Jason Steed has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal appellate courts across the nation, including the Supreme Court of Texas, the Supreme Court of California, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has acted as lead counsel in both state and federal appeals, and as a former English professor he is also asked frequently to edit or assist in improving brief writing—both on appeal and in pre- and post-trial motion practice. Jason’s appellate advocacy has been praised from the bench by both state and federal judges. In one appeal, Jason’s veteran opposing counsel said Jason’s brief was “the best [he had] ever seen.” And a federal judge, in a written opinion, recognized Jason as “an excellent lawyer” who had “provided vigorous, high quality legal representation.”
Before joining Bell Nunnally, Jason interned for Judge Paul Kelly on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and was a member of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice group at a large international law firm.
Jason represents clients on appeal in a wide variety of industries and practice areas. And he regularly publishes articles and gives presentations on the U.S. Supreme Court and on issues relevant to appellate practice—including an annual review of the Supreme Court’s major decisions, which he presents at the end of each term to numerous organizations.
- Assisted in petition for certiorari to U.S. Supreme Court that was granted, leading to 9-0 decision in client’s favor.
- Crafted argument that won judgment on the pleadings in $1 billion consumer class action in California state court, involving claims that plaintiffs had brought successfully against other defendants.
- Lead attorney on appeal from $10 million judgment in defamation case; argued before Texas Third Court of Appeals and won vacatur of injunction & reduction of damages by half.
- Lead attorney on appeal from federal agency decision to the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas; won reversal and $90,000 judgment rendered for client.
- Drafted pretrial motions in $600 million consumer class action in federal court, that provided leverage for successful settlement.
- Short story “My Generation” won 3rd place in Texas State Bar’s 2014 short fiction contest.
- Short story “The Beaches Are Always Sunny in San Diego” won Lawyerist.com’s 2014 short fiction contest.
- Named #1 of 100 “Top Appellate Twitter Feeds to Follow” by CircuitSplits.com, April 17, 2012 (@5thCircAppeals).
- Research Assistant to Lucas A. Powe, 2007–2009 (helped edit Professor Powe’s book, The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789–2008).
Activities & Memberships
- Editorial Board, The Federal Lawyer
- Appellate Practice Committee, Federal Bar Association
- President, DFW Lawyers' Chapter, American Constitution Society
- Dallas Bar Association
- 2014: “The Most Important Election Ever?” (on Supreme Court appointments & term limits), The Federal Lawyer, December 2014.
- 2014: “3 Tips for Taking a Case to the Supreme Court,” Lawyerist.com, November 19, 2014.
- 2014: “5 Tips for Writing Briefs for Tablets,” Lawyerist.com, September 22, 2014.
- 2014: “A Conservative Rewriting of the ‘Right to Work’” (on Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn), Law360, September 2, 2014.
- 2013: “Supreme Court Roundup: 2012 To the Term Ahead,” Law360, November 2013.
- 2013: “Supreme Court Trends in Federal Preemption,” Law360, November 2013.
- 2013: “The Future of Federal Class Actions: Cases Currently Before the Supreme Court,” SideBAR, Federal Bar Association, Spring 2013.
- 2013: “Have Marriage, Will Travel,” Bloomberg’s U.S. Law Week, March 2013.
- 2012: “Please Bend Over: Supreme Court Approves Strip Searches for Minor Offenders,” Westlaw Journal: Class Actions, July 2012.
- 2011: “Strip-Searched for Failing to Pay a Speeding Ticket? Florence and the Fourth Amendment,” Westlaw Journal: Class Actions, December 2011.
- 2011: “Ascertainability as a Bar to Class Certification,” Appellate Advocate, Summer 2011.
- 2010: “Argument Recap: Determining Proper Remedies Under ERISA,” SCOTUSblog.com, December 1, 2010.
- 2014: Review of U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 Term, presented to numerous business & legal organizations, August–November 2014.
- 2014: “Developments Under the Fourth Amendment,” presented at Federal Bar Association’s Annual Convention, September 5, 2014.
- 2014: “The Current ‘State’ of Same-Sex Marriage,” to be presented at George Mason University School of Law, March 24, 2014.
- 2014: Overview of U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 Term, presented to the Arlington Bar Association, February 2014.
- 2013: ”The Current ‘State’ of Same-Sex Marriage,” presented for the Dallas Lawyers’ Chapter of the American Constitution Society, November 2013.
- 2013: “Developments in FCA/Qui Tam Litigation,” presented at the Federal Bar Association’s Annual Convention, September 2013.
- 2013: Review of U.S. Supreme Court’s 2012 Term, presented to the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, September 2013.
- 2013: “The ‘State’ of Same-Sex Marriage,” CLE presentation sponsored by the American Constitution Society, Austin Lawyers’ Chapter, April 2013.
- 2013: “Dog Sniffs, DNA, and Drones: Developments Under the Fourth Amendment,” presented at the University of Texas School of Law (sponsored by the American Constitution Society), April 2013.
- 2012: Review of the Supreme Court’s 2011 Term, presented to the Austin Bar Association, September 2012.
- 2012: Review of the Supreme Court’s 2011 Term, presented to the Williamson County Bar Association, October 2012.
- 2011: “Same-Sex Divorce in Texas,” presented at the University of Texas School of Law (sponsored by the American Constitution Society), Spring 2011.