Steve has been a partner in the firm since 1999 and currently serves as a member of the management committee. He primarily represents businesses in complex civil litigation. He has assisted businesses in courtrooms across the country and in arbitration forums to resolve a wide variety of disputes, including those concerning contracts and general business issues, environmental issues, trademark issues, trade secret issues, and employment matters.
Obtained defense verdict after a two and a half week jury trial in which a major gas marketer sought $50 million, claiming an index replacement clause had been triggered;
Successfully defended five weeks of arbitration in a case involving allegations that a major refinery overcharged its customer ten million dollars for steam under a shared services agreement;
Successfully pursued engineering, design and construction firm and its insurers through six weeks of arbitration in a case involving the design and construction of a 50 megawatt cogeneration facility;
Successfully defended a dependent administrator in a two week adversary trial involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty;
Successfully defended condominium developer in jury trial brought by homeowner association involving allegations of construction defects;
Successfully defended major oil company through a week and a half jury trial in an age and race discrimination case;
Successfully defended locally owned bank through a week long jury trial in an age discrimination case;
Successfully defended major refinery in an H2S exposure case in which the plaintiff alleged that the exposure resulted in his being in a permanent vegetative state;
In a pro bono matter, filed amicus brief on behalf of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf in a case involving the refusal to provide appropriate accommodations to a medical student with a profound hearing loss.
Education and Professional Background
Louisiana State University in Shreveport, B.S. cum laude in economics 1987 (Outstanding Economics Graduate Award, Omicron Delta Kappa)
Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1990 (leading articles editor of The International Lawyer)
Admitted to practice: Texas, 199, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, United States Supreme Court; U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas.
Activities and Affiliations
American Bar Association - Litigation Section, Committee on Corporate Counsel
Houston Bar Association Litigation Section - President, VP, Secretary Treasurer
Texas Bar Foundation
Texas Supreme Court Historical Society
Red Mass Planning Committee - 2009 - present
St. Thomas More Society of Galveston-Houston - President
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Houston Ear Research Foundation
Auditory Verbal International
American Cochlear Implant Alliance - Board Member
Publications and Presentations
"When to Hire Appellate Counsel and How to Use Them" co-author with Richard A. Schwartz, CLE - July 2011
"Preservation of Error in the Trial Court," co-author with Richard Hogan, HBA Litigation Section Seminar - May 2007
"Ethical Jeopardy," HBA Litigation Section Seminar - May 2004
"Recent Developments in the Law, 1999, Effect on the Marine Industry"
"Insurance Coverage Disputes, an Overview," University of Houston, 1999
Civic and Charitable
First Vice President, Board of Directors of Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a non-profit organization that is a lifelong resource, support network and advocate for listening, learning, talking and living independently with hearing loss. (2005 - 2008).
President of Auditory-Verbal International Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching deaf children how to listen and speak (2003 - 2005); Secretary and member of the Board of Directors of Auditory-Verbal International, Inc. (1998 - 2005).
Children's Rights Coordinator for the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (2001 - 2005).
Member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Center for Hearing and Speech (1999 - 2005); Co-chair of the Annual Gala for the Houston Center for Hearing and Speech (2002).
Member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Ear Research Foundation (2000 - present).
Member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church; Faith Formation Teacher (2004 - 2005); Member of Pastoral Council (2005 - 2007).
Member of The Galveston Houston St. Thomas More Society; Secretary/Treasurer (2009 - present).
- Year Joined Organization:
- Areas of Practice:
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Securities Fraud and related Accounting Issues
- Oil and Gas, Real Estate and other Business Related Disputes
- Insurance and Insurance Coverage Issues
- Lender Liability
- Litigation Percentage:
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Bar Admissions:
- Texas, 1990
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court District of Nebraska
- Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1990
Law Review: International Lawyer, Leading Articles Editor, 1989
- Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA, USA, 1987
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Outstanding Economics Graduate
- Past Employment Positions:
- Andrews & Kurth, L.L.P.
- Omicron Delta Kappa
- Birth Information:
- 1965, Elgin, Illinois, United States of America