M. H. "Butch" Cersonsky

M. H. “Butch” Cersonsky has over 35 years of experience in the practice of law. His practice areas include commercial and consumer collections, appellate, complex business litigation, judgment enforcement and creditor’s rights, such as distressed debt and recovery on promissory notes.

Butch has represented the Department of Justice (DOJ) as private counsel since 1988, obtaining judgments on thousands of cases on behalf of the DOJ. Butch has spoken at over 25 continuing legal education (CLE) presentations for the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association and other organizations. Butch also teaches Creditor’s Rights and Remedies at the University of Houston Law Center, first having taught in 1994 to 2000, and again for the Spring Semester of 2016. Additionally, Butch has served as the Course Director for the State Bar of Texas’ Collections and Creditor’s Rights Course, as well as the State Bar of Texas’ Collections 101 Course.


  • “Temporary Injunctions: How Lawyers Spell Relief,” The Houston Lawyers 1984
  • “Deposit Agreements Between Banks and Their Customers – Wall of Protection or a Wall with a False Foundation?”, 31 Tex. Tech Law Review 1 (1999). Winner, Outstanding Lead Article, Texas Tech Law Review, 1999-2000.
  • Contributor to Tex. Jur. Pleadings and Practice Forms 2d Ed., 1992: “Wrongful Termination – Whistle Blower Pleadings.”
  • “Determining Attorney’s Fees: A Story in Two Parts,” 10(1) J. Consumer & Comm. L. 11 (Fall 2006)

Reported Cases

  • City of Houston v. Leach, 819 S.W.2d 185 (Tex. App. B Houston [14th Dist.] 1991, no writ)
  • Bay Colony, Ltd. v. Trendmaker, Inc., et. al., 121 F.3d 998 (5th Cir. 1997)
  • Bank One, Texas v. Stewart, 967 S.W.2d 419 (Tex. App. B Houston [14th Dist.] 1998, pet. denied)
  • Catalina v. Cramer Financial Group, Inc. 01-96-00862-CV, 1998 WL 135120 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] March 19, 1998, no pet.) (mem. op., not designated for publication)
  • United States of America v. Durbin, 64 F.Supp.2d 635 (S.D. Tex. 1999)
  • Sixth RMA Partners, L.P. vs. Sibley, 111 S.W.3d 46 (Tex. 2003), denied, 125 S.Ct. 944 (2005)
  • Abetter Trucking Company, Inc. v. Juan Angel Arizpe, 113 S.W.3d 503 (Tex. App. –Houston [1st Dist.] 2003, no pet.)
  • Sibley v. Sixth RMA Partners, L.P., 138 S.W.3d 455 (Tex. App. – Beaumont 2004, no pet.) [on remand from Texas Supreme Court]
  • United States v. Thomas, 342 B.R. 758 (S.D. Tex. 2005)
  • BancorpSouth Bank f/k/a Bank of Mississippi v. Albert Prevot, 256 S.W.3d 719 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2008, no pet.)
  • Choy v. Graziano Roofing of Texas, Inc., 322 S.W.3d 276 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2009, no pet.)


  • Bank Accounts and Forged Signatures, Houston Bar Association, 2001.
  • Post-Judgment Collections for the Texas Bar Association’s Advanced Consumer and Commercial Law, 2008.
  • Planning Committee and Speaker, Texas Bar Association course on Collections and Creditor’s Rights, 2009-2011.
  • Recurring speaking engagements regarding post-judgment depositions, locating assets and legal ethics, University of Houston Law Foundation, 1995-2009.
  • Post Judgment Collections, Houston Bar Association, 2011.
  • Director, Texas Bar Association’s Introductory Course on Collections, May 2012
  • Planning Committee and Speaker on attorney’s fees, Texas Bar Association’s Collections and Creditor’s Rights Course, 2012.

Teaching Engagements

  • Adjunct professor, Creditors Rights and Remedies, University of Houston Law Center, 1994-2000 and Spring 2016.

Practice Areas

  • Trial Law
  • Appellate Law
  • Collections/Creditor’s Rights Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Banking Law
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Construction Law
  • Foreclosures


  • J.D., University of Houston, 1979
  • M.A., Rice University, 1980
  • B.S., University of Houston, Magna Cum Laude, 1976.


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Bank Counsel
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association

Courts of Admittance

  • Texas State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit