Meet Our Team

Shareholders

Kent J. Pagel is the President and Senior Shareholder of the Houston, Texas law firm of Pagel, Davis & Hill ("PDH"), a Professional Corporation, and its predecessor firm, for the past 25 years.  He has also served, and continues to serve, as an advisor to many companies and associations in a Board of Director capacity or otherwise--often in an outside general counsel role.

Carey S. Davis is a Shareholder of the Houston, Texas law firm of Pagel, Davis & Hill (“PDH”), a Professional Corporation. Mr. Davis joined the firm in 1988. Helping people grow their business is one of his passions. His professional focus and legal practice is helping entrepreneurs with their complex legal needs—from start-up, through growing the company, expanding market share and finally mapping out a strategy for either selling their business or passing it on to the next generation.

Martyn B. Hill is a Shareholder of the Houston, Texas law firm of Pagel, Davis & Hill (“PDH”), a Professional Corporation, since its formation in 1992 as a successor to several prior law firms. Since approximately 1998 Mr. Hill has managed the Litigation Section of PDH.  He has also served, and continues to serve, as an advisor to many director boards, as well as their reporting officers, often in an outside general counsel role.

Bartt G. Thompson is a Shareholder of the Houston, Texas law firm of Pagel, Davis & Hill (“PDH”), a Professional Corporation. He is an accomplished business lawyer who combines his legal acumen as a trial lawyer and his over 30 years working with and advising businesses. He has a solid understanding of what is required to form, manage, and operate a successful business.

When Mr. McQueen’s clients ask him to assist in resolving disputes, his initial goal is to obtain a favorable outcome through negotiation, without necessity of a lawsuit. However, if the dispute cannot be resolved in a manner acceptable to his client, he has no fear of litigation. To date he has been the lead attorney on over 1,500 lawsuits, the majority of which were resolved short of actual trial, by settlement or pre-trial judgments.

Michael A. Harris has been an attorney at the Houston, Texas law firm of Pagel, Davis & Hill, a Professional Corporation (“PDH”), since 2005, and in 2011 was named a Shareholder of the firm. In his years of practice, he has managed and participated in an eclectic array of civil litigation and appellate practice. His long-term clients generally view him as their primary legal resource on all matters of the law that they encounter, while he also handles matter specific clients whose need for the specific set of legal experience he possesses is limited to a single case or pressing issue.

Associates

City Councilman Corbett D. Parker has been an Associate attorney with the Houston, Texas law firm of Pagel, Davis & Hill (“PDH”), a Professional Corporation, since October 2007, and was a law clerk with the firm during the summer of 2004. His practice areas are primarily split between (i) facilitating small to mid-size mergers and acquisitions, and (ii) transactional work which consists of acting as assistant outside general counsel to a handful of companies (including the largest taxicab company in Texas), contract review and preparation, financial transactions, counseling on employment law matters, business formation advice, and corporate governance.

Philip D. Racusin has been an associate attorney with the Houston, Texas law firm of Pagel, Davis & Hill (“PDH”), a Professional Corporation, since 2009. In his years of practice, he has helped dozens of clients defend against, and prosecute, claims in a wide variety of litigation areas, as well as identify and correct issues and practices within their organizations that could possibly lead to outsized exposure.

Emily M. Bivona has been an associate attorney with the Houston, Texas law firm of Pagel, Davis & Hill (“PDH”), a Professional Corporation, since July 2016. Ms. Bivona is both an attorney and a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Her practice includes issues relating to federal and state tax controversy, as well as tax planning and business transactions.

Cornelius F. “Lee” Banta, Jr. has been an associate with the Houston, Texas law firm of Pagel, Davis & Hill P.C. (“PDH”) since November 2016.  Mr. Banta’s practice focuses on general civil litigation, involving a broad range of state and federal commercial and business disputes, including those in the discovery, dispositive, and trial stages.

Staff

Jo Vonna Hill has been an HR practice Consultant and team member at Pagel, Davis and Hill, (“PDH”), a Professional Corporation, since early 2012.  Ms. Hill’s experience in Human Resources commenced in the mid-1980’s working for Hermann Hospital Human Resources Department as a coordinator for employee benefits and health insurance claims.  She then became the HR Manager of the corporate office which oversaw staff dispersed through a chiropractic group comprised of nine clinics, reporting to Clifford Kirby, M.D., Executive Director.

Molly Parker is an HR practice Consultant and team member at Pagel, Davis and Hill, (“PDH”), a Professional Corporation, since early 2012. Ms. Parker has a proven track record of aligning Human Capital plans with corporate business strategies with an emphasis on metrics and processes to optimize accountability and results through effective consulting, counseling and a hands-on approach. She has also helped develop platforms for growth and organization for small and large businesses as well as streamline efficiencies and develop "once and done" approaches for consistency.

Beth Heitmann has been with the Houston, Texas law firm of Pagel, Davis & Hill ("PDH"), a Professional Corporation, since 2007. Prior to her work at PDH, Beth worked as a construction consultant focusing on construction finance, inspection, risk management and due diligence operations. At PDH, she provides professional services related to construction and real estate matters. She works directly under the firm’s partners to advise PDH clients on many important business decisions.