Welcome to Kirkwood and Darby OnlineSince 1936 Kirkwood and Darby, Inc. has been committed to providing its clients with the best professional representation in the ad valorem tax industry. Our purpose is to insure "fair and equal" taxation for our clients, while assuring they pay the legal minimum in property tax.
Kirkwood and Darby, Inc. actually began as a one-man practice by Verner Sherman in 1934. He was joined by Lee Kirkwood in 1936 forming the company of Sherman and Kirkwood which served exclusively the oil & gas industry. In 1940 W.J. "Butch" Darby joined the firm, and with the loss of Mr. Sherman, the company became Kirkwood and Darby. With the passing of both Lee Kirkwood and William J. Darby in the 1970s, the leadership of the company was entrusted to Gene Clark who had joined the firm in 1952. The company, no longer a partnership, incorporated in 1985. Mr. Clark passed away in 2006, and the company was taken over and is still run by two long-time employees, D. Bruce "Skip" Kongable and Debbie Welch. In February 2021, Trey Cobb, having been hired into Kirkwood and Darby, Inc. by Mr. Clark, purchased the firm from Mr. Kongable and Ms. Welch. Today, Mr. Kongable and Mr. Welch are still with the company along with Win Brown, another senior property tax consultant, along with six other support staff.
Over our 85+ year history, there have been many changes in Texas property tax laws and the way taxing jurisdictions deal with property owners. What used to be many independent appraising and taxing jurisdictions that had a great amount of latitude in dealing with their local tax issues have developed into more highly centralized and uniform taxation and appraisal bureaucracies. This has led to a more uniform and adversarial treatment of business and property owners by these appraisal districts and taxing entities. Through all the changes, one thing has remained constant at Kirkwood and Darby, Inc.; responsible, cost effective representation for you and your company on all property tax matters.