Corbett D. Parker

Contact Corbett D. Parker

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.

Areas of Practice

  • Business acquisitions and sales, in a number of industries (on both buy and sell side)
  • Business transactional law (particularly in transportation sector)
  • Contract review, negotiation and preparation
  • Labor and employment law (EEOC) counseling and defense
  • Business formation, financing and corporate governance advice
  • Advising and structuring of companies regarding determination of employee versus independent contractor

Representative Matters

Acquisitions and Sales

  • Represented a franchise shuttle transportation business in its sale of business to its franchisor through an asset sale.
  • Represented an independent insurance agency in its sale of business.
  • Represented an oil samples library in its sale of business.
  • Represented an oil tools company in its sale of business. 
  • Represented a full service global event marketer in its strategic acquisition of a regional company through an asset sale.
  • Represented a veterinary diagnostics laboratory in its sale of business to industry leader through asset sale.

Transactional Work

On behalf of firm transportation clients, worked on: company contracts,  performed comprehensive file audit ensuring record keeping compliance with local, state, and federal regulations; drafted proposed ordinance changes; defended EEOC, FLSA  and other disputes with employees; drafting of employment agreements, confidentiality and noncompetition agreements, and employee separation agreements; review and consultation on number of transportation service and vendor contracts;  led internal investigations of employee wrongdoing and audits of company processes;  research and consultation on local, state, and federal laws regulating taxicab industry; corporate filings and disclosures.

  • Consultated on and formation of multiple startup companies, and subsidiaries of existing companies.
  • Led corporate investigations and/or audits for clients that suspected internal wrong doing and wanting to improve their processes and/or reduce legal liability.
  • Reviewed and negotiated master service agreements on behalf of energy services company.
  • Negotiated, drafted, reviewed confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicitation, invention assignment agreements for numerous clients in various industries.
  • Assisted clients in preparation of public company required filings and disclosures.
  • Represented clients (usually a corporation, but has represented employees as well) in disputes over non-competition agreements.
  • Represented client in acquisition of real estate and facilitated the replatting of property through local municipality.
  • Represented client in multiple lending and consulting agreements with companies seeking turnaround.
  • Assisted client in preparing private placement memorandums, and various other capital raising transactions.
  • Represented variety of clients in disputes over website domains.

Education

  • LLM in European Private Law (pending thesis completion, courses taken 2005-06, top 10%)
    • Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar Recipient
  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 2006
    • Dean’s Scholarship
    • Cali and Witkin awards for top grade in International Investment  Disputes; Alternative Dispute Resolution; and Health Care Administration
    • Certificate, Pepperdine’s Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Laws
  • B.B.A., (Finance and Economics), Baylor University, Waco, TX, 2003

Affiliations

Professional Responsibilities and Projects

  • Research Assistant and/or contributor on the following law review publications:
    • Weston, Maureen Arellano, Internationalization in College Sports: Issues in Recruiting, Amateurism, and Scope, 42 Willamette L. Rev. 829 (2006).
    • Larson, Edward J. and Dettmann, Marc,  The Impact of HSAs on Health Care Reform: Preliminary Results After One Year, 40 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1087 (2005)
    • Coe, Jack J. Jr., Transparency in the Resolution of Investor-State Disputes - Adoption, Adaptation, and NAFTA Leadership, 54 U. Kan. L. Rev. 1339 (2005-2006)

Achievements and Community Service