Steve Carlin is the Managing Shareholder of GT's Dallas office and previously served for six years as head of the Dallas litigation practice.
Strategy and Experience. By making his client's case simply and persuasively, Steve solves highly complex business problems quickly and cost-effectively. Steve understands that clients do not seek out lengthy, expensive and risky litigation. With over 25 years' practical experience in preparing, trying and appealing business cases of every kind, Steve is able to quickly marshal the critical facts and law to create strategies to bring disputes to a fast and fiscally responsible close.
Financial Services. Steve's practice focuses in part on the financial services industry, ranging from investor arbitrations to asset-based financing disputes, to mutual fund and class action securities matters.
Complex Business Systems and Intellectual Property. Steve also concentrates on litigating complex business systems disputes, namely the sale, licensing, installation and operation of large-scale hardware, software, manufacturing and distribution systems, with a particular emphasis on data security and breach disputes, theft of trade secrets, enforcement of non-competes and defective products.
Steve's litigation practice is national. He has tried and resolved numerous cases before federal district, appellate, and bankruptcy courts, state trial and appellate courts, and arbitration panels throughout the United States.
Steve represents a wide variety of clients, including national and regional commercial and investment banks, mortgage servicers, securities broker/dealers, insurance companies, complex equipment manufacturers, technology vendors, global consumer products companies and otherFortune 100 companies.
As managing shareholder of GT's Dallas office, Steve oversees 40+ lawyers and an equivalent number of business staff.
Areas of Concentration
· Banking and financial institution disputes, including securitization, individual and institutional investment and mortgage servicing matters
· Federal and state securities law claims
- Broker/dealer investor arbitrations
- Class action defense
· Data and Security Breach disputes
· Misappropriation of trade secrets
· Enforcement of non-competition agreements
· Complex Business Systems disputes: hardware and software sales, installation and upgrades, manufacturing and distribution systems sales, installation and operation disputes
· Unfair competition and deceptive trade practices claims
· Fiduciary responsibilities of corporate directors and officers
· M&A/business dissolution disputes
Professional & Community Involvement
· Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
· Member, American Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2013
- Corporate Counsel (Business Edition), 2008-2010
· Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5
Financial Services and Securities
· Represented global bank through pretrial and obtained settlement of $100+ million claims involving insurance of securitized bonds. (2010-2012)
· Defended and obtained settlement on $30+ million fraud, tortious interference and negligent misrepresentation claims on behalf of a global real estate firm by tenant-in-common investor group. (2010-2012)
· Regularly represented national broker/dealer via arbitration or settlement of numerous multimillion-dollar securities claims over failed mutual funds. (2009 through present)
· Prosecuted and obtained settlement on $75 million mortgage buyback dispute for global bank. (2006-2008)
· Arbitrated $29 million reinsurance dispute for regional insurance company against international reinsurer. (2005)
· Represented regional property and casualty insurer prosecuted multimillion-dollar D&O policy claims; settlements substantially exceeded policy limits and attorneys' fees. (2001-2004)
· Represented "Final Four" accounting firm in real estate securities litigation, obtaining complete and repeated summary judgments. (1992-1998)
Complex Business Systems
· As both plaintiff and defendant, regularly represent multibillion-dollar global consumer products company in disputes over manufacturing systems, vendor supply, operations and distribution; most resolved without litigation. All resolved without trial. (2001 through present)
· Represented global telecommunications supplier in $70+ million dispute with wireless carrier; obtained resolution within 90 days. (2011)
· Defended software integration firm against $15mm+ data security breach claims through pretrial and settlement. (2011-2013)
· Prosecuted and settled multimillion-dollar defective component claims against vendor on behalf of global HVAC manufacturer. (2008-2010)
· Argued appeal of reversal of $90 million trial verdict to 1ST District Court of Appeals in Houston concerning surety bonding of two natural gas processing plants, resulting in partial reversal for client. (November 2009)
· Represented a surety in a 4-1/2 month jury trial of $185 million dispute of SPE financing and construction of multi-state, multi-facility gas processing project. Obtained summary judgment on owner bad faith claims. Obtained verdict for surety for in amount of $20 million actual and $70 million exemplary damages against project owners. (2006)
Intellectual Property Protection
· Represented global telecommunications equipment supplier in pursuing breach of non-compete and trade secret theft claims against breakout group and competitor. Resolved without trial and within sixty days. (2012)
· Obtained settlement after taking over representation of avionics client in multimillion-dollar claims alleging theft of aviation technology trade secrets. (2007)
· Represented patent holder of ophthalmic surgical implant defending competitor's infringement claims: obtained summary judgment. (2003)
· Lead counsel in two-week trial in federal court in Camden over manufacture of Stetson and Resistol cowboy hats. (1996)
· Obtained settlements on behalf of numerous National Football League players in contract and other disputes with the Dallas Cowboys and other NFL teams, repeatedly defeating team summary judgment efforts. (1992-1998)
· Represented NFL players challenging the constitutionality of Ohio's worker's compensation statute. (1994-1996)
· Defended musician Stevie Ray Vaughan in multimillion-dollar contract dispute with former manager: settled and released for no money. (1990)
· Represented real estate developer in lender liability action against now defunct savings and loan association, resulting in a $150 million verdict after three-months of trial. (1988)
°Certain of the above representations were handled by Mr. Carlin prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
Publications & Presentations
Articles, Lectures & Publications
· Author, "Squeeze Play: Worker's Compensation and Professional Athletes," University of Miami Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, Spring 1995