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Steve received his undergraduate degree in Business from Texas Tech University in 1976, a Masters of Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University in 1977 and his law degree from South Texas College of Law in 1980.
He is among a distinguished and select number of lawyers in Texas who are board certified in three specific areas of practice, signifying high levels of education and experience in these fields. Steve is board certified in personal injury trial law and civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Also, he has achieved national certification in civil trial law from The National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Steve is often recognized by his peers and by outside organizations for excellence in the practice of law, and that recognition began early in his career. The Texas Young Lawyers Association selected Steve as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas in 1988 from among the more than 20,000 lawyers under 35 years of age practicing at that time. He was also selected as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Tarrant County that same year.
He has been voted as one of the top 100 "Texas Super Lawyers" and featured in Texas Monthly magazine. Steve has been selected an "Attorney of Influence" by his peers as published in the Fort Worth Business Press and recognized by the legal community as both the Top Personal Injury Attorney and Top Medical Malpractice Attorney in Tarrant County in a survey conducted by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine for six consecutive years , starting in 2005. There are 80,000 licensed attorneys in the state of Texas, so being named as one of the Top 100 is truly an honor. Steve is the past President and a charter member of the Eldon Mahon Chapter of the Fort Worth Inn of Court and served as President of the Fort Worth Chapter and the State Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and as President of the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association. He has also served as a Director of the Tarrant County Bar Association.
A recipient of the "Professionalism Award" given annually by the College of the State Bar of Texas and by Terrant County, Steve has been a member of the State Bar of Texas Referral Fee Task Force Committee and has chaired the State Bar of Texas Advertising Review Committee. He has also served on the State Bar of Texas Professional Ethics Committee and Pattern Jury Charge Committee. Steve has been a Director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association for many years and has chaired numerous committees in that organization.
At the national level, Steve is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics for legal and business conferences. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is also a Founding Member of the Academy of Trial Advocacy, a group of national attorneys representing plaintiffs who share information, ideas and skills in order to attempt to achieve the best possible results for their clients.
Steve is married and has three children. He received the United States Army Commendation Medal
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