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Jason P. Steed
Biography

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, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, the Supreme Court of Alaska, and the Supreme Court of the United States. A former English professor and an award-winning writer, Jason's brief writing and appellate advocacy have 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 one federal judge, in a written opinion, recognized Jason as “an excellent lawyer” who “provided vigorous, high quality legal representation.”


Jason represents clients in a variety of industries and has handled commercial, civil, and criminal appeals involving issues from a variety of practice areas. 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 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. He also maintains a blog (formalegalis.com) and is active on Twitter (@5thCircAppeals).

Education

  • J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 2009
  • Ph.D., English & American Literature, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2004
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Idaho, 1999
  • B.A., English, Brigham Young University, 1995
Noteworthy
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2017
  • Recipient of the 2016 "Fastcase 50" award
  • Selected by attorney peers as a Texas Rising Star®, Texas Monthly, 2016, 2017
  • Named “Appellate Lawyer of the Week” by Texas Lawyer (with co-counsel Jody Scheske), July 2, 2015.
  • On Twitter (@5thCircAppeals) and named #1 of 100 “Top Appellate Twitter Feeds to Follow” by CircuitSplits.com.
Activities & Memberships
  • President, DFW Lawyers’ Chapter, American Constitution Society
  • Editorial Board, The Federal Lawyer.
  • Appellate Practice Committee, American Bar Association
  • Appellate Practice Committee, Federal Bar Association
  • Appellate Section, Dallas Bar Association
Publications
  • “Analysis: Who Are the Top Contenders for Trump’s First SCOTUS Pick?” The Texas Lawbook, January 2017.
  • Appealing Arbitration Awards and the Circuit Split Over ‘Manifest Disregard of the Law,’” Appellate Practice, May 10, 2016.
  • The Impact of Justice Scalia’s Vacancy on 5th Circuit Cases,” Law360, March 25, 2016.
  • The Most Important Election Ever?” (on Supreme Court appointments), The Huffington Post, January 6, 2016.
  • Year in Review: Criminal Law—Criminal Justice Reform,” Texas Lawyer, December 14, 2015.
  • “Legally Yours: Establishing and Leveraging Your Role as a ‘Friend of the Court,’” PRSA Strategist, October 13, 2015.
  • “Your Chances On Appeal And How To Improve Them,” Today’s General Counsel, Aug/Sept 2015.
  • “The Most Important Election Ever?” (on Supreme Court appointments & term limits), The Federal Lawyer, December 2014.
  • “3 Tips for Taking a Case to the Supreme Court,” Lawyerist.com, November 19, 2014.
  • “5 Tips for Writing Briefs for Tablets,” Lawyerist.com, September 22, 2014.
  • “A Conservative Rewriting of the ‘Right to Work’” (on Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn), Law360, September 2, 2014.
  • “Supreme Court Roundup: 2012 To the Term Ahead,” Law360, November 2013.
  • “Supreme Court Trends in Federal Preemption,” Law360, November 2013.
  • “The Future of Federal Class Actions: Cases Currently Before the Supreme Court,” SideBAR, Federal Bar Association, Spring 2013.
  • “Have Marriage, Will Travel,” Bloomberg’s U.S. Law Week, March 2013.
  • “Please Bend Over: Supreme Court Approves Strip Searches for Minor Offenders,” Westlaw Journal: Class Actions, July 2012.
  • “Strip-Searched for Failing to Pay a Speeding Ticket? Florence and the Fourth Amendment,” Westlaw Journal: Class Actions, December 2011.
  • “Ascertainability as a Bar to Class Certification,” Appellate Advocate, Summer 2011.
  • “Argument Recap: Determining Proper Remedies Under ERISA,” SCOTUSblog.com, December 1, 2010.
Presentations
  • 2017: “U.S. Supreme Court Update,” UT Conference on State & Federal Appellate Practice, June 2, 2017.
  • 2016: Panel member, “Digital Reading & Writing: The Sun Sets on the Paper Trail,” Annual Conference of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, November 15, 2016.
  • 2016: “Preparing the Jury Charge and Preserving Error,” Dallas Bench/Bar Conference, September 29, 2016.
  • 2016: Moderator, “The U.S. Supreme Court: Another Historic Term,” Dallas Democratic Forum, July 21, 2016.
  • 2016: Joint presentation with Justice Lehrmann (Texas Supreme Court), reviewing important decisions from 2015 at the Dallas Bar Association’s “Law Stuff You Should Know” CLE program, January 29, 2016.
  • 2015: Moderator, Federal Judicial Panel Discussion (with Judges Costa, Lynn, and Horan) at SMU Law School, November 17, 2015.
  • 2015: “Dog Sniffs, Facebook Raps, Shredding Fish, and Sawed-off Shotguns: The Supreme Court’s Criminal Cases, 2014-2015,” to be presented at Dallas Bench Bar Conference, October 1, 2015.
  • 2015: “Pregnancies, Subsidies, Vacancies, and Raisins: A Review of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Business Decisions, 2014-2015,” presented to Prosper Chamber of Commerce, September 8, 2015.
  • 2015: Review of U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Term, presented to numerous business & legal organizations, July-October 2015.
  • 2015: Panel Member, “The U.S. Supreme Court: Impact of Recent Decisions,” Dallas Democratic Forum, July 9, 2015.
  • 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,” 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:  “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:  “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.