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Steven R. Rech 
Partner
phone 713-752-0017
877-752-2477
fax 713-752-0327
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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. 

Representative Experience

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:
1997
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
Nebraska
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
Education:
Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1990
J.D.
Law Review: International Lawyer, Leading Articles Editor, 1989


Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA, USA, 1987
B.S.
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Outstanding Economics Graduate
Major:  Economics


Past Employment Positions:
Andrews & Kurth, L.L.P.


Fraternities/Sororities:
Omicron Delta Kappa
Birth Information:
1965, Elgin, Illinois, United States of America

Office Location

Schwartz, Junell,
Greenberg & Oathout, LLP

Two Houston Center
909 Fannin Street, Suite 2700
Houston, Texas 77010

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713-752-0327 Fax

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