Stephen B. Paxson   

Stephen PaxsonSteve is a shareholder and President of Paxson & Associates, P.C. and has been practicing law in excess of thirty-five years.  He has been engaged in a general civil practice involving the negotiation, documentation, as well as the litigation, arbitration, and mediation of construction, banking, real estate and commercial contract matters.  After graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso, Steve served as an officer in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970.  Following the completion of his law degree, he served from 1974 to 1975 as Briefing Attorney for James G. Denton, Associate Justice for the Texas Supreme Court.

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Practice Emphasis

For almost twenty-five years, Steve’s practice has focused on the representation of parties (owners, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers) in drafting contracts and related forms and handling construction defect claims related to residential and light commercial projects, as well as providing general legal counseling and litigation avoidance strategies. Steve's litigation practice has involved arbitrations and trials in state and federal courts (including bankruptcy court) arising out of breach-of-contract actions, construction claims, real property disputes, consumer claims, banking and collection litigation, as well as employer-employee matters.


St. Mary's University (J.D., with distinction, 1974)
University of Texas at El Paso (B.A., 1968)


1980, District of Columbia
1974, Texas
U.S. Supreme Court
Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas


State Bar of Texas (Litigation and Construction Law Sections)
Houston Bar Association (Litigation and Construction Law Sections)
Greater Houston Builders Association

Speaking Engagements


W. Little & S. Paxson, Builder liability: The Implied Warranties of Good Workmanship and Habitability and the Builder's Statute of Repose, 56 TEX. B.J. (1993).

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark joined Paxson & Associates, P.C. in November 2015 after a successful career in commercial, employment, and catastrophic injury litigation as well as transactional and compliance work. He has more than 15 years of litigation experience in these fields. Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Houston in 1997. In 2000, after graduating from University of Houston Law Center, Mark took a litigation position in Houston, Texas.

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Since 2000, Mark has handled various commercial and employment litigation claims, including breach of contract, breach of warranty, product liability, fraud, negligence and indemnity claims related to various industries. Mark also handled employment related matters including discrimination, FMLA claims, breach of employment agreements, and tortious interference claims. Mark’s experience is not limited to litigation, however. He has consulted with and advised clients on issues related to compliance with United States sanctions programs and the regulations promulgated by the Office of Foreign Asset Control. Mark has advised clients regarding the hiring and termination of employees and drafted documents for minority shareholder buyouts. In addition, Mark has experience drafting promissory notes, as well as employment, security, licensing, joint venture, bailment, warehousing, and sales agreements.

Mark understands that in order to be successful, an attorney must be persistent. This means following-up on every lead, maintaining an unwavering attention to detail, and treating each case and client with respect and dedication.


University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas (J.D., with honors, 2002)
University of Houston (B.A., with honors, 1997 – English)


2000, Texas


State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association
Greater Houston Builder’s Association
Corpus Christi Bar Association