Michael R. Steinmark
Michael R. Steinmark is tenacious, creative, skillful, and practical. Recognized multiple times in Texas Rising Stars, published by Thompson Reuters (2010, 2012 - 2018), Michael’s dual experience in litigation and business counsel services gives him a unique perspective in developing successful strategies for his clients. Firmly believing in the value of preparation, he pays careful attention to his clients’ goals and works diligently to deliver the results they seek. Michael serves as an Of Counsel member of SettlePou’s Commercial Litigation, Financial Services Litigation, and Business Counsel Services practices.
Working through high school and college in the family business his great-grandfather started in 1907, Michael learned how to identify business objectives and develop strategies to achieve them effectively. Drawing on those experiences, he is attuned to his clients’ goals in both litigation and transactional matters.
In his primary focus as a trial lawyer, Michael represents residential mortgage lenders and servicers, financial institutions, insurers and their insureds, employers, property owners, and other businesses in a wide variety of commercial, insurance defense, and employment disputes. He has handled arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and lawsuits in state and federal courts across Texas and in neighboring states, tackling all aspects of a case from discovery to motion practice, mediation, trial, and appeal. An English major with a concentration in creative writing, Michael enjoys weaving together the facts and law to present a winning case to a judge or jury.
Michael’s transactional experience includes representation of startup and established private and public businesses in outside general counsel matters, entity planning and formation, governance, contract, employment, trademark, and real estate issues.
Michael routinely volunteers as a judge for mock trial, moot court, and other law student competitions. Outside of work, he enjoys playing guitar, bass, drums, and mandolin, cooking, traveling, skiing, and spending time with his wife and their families, especially their nieces and nephew.
Vanderbilt University, B.A., 2000 (cum laude)
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 2005 (cum laude); Associate Managing Editor and 2004 Best Case Note Award recipient, International Law Review Association; Dean’s List; Phi Delta Phi
Admissions & Honors
Selected in Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, published by Thompson Reuters (2010, 2012 - 2018)
Rated 10/10, Avvo
Texas State Bar Admittance, 2005
Missouri State Bar Admittance, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2010
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2008
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2008
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2010
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2010
American Bar Association
Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Advisory Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Turner Courts and Frazier Courts
HeROs Member, Genesis Women’s Shelter
South Dallas Legal Clinic Volunteer, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
Volunteer Teacher, Dallas Bar Association Law in the Schools Program
Volunteer, Dallas Bar Association Home Project (Habitat for Humanity)
Articles & Presentations
Author, The Case Concerning Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States): A Mexican Perspective on the Fight for Consular Rights, 10 Law & Bus. Rev. Am. 417 (2004)
Co-Author, Eminent Domain Negotiations: Can the Government Force One Property Owner to Negotiate with Another?, SettlePou Newsletter
Co-Author, You Take It, You Buy It: Texas Courts Require Condemning Authorities to Compensate Billboard Property Owners for their Interests, SettlePou Newsletter
Co-Author, New Modification Program Could Be Beacon of Hope in the Seemingly Hopeless World of Trouble Mortgages, SettlePou Newsletter
Co-Author, Tenants’ Rights Under Unrecorded Leases, SettlePou Newsletter
Author, The Internet and Personal Jurisdiction: When Can a Non-resident be Sued in Texas Courts Based on Its Website?, SettlePou NewsletterAuthor, Personal Liability Pitfalls in Failing to Maintain Corporate Filings, Books and Records, SettlePou Newsletter
Speaker, New and Less Commonly Used Rules of Civil Procedure, Dallas Areal Paralegal Association Litigation Section, Belo Mansion, Dallas, Texas
Articles & Presentations Continued
Co-Author, Senate Bill 18: Important Changes for Texas Landowners in Condemnation, SettlePou Newsletter
Co-Author, Rules of Civil Procedure: Potential Game-Changers, SettlePou Newsletter
Co-Author, Mitigating the Risks of Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors, SettlePou Newsletter
Reported Case: Schriver v. Texas Department of Transportation, 293 S.W.3d 846 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2009, no pet.)
Reported Case: Massey v. Saxon Mortgage, Inc., 2012 Tex. App. LEXIS 7167 (Tex. App.—Eastland 2012, no pet.)Reported Case: Wilner v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company as Trustee for Argent Securities, Inc., Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-W4, 2012 Tex. App. LEXIS 10595 (Tex.—Fort Worth 2012, no pet.)