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Michael Robert Steinmark

Michael Robert Steinmark

Practice areas:

Litigation, Business

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About Me

I am a trial lawyer experienced in mortgage litigation, commercial litigation, employment litigation, and insurance defense litigation, having represented mortgage servicers, transportation services providers, employers, real estate companies, financial institutions, insurers and their insureds, and other businesses since 2005. Licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all federal and state courts in Texas, I handle all aspects of a case, from pre-suit demands to pleadings, written discovery, depositions, motion practice, trial preparation, mediation, trial (and arbitration), settlement, and appeals. I have successfully negotiated numerous six- and seven-figure settlements and obtained numerous summary judgments and jury verdicts for my clients, including, for example, a summary judgment in a catastrophic injury oil tanker rollover case and a take-nothing verdict in a wrongful death case in which the plaintiffs sought roughly $21.5 to $32.5 million in damages.


 


I bring a fresh perspective to litigation based on my considerable business and real estate transactional experience early in my career, including business entity planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, contract negotiation and drafting (including non-compete and other employment agreements), technology licensing, trademark prosecution and policing, homeowners' association document drafting, commercial leasing, and real property acquisitions and divestitures. Having been involved on the planning and drafting side of many of the types of business relationships and transactions over which I now litigate, I am particularly well-equipped to identify the critical issues, strengths, and weaknesses of disputes and to successfully craft complex solutions for my clients, including both efficient trial strategies and creative settlement approaches.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Litigation: 90%
    10 years
  2. Business: 10%
    10 years

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200508/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarThomson Reuters2015
Rising StarThomson Reuters2014
Rising StarThomson Reuters2013
Rising StarThomson Reuters2012
Rising StarThomson Reuters2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderSettlePou2013 - 2015
HeROs VolunteerGenesis Women's Shelter2012 - Present
Volunteer, South Dallas Legal ClinicDallas Volunteer Attorney Program2008 - Present
Volunteer TeacherDallas Bar Association Law in the Schools Program2008 - 2008
VolunteerDallas Bar Association Home Project (Habitat for Humanity)2008 - Present
Advisory Board Member, Turner Courts and Frazier Courts ClubsBoys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas2007 - Present
AssociateSettlePou2005 - 2012
InternThe Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn, Federal District Court, Northern District of Texas2004 - 2004

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Dallas Association of Young LawyersMember2005 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Schriver v. Texas Department of Transportation, 293 S.W.3d 846 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2009, no pet.)N/A
Santibanez v. Saxon Mortgage Inc., No. 11-10-00227-CV (Tex. App.--Eastland Aug. 23, 2012)Appellate Court affirmed trial court's orders granting our client's motion for summary judgment and denying Plaintiff/Appellant's motion for summary judgment in a residential mortgage loan case.

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
SettlePou Newsletter, Volume 9, Issue 1Mitigating the Risks of Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors2012
SettlePou Newsletter, Volume 8, Issue 1Personal Liability Pitfalls in Failing to Maintain Corporate Filings, Books and Records2011
SettlePou Newsletter, Volume 8, Issue 3Senate Bill 18: Important Changes for Texas Landowners in Condemnation2011
SettlePou Newsletter, Volume 8, Issue 4Rules of Civil Procedure: Potential Game-Changers2011
SettlePou Newsletter, Volume 7, Issue 2Tenants' Rights under Unrecorded Leases2010
SettlePou Newsletter, Volume 7, Issue 3The Internet and Personal Jurisdiction: When Can a Non-resident be Sued in Texas Courts Based on Its Website?2010
SettlePou Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 2New Modification Program Could Be Beacon of Hope in the Seemingly Hopeless World of Trouble Mortgages2009
SettlePou Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 1You Take It, You Buy It: Texas Courts Require Condemning Authorities to Compensate Billboard Property Owners for their Interests2008
SettlePou Newsletter, Vol 3, Issue 3Eminent Domain Negotiations: Can the Government Force One Property Owner to Negotiate with Another2006
10 Law & Bus. Rev. Am. 417The Case Concerning Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States): A Mexican Perspective on the Fight for Consular Rights2004

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Vanderbilt UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2000

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Real Estate Talk with Willie LambrightGuest Appearance2012
Real Estate Talk with Willie LambrightGuest Appearance2012
Monthly Litigation Section MeetingNew and Less Commonly Used Rules of Civil Procedure2011