Emily M. Bivona

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.

Ms. Bivona began her career in the Tax Controversy practice at Deloitte Tax LLP. She has experience representing clients before the IRS and state revenue departments at both the examination and appeals levels, as well as assisting clients with meeting FATCA and foreign bank account reporting obligations. She is also experienced in planning for various tax issues, including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, estate planning, sales and use tax, and cross-border taxation.

Areas of Practice

  • IRS penalties, examinations, appeals, and other federal tax controversies
  • Business planning
  • Estate planning
  • Taxation of mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, and liquidations
  • International tax planning
  • FATCA and foreign bank account reporting compliance
  • State and local tax controversies
  • Sales and use tax planning
  • Business and commercial law
  • Transactions
  • Probate


  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 2011
    • Managing Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Legislation
    • Dedication Award for the most pro bono service hours (leadership role in IRS VITA low-income tax clinic at United Way of St. Joseph County) of any Notre Dame Law School student           
  • B.B.A. (International Business, minor Finance), B.A. (Government, minor French), The University of Texas at Austin, 2007
    • University Honors and Liberal Arts Dean’s List
    • National Merit Scholarship
    • Texas Interscholastic League Foundation Scholarship
    • IES Abroad Nantes semester intensive French language immersion program, 2006 
    • University of Texas CIBER Summer Program in Business Law, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2005

Affiliations and Certifications

Licensed to Practice Law in the State of Texas, 2011

State Bar of Texas Tax Section

Houston Young Lawyers Association

Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas, 2014

Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants

Houston Society of Certified Public Accountants

Diplôme de français professionnel – Affaires A1 [certificate in professional & business French], Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris, high honors

Achievements and Community Involvement

Texas Exes Life Member

National Organization for Women – Houston Area

Houston Grand Opera Young Patrons Circle

Houston Grand Opera O.N. Young Professionals

Finisher, Chevron Houston Marathon