The Firm

The law firm of Britt & Catrett, P.C. began in 2006, arising out of Marjorie Payne Britt, P.C. We practice bankruptcy almost exclusively, and primarily in the consumer and small business area. The majority of the practice is representing debtors although creditor representation is accepted on a limited basis. We are conveniently located at the intersection of the West Loop and the Southwest Freeway (click HERE to see a map), and free parking is available at the building. Our office hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Fridays. Our phones typically rollover to our
answering service during lunch to give our staff a much needed break.

The Firm consists of its two shareholder attorneys, Marjorie Payne Britt (Marjorie), and Michael Louis Catrett (Mike) and its staff of legal assistants, paralegals and receptionist. Our offices are casual and reflect the nature of our practice, helping individuals and families with their financial difficulties.

MARJORIE PAYNE BRITT (Marjorie, attorney)

Marjorie is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy. With over 31 years experience in the field of consumer bankruptcy, she is well respected for her background and balanced hand in addressing conflict. Whether it is litigation or an evaluation of your options, Marjorie is sensitive to your situation.

Marjorie received her B.A. degree from Texas Christian University in 1974 as a National Merit Scholar, and her JD in Law from South Texas College of Law in 1979 where she graduated with honors. She is licensed in the State of Texas (state), in the District Court of the Southern District of Texas in the

Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Texas, and in the United States Court of Appeal, Fifth Circuit. Marjorie has been Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1985. Additionally, she is an Associate Member of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, a Member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, a Master in the Moller-Foltz American Inn of Court, and a past vice-president of the Moller-Foltz American Inn of Court. She has been the invited speaker at a number of seminars and presentations including the State Bar of Texas Practice Skills for Business and Commercial Litigation, State Bar of Texas Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Institute, State Bar of Texas Strategic Use of Liens Institute, South Texas College of Law Bankruptcy Institute, University of Houston Bankruptcy Seminar and Farm and Ranch Bankruptcy
Institute. Her most recently published case is In re Coppola, 419 F.3e 323 (5th Cir. 2005) which explored the unique and complicated issue of what happens to an account when it is pledged as security for the payment of contractual alimony.

Marjorie lives with her husband Bob and enjoys a number of other activities beside law including doing advanced bead work in jewelry design.

MICHAEL LOUIS CATRETT (Mike, attorney)

Mike comes to the field of law after over 25 years in the chemical industry, both here in the US and abroad. He specializes in consumer bankruptcy, particularly where a business or industry matter is involved. Again, he carries through the firm’s sensitivity to the client’s distress that financial difficulties bring.

Mike received his BSChE (with High Honors) in 1975 and his Masters in Engineering in Chemical Engineering in 1977 from the University of Florida, and worked in manufacturing, design and process optimization in the specialty chemicals area until 2004. He also spent three years as the vice-president of a turn-around consulting firm working with the purchasers of small niche market chemical companies to improve market share and profitability. Thinking he needed a new challenge, Mike was accepted by the University of Houston Law Center and graduated in 2005 and entered bankruptcy through a circuitous route after working as an intern for the Honorable Judge Steen for several months and then with Marjorie in her firm.

Throughout his career, Mike has been active in community volunteer work, working on neighborhood and historic preservation, transportation issues, as well as serving as a
commissioner on the Building and Standards Commission for the City of Houston. He has a number of published papers that can be found on the web, including “Means Testing and the Vehicle Ownership/Lease Expense Deduction”, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (June 2007); “A Month of Debtors – ‘Foreclosure Tuesday’ and the Rush to Chapter 13 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas”, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (May 2005); “Implications of 28 U.S.C. § 2415(a) to Recoveries in Chapter 11”, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (February 2005)

Mike has recently abandoned life in an historic home for the lower maintenance life of a downtown loft. His interests had been renovation of historic homes, gardening and enjoying the richness of a life in Houston. He entertains himself now with the thought that there is someone else trying to pour water on those large azaleas in the middle of a hot Houston summer.