Steve was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1997 and the Oklahoma State Bar in 2005. Steve knew after his first experience representing a client in front of a judge and jury that he had found his calling. His areas of practice include employment litigation, construction litigation (defective workmanship and fatality accident/catastrophic injury), insurance litigation, general civil and commercial litigation, transportation litigation, product liability and personal injury. He has handled complex general litigation matters in Texas and across the nation.
Steve has a strong record of success. He has prevailed on his clients’ behalf in jury trials involving construction related issues, 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 represents a wide range of clients including individuals, small businesses, large privately held businesses, publicly traded businesses and insurance companies. His litigation-based practice includes prosecuting and defending claims for his clients on numerous issues including, employment litigation, construction litigation, commercial litigation, Fair Labor Standards Act claims (collective action and individual), contract and non-compete disputes (injunctions and damages), insurance coverage, administrative law (DOL, EEOC, STAA, OSHA, and state unemployment tax matters), 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, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Prior to entering the field of law, Steve gained invaluable practical experience in the construction industry and in business. He worked for over fifteen years in the carpentry and electrical fields for himself and others. He has worked stints in the transportation industry, in the oil field and in steel erection. He is a journeyman level carpenter and is a licensed journeyman electrician. 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. Steve enjoys being able to utilize practical information gathered through past experience and/or current research and couple it with his legal experience in ways that create the potential for positive outcomes for clients.
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
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
Herrmann v. Goff Custom Homes, L.P., 2013 WL 4517274 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2013)(appeared and briefed for Goff Custom Homes whose briefing was followed by the Court in affirming district court decision in favor of Goff Custom Homes)
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)(appeared, briefed and argued for FedEx Ground whose briefing was followed by the Court in affirming district court decision in favor of FedEx Ground)
In re Dallas Nat. Ins. Co., 2010 WL 2432097 (Tex.App. – Corpus Christi 2010, original proceeding)(appeared and briefed application for writ of mandamus which was granted on behalf of Dallas Nat. Ins. Co.)
Jackson v. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., 2008 WL 1867931 (Tex.App. – Fort Worth 2008)(appeared, briefed and argued for FedEx Ground whose briefing was followed in affirming district court decision in favor of FedEx Ground)
In re Mendoza, 83 S.W. 3d 233 (Tex.App. – Corpus Christi 2002, original proceeding)(appeared, briefed and argued for real party in interest Central Freight Lines, Inc. whose briefing was followed by the Court in denying application for writ of mandamus filed against district court decision in favor of Central Freight Lines)