Stephen B. Paxson
Steve 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.
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.
EducationSt. Mary's University (J.D., with distinction, 1974)
University of Texas at El Paso (B.A., 1968)
Admitted1980, District of Columbia
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
AffiliationsState Bar of Texas (Litigation and Construction Law Sections)
Houston Bar Association (Litigation and Construction Law Sections)
Greater Houston Builders Association
- Volume Builders Council
- Custom Builders Council
- Remodelers Council
- 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 International Builders Show sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders
- Half Moon Seminars, June 2007: Contracts for Engineers and Contractors
- The Basic Course in Construction Law sponsored by Texas Institute of CLE, October 25 and 26, 2007: Subcontractor Agreements
- University of Texas School of Law 2006 Conference on the Use of Experts in Construction Law and litigation, A Guide for Attorneys, Engineers, and Architects: Recent Cases Affecting Construction Disputes
- State Bar of Texas Residential Real Estate Construction Law Course, February 18 and 25, 2005
- 2004 Construction Law Conference sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law: Residential Construction Contracts
- South Texas College of Law 1998 Real Estate Law Course and Construction Law Section of the Houston Bar Association: Custom Home Construction Contracts
- 10th Annual Conference on the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law: Settlements under the Residential Construction liability Act
- Greater Houston Builders Association (numerous seminars on contracts and dispute resolution)
PublicationsW. 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 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.Connect with Mark on
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.
EDUCATIONUniversity of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas (J.D., with honors, 2002)
University of Houston (B.A., with honors, 1997 – English)
AFFILIATIONSState Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association
Greater Houston Builder’s Association
Corpus Christi Bar Association