Stephen E. McConnico

Steve joined the firm in 1981. He has tried over 200 cases to jury verdict. Cases tried include: breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, probate, breach of contract, environmental, election law, class action, business tort, oil and gas, personal injury, and professional malpractice defense. He represents Fortune 500 Corporations, some of Texas’s largest law firms, the Cheif Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, family owned businesses, and individuals who just need a trial lawyer. Steve McConnico is committed to being a very good trial lawyer for his clients.

Recognitions & Awards

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, International Society of Barristers

Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates

President, Austin Chapter of ABOTA, 1993-1995

President, Tex-ABOTA, 1997

Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award by Texas Bar Foundation, 2012

Baylor Lawyer of the Year, 2011

Selected for The Best Lawyers in America in Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Professional Malpractice Law, a Woodward/White, Inc. publication, 2007-2011

Top 50: Central/West Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, Business Litigation 2003 - 2014

Top 100: Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, Business Litigation 2003 - 2014

Texas Super Lawyer, a Thomson Reuters business, Business Litigation 2003 - 2014

Texas Top Notch Lawyer, Commercial Litigation, a Thomson Reuters business, 2010 - 2012

National Law Journal Who’s Who of the Legal Malpractice Bar

Board Certified in Personal Injury and Civil Trial, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, since 1982

Editor in Chief, Baylor Law Review, 1975-1976

Representative Matters

BREACH OF CONTRACT:

54 Broadcasting, Inc. v. LIN Television (Civil Action No. 1:08-CV-30) — Successful defense of a breach of contract case alleging the wrongful assignment of F.C.C. television license. Jury found the assignment valid.

LEGAL MALPRACTICE:

Catherman v. First State Bank of Smithville (796 S.W.2d 799) — Successful trial court and appellate rulings that federal and state Fair Debt Acts do not apply to Texas attorneys.

Geo-Chevron v. Woodworth, et al (Cause No. 2004CVF000431D2; In the 111th Judicial District Court of Webb County, Texas); Michels v. Zeifman (Cause No. D-1-GN-07-004188; In the 261st Judicial District Court of Travis County, Texas); Henderson v. Chambers (208 S.W.3d 546, 2006 WL 821297) — Successful trial and appellate rulings that plaintiffs suing former attorneys do not have claims as a matter of law.

TECHNOLOGY:

B. Randall Jean, et al v. Thermo Electron Corporation, et al, (Case No. 99-0632) — Successful defense in a seven week arbitration involving microwave technology before AAA arbitration panel. There were 120 witnesses and 1600 exhibits. Arbitrators awarded what defense offered in settlement.

Bar Admissions & Activities

Admitted to the State Bar of Texas, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Admitted to practice for specific cases in California, Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana and Nevada.

Member, State Bar of Texas Court Administration Taskforce, 2007 - 2008

Member, State Bar of Texas Referral Fee Taskforce, 2004 - 2006

Chairman, Litigation Section, State Bar of Texas, 1992 - 1993

Life Member, Texas Bar Foundation

Member, American Bar Association

Life Member, American Bar Foundation

Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, 1984 - 1993

President, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, 2005

President, Baylor Law School Alumni Association, 2003 - 2004

Education

Baylor University, J.D. with honors, 1976

Briefing Attorney to Justice Jack Pope, Texas Supreme Court, 1976-1977

Associate Professor at Baylor University School of Law for Practice Court, 2006

Associate Professor at the University of Texas Law School for Professional Responsibility, 2002

Articles & Presentations

Stephen E. McConnico, Jennifer Knauth & Robyn Bigelow, Unresolved Problems in Texas Legal Malpractice Law, 36 St. Mary's L.J. 989 (2005)

Steve E. McConnico, Christopher Fuller, and Samuel J. Johnson, Failed Financial Institution Litigation: The Expanding Scope of Liability, 12 The Review of Litigation 537 (1993)

Steve McConnico and Daniel Bishop, Practicing Law with the 1984 Rules: Texas Rules of Civil Procedure Amendments Effective April 1, 1984, 36 Baylor Law Rev. 73 (1984)

Steve McConnico and Jack Pope, Practicing Law with the 1981 Texas Rules, 32 Baylor Law Rev. 457 (1980)

Steve McConnico and Jack Pope, Texas Civil Procedure Rule Making, 30 Baylor Law Rev. 5 (1978)

Steve has given over 150 Continuing Legal Education presentations.

Selected Reported Cases

Hall v. Pedernales Elec. Co-Op., Inc., 278 S.W.3d 536 (Tex. App.—Austin 2009, no pet.)

In Re Graham, 251 S.W.3d 844 (Tex. App.—Austin 2008, orig. proceeding)

Henderson v. Chambers, 208 S.W.3d 546 (Tex. App.—Austin 2006, no pet.)

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