About Erin

headshot of erin shankI have been practicing exclusively bankruptcy law in Texas for over 35 years. Unlike most other law firms, my firm is exclusively dedicated to helping individuals and small businesses find a way out of their financial difficulties through use of our nation’s bankruptcy laws. The decision to file bankruptcy is one of the most difficult decisions an individual can make. My clients come to my offices scared, nervous and embarrassed. They leave relieved that their financial problems have been solved in a legal, moral and ethical manner.

I am currently the President of the Western District of Texas Bankruptcy Bar Association. I served as the President of the Central Texas Bankruptcy Bar Association for five years. I am also the State Chair for the Western District of Texas for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. I teach other attorneys advanced bankruptcy law matters several times each year at national, international, state and local bar association continuing education seminars. I taught a course entitled “Debtors’ Rights and Creditors’ Remedies” as an adjunct law professor at Baylor Law School for over ten years.

I attended Texas Tech Law School and graduated, with honors, in 1983. While I was in law school, I served as an Editor on the Texas Tech Law Review and clerked for the Lubbock Bankruptcy Judge. I have a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and a Bachelors of Arts degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. I am originally from Dallas, Texas. My husband and I moved to Waco in 1995, and then to Belton, Texas in 2016. We absolutely love Central Texas!

I live in Belton with my husband and our disabled child. My husband, a banker for 35 years, is now a Senior Vice President with Union State Bank in Harker Heights, Texas. Our oldest child, Paul, attends graduate school at Texas Tech University in Architecture. Our second child, Billy, was a Platoon Sergeant in the ROTC. He joined his brother Paul at Texas Tech and is studying political science. I am so proud that both of my sons have decided to attend my alma mater! Our youngest child, Rachel, has Down Syndrome and epilepsy. She has been hospitalized over 60 times. Rachel has given me a new appreciation on what a financial strain illnesses and disabilities can have on a family. Our family is not perfect – we have had our problems and difficulties. However, I believe that those imperfections make me a better lawyer and counselor to my clients.

I am passionate about representing my clients and making sure that they receive the best representation possible. I am also passionate about studying bankruptcy law to make sure that I know all of the latest developments in this area of the law which is constantly changing. I have far exceeded the required number of continuing legal education hours for the past ten years for Texas attorneys and the Texas Bar Association recently named me as a Fellow in the College of the State Bar of Texas.

Let my experience, knowledge, and compassion help you and your family through whatever has happened in your life that makes you believe that bankruptcy is an option you should consider. I look forward to meeting you! Click here to learn more about our firm.