Steve’s vast experience and success in complex litigation solidify him as one of the most accomplished commercial litigators in the country. He has successfully represented numerous high-profile clients across a wide array of complex commercial litigation areas, including prominent billionaires, Fortune 100 corporations, professional athletes, high-profile celebrities and world-renowned actors. Mr. Stodghill is an Eagle Scout with a Silver Palm, the highest rank in Scouting.
Steve Stodghill is a litigation partner in the firm’s Dallas office, where he also serves as hiring partner and as head of office business development. Steve also serves on the firm’s compensation committee. His practice emphasizes all aspects of complex litigation. Steve served as Team Counsel for the Dallas Mavericks from 2000 to 2002. He was a Founding Partner at Lynn, Stodghill, Melsheimer & Tillotson (which the Texas Monthly described in a 1998 article “Top Guns” as the “Navy Seals” of litigation), working with the firm from 1993 to 2000. He also served as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Ralph M. Hall in 1985, as an associate with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld from 1987 to 1993, and as a Partner at Fish & Richardson from 2000 to 2017.
In addition to being chief litigation counsel to Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks for over 20 years, Steve has previously represented the interests of over 20 billionaires and other high-net worth individuals, including Todd Wagner, Tom Hicks, Lamar Hunt, Trammell Crow, Phil Romano, Richard Rogers, Tim Headington, Gerald Ford, John Rochon, the Wilks Brothers and multiple members of the Al Rajhi family. Steve has also represented Alex Rodriguez (former 14 time MLB All Star and 3 time MVP), Jeff Frye (Texas Rangers’ shortstop), Carrie Prejean (former Miss California and first runner-up Miss USA) and her husband, Kyle Boller (quarterback Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders), actor Judge Reinhold, David Yarrow (world’s top photographer), Vince Young (quarterback, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles), Michael Brockers (defensive end, St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions), and Jonathan Scott (former offensive tackle, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburg Steelers). Steve has also represented multiple Real Housewives of Dallas, nationally syndicated radio host Glenn Beck, Jeremy Lock (seven time Military Photojournalist of the Year), two former Playmates of the Year, and Miss Teen Texas. Steve has represented numerous prominent companies, including Yahoo!, Bank One, Zurich Financial, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Alcatel, Guaranty Federal Bank, Trammell Crow, Texaco, Xerox, Sabre, Eljer Industries, Qwest, Hunt Asset Management, Callaway Golf, Dean Foods, Fossil, broadcast.com, Richmont, U.S. Risk, Generation Partners, Prophet Equity, Comerica Bank, PlainsCapital Bank, AdvoCare, Worldwide Express, Cook Children’s Hospital, and Driscoll Children’s Hospital in significant litigation matters.
Steve has traveled to 88 countries on all 7 continents.
TEXAS PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION
In September 2019, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Steve Stodghill to the Texas Public Safety Commission for a term running through January 1, 2024.
The Commission oversees the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), the agency responsible for statewide planning and policy formation regarding the enforcement of criminal, traffic, and safety laws; crime prevention; and law and public safety education. With an annual budget of $1.2 billion, TxDPS employs 11,000 across 13 divisions including the Texas Rangers, Texas Highway Patrol, Driver License, Regulatory Licensing, and Intelligence and Counterterrorism. In addition, the Commission interfaces with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Department of Defense, and similar federal agencies, while advising the Governor in responding to state emergencies such as natural disasters, mass shootings, insurrections, invasions, and acts of terrorism.
Steve is the latest notable attorney to be appointed to the Commission. Recent members have included former Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson, Judge Ada Brown of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Judge Jason Pulliam of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, and former Texas Secretaries of State John Steen and Carlos Cascos.
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