STEVEN K. DeWOLF
Co-Founding Partner

Phone: 214-954-9540
Email: sdewolf@bd-law.com

Practice Areas
■ Business Disputes
■ Directors and Officers Litigation
■ Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation
■ Employment Litigation
■ Real Estate and Construction Litigation
■ Professional Liability Matters
■ Civil Rights Disputes
■ Wind Energy Issues

Client Service Philosophy
“Clients work with me because I get things done. They appreciate my responsiveness and tenacity. They tell me that they get great value for the service and experience I deliver because my personal attention is greater and my hourly fees are lower than those charged by many major national firms for attorneys with comparable qualifications,” explains Steve DeWolf.

“I am fortunate in that I love representing individuals and companies. I believe in carefully evaluating cases and keeping clients informed of each matter’s strength or weakness. It is important to evaluate a case up front and make an effort to resolve the matter informally. If that is not possible, it is my approach to aggressively prepare the case and, when appropriate, try it.”


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Steve DeWolf has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer. He is licensed to practice in both Texas and California. He has tried cases in state and federal courts in Texas and has successfully argued appeals in both the state and federal judicial systems. His litigation experience spans real estate, personal injury, commercial disputes, employment and civil rights issues. He has participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations, ranging from small amounts in controversy to significant, complex matters.

DeWolf began practicing law in 1978 and, ever since, endeavored to provide quality, responsive legal services to clients at an affordable price.

DeWolf is “AV” peer-review rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  DeWolf has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer, a Thomason Reuters service, every year since 2005.

DeWolf co-authored the first Texas wind law textbook to be published by LexisNexis-Matthew Bender in April of 2011.  He has also been invited to be an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Law School, teaching a seminar in Wind law in the fall of 2011.

CLIENT EXPERIENCE
  • Successfully represented clients in multiple director & officer matters.
  • Successful arbitration award involving a Fortune 500 company on a breach of contract matter.
  • Defended a national home builder in a real estate dispute with a developer and obtained a settlement worth millions during trial.
  • Represented at trial, large public defendant in severe personal injury action with favorable result.
  • Obtained no damage judgment for large oil field construction company at District Court and Fifth Circuit level in wrongful death case.
  • Successfully defended national non-profit entity on sexual harassment charges.
  • Defended large national mall owner in complex tenant litigation with claims of over $3 million which settled for a nominal amount.
  • Successfully representation of clients involving municipal wrongful employment termination matters.
  • Successfully defended national homebuilder at trial in large DTPA matter
  • Successfully represented two police chiefs in claims involving the City of Dallas.
COURT ADMISSIONS
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 1979, Eleventh Circuit in 1979, and Ninth Circuit in 1987
  • All United States District Courts for Texas since 1980 and California in 1988
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
EDUCATION
  • Attended United States Naval Academy
  • Bachelor of Arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors, University of Texas, 1975
  • Juris Doctor, University of Texas, with honors, 1978
  • LL.M degree with honors, University of Cambridge, England, 1983
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • State Bar of Texas, Admitted in 1978
  • State Bar of California, Admitted in 1987 (inactive)
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • Former Fox 4 (Dallas) legal commentator for The Good Day morning show ( more than eight years).
  • Expert source for national and local media outlets, including Court TV, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas
    Lawyer, National Public Radio and WBAP.
  • Lectured on legal topics before a variety of organizations including the State Bar of Texas, Texas Independent Bankers Association, the University of Texas Graduate School of Business, The University of North Texas Law School, University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University, and the Texas Police Chiefs’ Association.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
  • Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center, Member, Advisory Board
  • Member, Commemorative Air Force
ARTICLES PUBLISHED
Editorials in The Dallas Morning News.
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
Ran with the bulls in Spain in 2004, and flies his 1943 open cockpit biplane in air shows. Steve has been flying single engine aircraft since 1985 and participating in air shows since 1993. He is also developing several wind farms in West Texas for commercial production of sustainable and renewable energy.

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