 & 2011
  • Honors and Awards

    • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1991 – Present;
    • Distinguished Lawyer Martindale Hubble – AV Rated, 2014 – Present;
    • Texas Super Layer as awarded by Thompson Reuters, 2013 – Present;
    • Texas Monthly Top Attorneys in Texas, 2015;
    • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Woman Lawyers, 2013 – Present
  • Professional Association & Memberships

    • District 12-B State Bar of Texas, 1996 – 2001
      Panel Chairman, Grievance Committee
    • District 15 Texas Young Lawyers’ Association, 1995 – 1998
      State Director
    • Rio Grande Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association, 1991 – 1993
      President
    • Member, District 12-B Grievance Committee, State Bar of Texas, 1996 – 2001;
    • Panel Chairman, District 12-B Grievance Committee, State Bar of Texas, 1999 – 2001;
    • State Director, District 15 Texas Young Lawyers’ Association, 1991 – 1993;
    • Member, Rio Grande Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association, 1991 – Present;
    • President, Rio Grande Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association, 2000 – 2004, 2007 – 2008, 2013 – 2016;
    • Member, Texas State Bar, Bankruptcy Section, 1997 – Present;
    • Member, Subcommittee for Mortgage Mediation, State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section, 2017 – 2018;
    • Member, Planning Committee for the University of Texas School of Law, annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, 2006 – Present;
    • Presiding Officer, The University of Texas School of Law, 34th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, 2015 – Present;
    • Member, Hidalgo County Bar Association;
    • Member, American Bar Association;
    • Intern, Bankruptcy Judge Edward H. Patton, Jr.
  • Community Involvement

    • Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, 2003 – 2012;
    • Secretary, Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, 2004 – 2012;
    • Member, Board of Trustees, Museum of South Texas History, 2011 – 2016;
    • Secretary, Board of Trustees, Museum of South Texas History, 2012;
    • Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Museum of South Texas History, 2013;
    • Chairman Elect, Board of Trustees, Museum of South Texas History, 2014;
    • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Museum of South Texas History, 2015;
    • Past Chairman, Board of Trustees, Museum of South Texas History, 2016;
    • Co-Sponsor, Episcopal Young Churchmen, 1992 – 1993
  • Fraternaties/Sororities

    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Alpha Chi Omega