Practice Areas


Lowell T. Cage and Joseph M. Hill have each served on the panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the Southern District of Texas for more than 35 years.  As bankruptcy trustees, Lowell T. Cage and Joseph M. Hill are in the position of intimately understanding the workings of the various Bankruptcy Courts and other bankruptcy trustees and are known not only to the Bankruptcy Courts but also to other bankruptcy counsel in Harris County and throughout the state.  Cage, Hill & Niehaus, L.L.P. also represents debtors in bankruptcies including Chapter 7 liquidation cases and Chapter 11 reorganization cases as well as creditors and creditor groups seeking to protect and enforce their rights in such cases.    As a result the firm has extensive experience in handling all aspects of business and commercial bankruptcies.  Joseph M. Hill is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the American Board of Certification; and Charles E. Long is Board Certified in Consumer and Business Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Cage, Hill and Niehaus, L.L.P. is a respected litigation firm handling trials, appeals, arbitrations and mediations. The firm prides itself for its effective and cost efficient litigation services. Over its history the firm has developed an outstanding reputation for the results it achieves. The firm’s litigation partner, Michael Duncan, has been with the firm since its inception. Mr. Duncan is board certified by both the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy in the area of civil litigation.  Over the past decades, Mr. Duncan and the firm’s staff  successfully litigated numerous complex lawsuits and appeals in both the state and federal courts. The firm is experienced in the prosecution and defense of actions related to bankruptcy, construction, energy, healthcare, insurance, employment, personal injury, fraud, real estate, contract breaches and other forms of business and commercial litigation.


The firm has a strong history in the representation of the city’s mortgage lenders, financial institutions and individuals in the area of real estate law.  Such representation has ranged from the preparation of loan closing documents and regulation compliance monitoring to foreclosure and eviction services and assistance with individual buyers or sellers. Members of the firm have years of experience in representing a variety of business and commercial enterprises.  The firm’s capabilities cover a broad range of services to business clients, from start up, contract negotiation, employee relations, business agreements, and buy-sell contracts through sale, dissolution or winding up.

Real Estate 

Cage, Hill & Niehaus L.L.P.'s attorneys have worked on all types of commercial real estate transactions, including sales, purchases, and financing of office buildings, apartment complexes, retail shopping centers, hotels, leasehold estates, and mixed use developments. The firm also negotiates leases of residential and commercial properties and works with all interested parties to provide practical advice and solutions to real estate projects.

Estate  Planning & Probate Administration

Cage, Hill & Niehaus, L.L.P.’s attorneys have extensive experience in handling complex trust and estate planning needs. Members of the firm carefully prepare wills, trust agreements, and business entity structures, and every type of documentation related to wills and family trusts. The firm also represents executors or administrators in probate court proceedings including the identification and collection of assets, payment of liabilities and taxes, and distribution of estate property. Members of the firm also provide counsel in any litigation arising during the administration of an estate such as will contests or actions brought against estate representatives.