Former McAllen City Attorney Joins BHDA

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP is pleased to announce that former McAllen City Attorney Kevin D. Pagan has joined the municipal law team as Of Counsel in the Firm’s Rio Grande Valley office.

“We are proud to welcome Kevin to our firm and practice,” said managing partner Emily W. Rogers. “His vast experience in municipal law along with his civic and community involvement will benefit our clients throughout Texas as well as being a great addition to our team.”

For more than 14 years, Mr. Pagan served as the City of McAllen’s chief legal advisor. During this time, he oversaw the operations of the City’s legal department, which included a team of municipal prosecutors and general counsel attorneys, legal personnel, and administrative staff. Mr. Pagan led the department in a wide range of issues including economic development, voting rights and elections, governance and compliance, and labor and employment matters among many others. During his tenure, the City transitioned from a third party “insured” risk system to a “self-insured” system, saving taxpayers some $800,000 each year. In addition, Mr. Pagan led the City’s collective bargaining teams, successfully negotiating more than a dozen collective bargaining agreements with the City’s Fire and Police Associations. In addition to his role as City Attorney, Mr. Pagan concurrently served as the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator.

Mr. Pagan had a lengthy career with the City of McAllen, first serving as Assistant City Attorney, then as Deputy City Attorney during the span of 1994-2006 before assuming the role of City Attorney from 2006-2021. After retiring as City Attorney, he most recently worked with the City of Mercedes as their Interim City Manager from January to April of this year. He also currently serves as the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Baptist Temple Church, a large multi-site church in South Texas.

Along with his legal career, Mr. Pagan has been highly involved in state and local civic and community initiatives. He was appointed by former Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee; is a former member, vice-chairman, and chairman of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicle’s Board, appointed by former Governors Rick Perry and George W. Bush; and is a Major in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol) where he earned the Charles W. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Achievement Award. Mr. Pagan is also an executive committee member of the Stark College and Seminary Board of Trustees.

He received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1986 and his B.S. in Accounting from Arkansas State University in 1983, as well as a Master of Arts in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2019.