Partner / Trial Lawyer
Steve was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1997 and the Oklahoma State Bar in 2005. Steve knew after his first experience in front of a judge and jury that he had found his calling. His areas of practice include general civil and commercial litigation, employment litigation, transportation litigation, construction disputes, insurance litigation, product liability and personal injury. Steve has represented small businesses, large corporations, insurance companies, insureds and individuals. He has a strong record of success. He has handled complex general litigation matters in Texas and across the nation.
Steve has prevailed on his clients’ behalf in jury trials involving commercial disputes, trucking accidents, premises defects and personal injury claims. He has tried commercial and contractual disputes to the bench. He has also prevailed on his clients’ behalf in numerous arbitrations involving commercial contract, employment and construction issues.
Steve’s practice involves a wide range of clients including individuals, small businesses, large privately held businesses and publicly traded businesses. His litigation-based practice includes prosecuting and defending claims for his clients on numerous issues including, employment litigation, Fair Labor Standards Act claims (collective action and individual), contract and non-compete disputes, insurance coverage, administrative law (EEOC, STAA, OSHA, and state unemployment tax matters), construction litigation, sworn account and debt collection disputes, trucking litigation (wrongful death/catastrophic injury), workers’ compensation and non-subscriber litigation, wrongful death litigation, product liability litigation, and premises liability. Steve has litigated and/or arbitrated cases in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, and Illinois.
Prior to entering the field of law, Steve gained invaluable practical experience in the construction industry. He worked for over fifteen years in the carpentry and electrical fields for himself and others. This practical experience, coupled with his legal experience, provides him with the unique ability to analyze employment, commercial and construction-related issues for his clients from a legal and practical “real life” perspective. His clients have also benefited from his ability to present their case to a jury in a straight-forward, understandable and practical manner.
- State Bar of Texas;
- State Bar of Oklahoma;
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit;
- US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas;
- US District Court for the Western District of Texas;
- US District Court for the Northern District of Texas;
- US District Court for the Southern District of Texas;
- US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
- State Bar of Texas
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
- Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Texas
- Labor and Employment Law Section of Oklahoma Bar Association
- Critical Health Connection, Inc. v. Texas Workforce Com’n., 338 S.W. 3d 758, Unempl.Ins.Rep. (CCH) P 8482 (Tex.App. – Austin 2011)(appeared and briefed for Amicus Curiae FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. whose briefing was followed by the Court)
- Montoya v. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., 614 F.3d 145 (5th Cir. 2010)
- In re Dallas Nat. Ins. Co., 2010 WL 2432097 (Tex.App. – Corpus Christi 2010, original proceeding)
- Jackson v. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., 2008 WL 1867931 (Tex.App. – Fort Worth 2008)
- In re Mendoza, 83 S.W. 3d 233 (Tex.App. – Corpus Christi 2002, original proceeding)(appeared and briefed for real party in interest Central Freight Lines, Inc. whose briefing was followed by the Court)