In the area of Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Bito represents creditors, and occasionally debtors, in bankruptcy court litigation and disputes, including first-day orders, cash collateral orders, objections to plans of reorganization, objections to confirmation of plans, assumption or rejection of leases, relief from the automatic stay, objections to claims of exemption, Section 363 sales of assets and property, bankruptcy auctions, preference actions, fraudulent transfer actions, claims and claim objections, complaints for exception to discharge, complaints for denial or revocation of discharge, jurisdictional contests, abstention motions, removal actions, adversary proceedings, and bankruptcy appeals. He represented creditors in one of the largest bankruptcy cases ever filed in New Mexico. He has represented clients in bankruptcy courts in Texas, New Mexico, Delaware, New York, California, Illinois, Virginia, and Tennessee. Bito also represents creditors, and occasionally debtors, in state court claims and litigation, including collection, receiverships, sequestration, garnishment, replevin, turnover, execution, foreclosure, eviction, contempt, and unfair debt collection practices.
As a leading El Paso construction attorney and founding member of ScottHulse’s Construction Law practice group, Bito represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, construction managers, architects, engineers, and sureties in a variety of contexts, both in and out of court, including litigation, arbitration, mediation, appeals, bid contests, lien disputes, claims, contract negotiations, and contract drafting.
As a member of the Firm’s Litigation practice group, Bito handles a variety of litigation, including construction litigation, bid contests, partnership disputes, shareholder litigation, real estate litigation, condemnation and land use litigation, boundary and easement disputes, property rights, property tax litigation, annexation appeals, fraud, deceptive trade practices, fiduciary litigation, accounting malpractice, contract disputes, insurance litigation, will contests, and probate litigation.
Bito has the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating of AV Preeminent. An AV Preeminent peer rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. He has authored and presented seminar papers on construction lien laws, representing contractors and subcontractors in bankruptcy court, and creditors’ rights.
After graduating from law school and before joining ScottHulse, Bito served as briefing attorney to J. Curtiss Brown, Chief Justice of the 14th Court of Civil Appeals of Texas.
Bito has represented a variety of individuals and organizations in pro bono litigation. He is a former director of the El Paso Bar Association; a former officer of the Border Bankruptcy Bar Association; a former director and president of the El Paso Chapter of the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and of the Bridges School, an elementary school for learning disabled and ADHD students; a former member of the United Way Allocations Committee; a former director of the Rio Grande Christian Broadcasting Corporation; a former Elder of Jesus Chapel West; served three times on the Vestry of the Church of St. Clement, and currently serves as Chancellor of the Church of St. Clement.