Attorneys



Lowell T. Cage 

  Lowell T. Cage obtained his J.D. degree from Baylor University in 1971 and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas the same year. He is a partner of the firm and has more than 40 years’ experience in the bankruptcy field of practice, serving as a bankruptcy trustee, trustee of liquidating trusts, counsel for trustees, counsel for debtors, and counsel for creditors and other parties-in-interest. Since 1974, Mr. Cage has served as Trustee in over 20,000 cases.  Mr. Cage has recovered and administered a wide variety of non-exempt business and personal property assets in a wide spectrum of individual and business cases, including chemical companies, fabricating companies, manufacturing companies, real estate development, oil and gas companies, printing companies, a bulk mail company,  grocery stores, clothing stores, restaurants, used car dealers, and professional associations and corporations.

  713-789-0500 x 8316


Joseph M. Hill

  Joseph M. Hill was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1976, and since such time has devoted a substantial portion of his time in the bankruptcy field of practice, serving as a bankruptcy trustee since 1976, counsel for trustees, debtors, creditors, creditor committees, purchasers of bankruptcy assets and other parties in interest. Mr. Hill has administered thousands of Chapter 7 cases. These have ranged in complexity from simple nominal asset cases to cases distributing in excess of $10 million to creditors. He has served as trustee for many “creditor trusts” established under confirmed Chapter 11 plans. These trusts include responsibility for supervising complex and substantial litigation claims. Mr. Hill participated in the largest bankruptcy case ever filed in the United States at that time – Worldcom – by filing and litigating to a successful conclusion a claim for $1 billion (believed to be the largest unsecured claim filed in the case.) He is often hired by other lawyers to handle complex bankruptcy matters and has testified as a bankruptcy expert witness in litigation on numerous occasions. Mr. Hill is a partner in the firm and is board certified in the area of business bankruptcy by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the American Board of Certification.

  713-789-0500 x 8317


Ronald R. Niehaus

  Ronald R. Niehaus was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1969, and has been a partner of Cage, Hill & Niehaus, L.L.P. since its inception. He graduated from Rice University and University of Texas Law School. Mr. Niehaus concentrates mainly in corporate and commercial law, real estate, wills, trusts and estates and probate administration. His clients include business owners and businesses of all sizes and he has acted as counsel to bankruptcy trustees in hundreds of cases involving real estate and commercial law issues.


  713-789-0500 x 8318


Michael Duncan

  Michael Duncan was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1984 and has been associated with Cage, Hill & Niehaus, L.L.P. since that time. Mr. Duncan is a partner in Cage, Hill & Niehaus, L.L.P. Mr. Duncan’s primary area of practice is civil litigation. He is board certified in civil litigation by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. In addition to Texas, Mr. Duncan is admitted to practice law in New York and Colorado. He is also admitted to practice in the Southern, Northern and Eastern District Courts of Texas, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

  713-789-0500 x 8319


Theresa Mobley

  Theresa Mobley has over 25 years’ experience representing clients in bankruptcy, business restructuring, insolvency matters, and out-of-court restructuring.  Ms. Mobley has represented trustees in hundreds of bankruptcy cases, ranging in complexity from marshalling and liquidation of estate assets to complex litigation involving the prosecution and recovery of transfers to hundreds of claimants in Ponzi schemes, as well as individuals and businesses in chapter 7 liquidation and chapter 11 business reorganization cases. Prior to joining Cage, Hill & Niehaus L.L.P., Ms. Mobley was Senior Counsel with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the Bankruptcy and Litigation Management Sections of its Field and Regional Offices.  She is a member of the Bankruptcy Sections of the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association.  Ms. Mobley serves as an Executive Committee member of the Arthur L. Moller – David B. Foltz Jr. American Inns of Court and is admitted to practice in the Southern, Northern, Western and Eastern District Courts of Texas and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Timothy L. Wentworth

tim   Timothy L. Wentworth was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1987, and has been  practicing bankruptcy law since 1988. Mr. Wentworth has been involved in all aspects of the bankruptcy practice representing debtors, creditors and other parties in connection with chapter 7, chapter 11 and chapter 13 cases. Most of his practice has been the representation of Trustees in bankruptcy. Mr. Wentworth has extensive experience in every aspect of administration of chapter 7 estates, from routine liquidation of estate assets to complex matters involving avoidance of preferential and fraudulent transfers. Prior to entering into private practice, Mr. Wentworth served as law clerk to the Honorable United States Bankruptcy Judge Letitia Z. Paul. Mr. Wentworth is admitted to practice in the Southern, Western and Northern District Courts of Texas and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

  713-789-0500 x 8320


Vianey Garza

  Vianey Garza was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November 2012.   She graduated magna cum laude from South Texas College of Law.  Ms. Garza’s primary practice involves representing chapter 7 trustees in both consumer and business cases and representing individuals and companies in chapter 7 liquidation cases.  She has also prosecuted numerous bankruptcy appeals before the U.S. District Court and Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is a member of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Bankruptcy Section of the Houston Bar Association and the Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers, and serves on the Executive Committee  of the Arthur L. Moller – David B. Foltz Jr. American Inns of Court. Ms. Garza is admitted to practice in the Southern District Courts of Texas.

  713-789-0500 x 8301


Of Counsel:

Charles E. Long

  Charles E. Long obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and a law degree from University of Houston in 1978.  Since 1979 his client representations have covered virtually every aspect of insolvency practice, particularly evidentiary hearings and trials.  Mr. Long is admitted to every federal district court in Texas and to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He has been certified in business and consumer bankruptcy law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since the certifications first became attainable. He is member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas, Arthur L. Moller – David B. Foltz Jr. American Inns of Court, and the Bankruptcy Section of the Houston Bar Association.  Mr. Long is of counsel to the Firm.

  713-789-0500 x 8307