Steve represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial lawsuits, including shareholder disputes, breach of contract, fraud, qui tam and intellectual property controversies. His experience also includes matters involving offshore oil and gas deferred and lost production, downhole blowouts and other energy sector casualty claims, congressional and administrative regulatory matters.
Before receiving his undergraduate degree, Steve served as a communications specialist in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service. After completing active duty, he served in the Reserves until 1977. While in college, Steve was a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Served as lead counsel in the BP oil spill litigation and guided the drilling contractor through crisis management and regulatory issues following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Represented London insurers in litigation involving $30-plus million business interruption and loss of production income (LOPI) under an energy package policy.
Resolved favorably a $400 million insurance coverage dispute and rigs-to-reef applications after five rigs sunk in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of insurance law (2010-2017)
Selected as a Texas Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2010-2017)
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of admiralty & maritime law and personal injury litigation - defendants (1995-2018)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Texas
Member, Houston Bar Association
Member, International Association of Drilling Contractors
Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States
Former Member, Admiralty and Maritime Committee
Personal Injury Committee, Maritime Law Association of the United States
Member, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
Member, National Advisory Committee of the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute
Member, Planning Committee of the University of Texas Admiralty Law Symposium
Adjunct Professor of civil trial advocacy, University of Houston
Former Co-Editor, Longshore Section, Maritime Adviser's Maritime Personal Injury Report
Member, Houston Mariners Club
Founder and Board Member, Archway Academy
Founding Member, Cornerstone Recovery
Member, Board of Directors, Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association