Jim Popp is the Managing Partner of Popp Hutcheson and leader of the Legislative Affairs Team.
Jim started his property tax career in 1979 as counsel to the Ways and Means Committee of the Texas House of Representatives. In this position, he was responsible for drafting and explaining many sections of the Texas Property Tax Code during its initial codification in 1979, and its substantial revision in 1981. He then served with the Office of General Counsel of the State Property Tax Board during the implementation period of the Property Tax Code.
Since entering private practice, Jim has been involved in the successful resolution of over 7000 property tax lawsuits as well as the drafting of numerous items of legislation in the state of Texas. These include the equal and uniform statute, and the attorney's fee for property owners statute. Jim has authored articles published in National Real Estate Investor, Real Estate Forum, GlobeSt.com, Hotel Investor, The Journal of Property Tax Management, and the Texas Bar Journal.
Jim is a member of the Institute of Professionals in Taxation (IPT), the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals (TAPTP) and the Property Tax Subsection of the Texas State Bar Association. He was instrumental in the creation of TAPTP and the State Bar Property Tax Subsection.
Jim received his B.A. with Honors, M.P.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Texas.
Mark Hutcheson is a Managing Principal and leads the Case Resolution Team of Popp Hutcheson.
Mark is an active member of the Institute of Professionals in Taxation (IPT), and was one of the first attorneys to achieve the CMI designation. He serves on the IPT Property Tax Advanced Academy, and IPT's CMI Designation Committee.
Prior to joining Popp Hutcheson, Mark gained trial and governmental relations experience as an associate with the Austin office of Baker Botts. During his tenure at Baker Botts, the majority of his practice was devoted to complex civil litigation, representing publicly-held corporations, energy companies, and other businesses in a variety of commercial disputes. The remainder of Mark's practice involved lobbying activities before the Texas Legislature on behalf of several businesses and organizations, including the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals.
Mark served as a legislative assistant to former Speaker Gib Lewis and Representative Bob Glaze in the Texas House of Representatives, and was an aide to Congressman Pete Geren in the United States Congress.
Mark received a B.A. from the University of Texas in 1992, and graduated magna cum laude from Baylor Law School in 1996. While in law school, Mark participated in a variety of trial and appellate advocacy competitions and served as Managing Editor of the Baylor Law Review.
Mark is admitted to practice in Texas and before the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. He is member of the Travis County Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. Mark also proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.
Gilbert Davila is a Principal, and provides a wide range of service to his clients, including advocacy at administrative hearings (ARB's) as well as litigation negotiation and settlement. His current area of concentration is multi-family and low-income housing properties, as well as representing shopping centers, office buildings, mini-storage facilities and freestanding retail.
Gilbert received his B.A. from Rice University in 1994. At Rice, Gilbert double majored in English and Managerial Studies and was on the President's Honor Roll. Gilbert received his J.D. from the University of Texas, where he was an active member of the Student Recruitment Committee, Hispanic Law Student's Association and Research Editor for the Hispanic Law Journal.
Gilbert joined Popp & Hutcheson in 1998 and has become a frequent speaker at professional seminars and conferences. Gilbert also instructs various property tax law courses across the state and is a frequent author of property tax related articles which have been featured in numerous national publications including National Real Estate Investor, Apartment Finance Today and Affordable Housing Finance.
Gilbert is a Registered Senior Property Tax Consultant in Texas and is a member of the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals, and several bar associations. Gilbert was named a 2006 Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star.
David Hugin is a Principal, and leads the litigation and appellate practices of the firm, while also serving as the firm's in-house General Counsel.
After law school, David clerked for the Honorable John Cornyn, Justice, Supreme Court of Texas, and then joined Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP in Dallas. After Justice Cornyn became Texas Attorney General, David returned to public service (1999-2000) as an Assistant Attorney General. David then joined Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C. in its Austin office where he later became a Shareholder. His practice at Winstead consisted of a variety of complex administrative and commercial litigation matters, including property tax.
David serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the State Bar of Texas' Appellate Advocate. He is a member of the Austin and Dallas Bar Associations, as well as the American Bar Association and its litigation section. He is licensed to practice in all state and federal district courts in Texas, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
David received his B.A. from the University of Texas, cum laude, in 1990. David's J.D. is also from the University of Texas, where he was an associate editor of the Texas Law Review, as well as a three-time winner of intramural mock trial competitions. He also received Dean's achievement awards for receiving the highest grades in three different classes.
Darlene Sullivan is active in the firm's case management, with a heavy emphasis on negotiation and settlement. She has represented a broad range of properties, and her current area of practice includes both real and personal properties with an emphasis on retail centers and manufacturing sites. In 2006, Darlene was named a 2006 Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star.
Darlene attended Duke University as an undergraduate student and received her BA in History with Honors in 1998. Darlene received her legal education at The University of Texas School of Law and was awarded her JD in 2001. While in law school, Darlene was Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law.
Darlene is a frequent speaker at tax industry seminars and has served as instructor of the property tax law course for the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals. Darlene is a member of the American Property Tax Counsel, and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation.
The mother of three, Darlene is an avid college basketball fan and also spends many weekends conducting informal inspections of the retail centers she represents. In addition, Darlene enjoys cooking gourmet meals and is a volunteer of the Duke University Alumni Admissions Program which conducts interviews with prospective students. Darlene is a member of All Saint's Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.
Greg Hart joined Popp Hutcheson in 2013. He represents a broad range of properties including real and personal property. Greg has spent his entire career litigating the value of real estate in Texas. He has represented his clients in administrative hearings, in District Court, at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), and at the Court of Appeals. Greg has spoken at seminars and is a Certified Property Tax Law Instructor for the Texas Comptroller.
Greg received his bachelor's degree from Saint Edward's University in 1999 and received his juris doctorate from Saint Mary's University School of Law in 2002. While at Saint Mary's Greg participated in the External Advocacy Program competing against law schools throughout the country in mock trial, winning a state invitational championship in 2001. Greg was a member of the Saint Mary's Board of Advocates and was selected to the national honors organization, The Order of Barristers. He was also a two-time Dean's Leadership Award recipient, a member of Phi Delta Phi and was a student teacher for Legal Research & Writing. Upon graduation, Greg was hired as an Honors Attorney by then Texas Attorney General John Cornyn. After over seven years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Transportation Division, Greg spent the next several years as in-house counsel for the Travis Central Appraisal District before joining the firm.
Melissa Ramirez is a Director, and Senior Associate at Popp, Gray and Hutcheson. Melissa graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1997, and earned her JD from The University of Texas in 2000.
Melissa previously practiced with the Austin law firm Lloyd Gosselink Blevins Rochelle & Townsend in the area of public utilities regulation. Since joining Popp Hutcheson, Melissa has represented retail, hotel, banking and other commercial real estate clients. Her current focus is on complex industrial property litigation. She is an active member of the State Bar of Texas, Austin Bar Association, and the Austin Young Lawyers Association.
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Firm Information Popp Hutcheson PLLC, believes that in the selection of property tax representation: ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
Popp Hutcheson devotes its practice to the representation of taxpayers in the reduction of property taxes. We believe that property tax professionals should be ethical and honest in all facets of performance. We also believe we should be as well educated in valuation as in the law. We believe that better service comes through better communication with our clients.
Popp Hutcheson began in 1983, and is the largest firm of its kind in the United States. With 9 attorneys, 13 tax professionals and a terrific support staff; our goal is to provide unmatched depth of experience, passion and communication.
Popp Hutcheson is one of the few law firms that provide true full service: with "start to finish" property tax representation at the appraisal review board, the district court, the appellate courts and at the legislature. This start to finish representation is provided by a unique blend of lawyers and tax professionals.
We are well versed in appraisal theory and practice based upon experience and training, appraisal course work, and the services of an advisory MAI led appraisal firm. We have published many property tax articles which, thru peer review, and industry scrutiny, provide an indication of the depth of PGH's knowledge. We have spent untold hours drafting legislation and lobbying on behalf of property taxpayers.
These actions, which distinguish us from others, make Popp Hutcheson: The Property Tax Firm of Texas.
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