Afton Sands

Partner, Austin Texas

Afton Sands

Partner, Lubbock Office

T: (817) 332-1391 |  F: (817) 870-2427  |  E:  |  V-Card

Afton represents clients in state and federal court in a broad range of complex litigation matters. She has extensive experience in commercial litigation handling disputes involving breach of contract, insurance, and fraud. As part of her practice, Afton also represents clients, including railroads, in real estate disputes related to property boundaries, easements, railroad crossings, and homeowners associations. She also defends clients in condemnation proceedings. Afton has represented debtors, creditors, and trustees in bankruptcy court. Before joining the firm, she was a Partner at Husch Blackwell LLP.

Representative Experience

  • Defended home health company in Fair Labor Standards Act overtime lawsuit.
  • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment and sanctions against opposition in Racketeer Influences and Corrupt Organizations Act action seeking $4.5 million in damages from ten defendants and obtained favorable decision from the Third Court of Appeals.
  • Assisted in a bankruptcy adversary that resulted in alter ego findings and the recovery of significant assets in the Cayman Islands through the substantive consolidation of non-debtor assets into the bankruptcy estate.
  • Represented Chapter 11 debtors in bankruptcy cases that resulted in true reorganization, including nursing home nonprofit organization, an international shipping company and candle manufacturing company.
  • Represented acquiring entity in acquisition of propane company through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.

Areas of Practice

Civil Trial Law
Railroad Law
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Defense
Insurance Defense

Awards & Recognition

Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars for years 2018, 2019, and 2020

40 & Under Hot List by Benchmark Litigation for years 2018, 2019, and 2020

State Bar of Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors Committee, Advisory Member, 2014-2015

State Bar of Texas Leadership SBOT, Class of 2013-2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

Texas Bar Foundation Fellow

Austin Bar Association

MAMAs Austin

Austin Bar Foundation Fellow


Judicial Intern, The Hon. Jeff Bohm, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas

Publications and Presentations

Co-author, “I Want it and I Want it Now: Preferences and Fraudulent Conveyance Actions,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy course, January 2013

Co-author, “New Players in the Bankruptcy Sandbox: Subprime Mortgages, Real Estate Securitizations, and Hedge Funds,” Bankruptcy Conference, U.S. Circuit Court, Western District of Texas, June 2008

Please feel free to contact us at (817) 332-1391 in Fort Worth or (817) 820-1140 in Houston to discuss your legal needs.

Brown, Proctor & Howell, LLP, a  law firm concentrating on highly complex litigation and negotiation, originated in 1922 with the partnership of two prominent north Texas attorneys, Jesse M. Brown and Sidney Samuels.  Today our lawyers handle multi-million dollar cases from our offices in Fort Worth and Houston. For more than 90 years, we have provided clients with the highest level of expertise and professionalism. All named partners are rated  as  AV Preeminent®, the highest level of professional excellence awarded by their legal peers, as established through the 2012 Martindale Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings.™