Bruce Steckler

Steckler Gresham Cochran PLLC
12720 Hillcrest Road, Suite 1045
Dallas, TX 75230
972-387-4040
www.stecklerlaw.com


Bruce W. Steckler founded The Steckler Law Firm after two decades of successfully litigating a variety of commercial, mass tort, toxic tort, medical malpractice, products liability, consumer, personal injury, and first party insurance cases. He was a partner at three Dallas-based firms and, most recently, was a shareholder and the head of the General Litigation Section of one of the largest plaintiffs firms in the United States. He is known as an aggressive advocate willing to take innovative approaches to achieve success for his clients. His legal acumen has won him recognition by D Magazine's “Best Lawyers under 40" feature in 2002 through 2006, and D Magazine's “Best Lawyers” in 2009 through 2013, and Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Media as a “Texas Super Lawyer” in 2004 through 2012. Mr. Steckler enjoys an “AV” rating by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, its highest rating. He most recently was named a finalist for Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year 2012, an honor that is awarded to the attorneys who "made the greatest contribution to the public interest within the past year by trying or settling a precedent-setting or socially significant case."

In law school, Mr. Steckler was the Leading Articles Editor of the Journal of Air Law & Commerce, a recipient of the Journal's scholarship, a member of the SMU Law Review Association, and a board member of the law school's Moot Court program. He was appointed by the State Bar of Texas to serve as a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee and currently serves as an Emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. He received a Certificate of Appreciation in 1996 from the Dallas Bar Association for his pro bono work in the community. He has authored numerous papers on civil litigation and trial practice and has spoken at several seminars on various civil litigation topics before attorneys, health care professionals, and the insurance industry. Bruce is a member of the Public Justice Foundation, American Association of Justice, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, and in 2009, he was admitted to the Million Dollar Advocate Group.

Mr. Steckler has been appointed by both federal and state court judges to lead some of the most significant cases in the United States. He was appointed by the Honorable Eldon Fallon in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to serve on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for the Chinese Drywall MDL and served as a member of the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee for Bank Overdraft Litigation appointed by the Honorable Lawrence King in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He was co-lead counsel in the case against JP Morgan Chase in In Re Checking Account Overdraft Litigation. He serves as liaison counsel and lead counsel in In Re: Texas State Silica Products Liability Litigation. He is a member of the State Bars of Texas, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Missouri, U.S. District Courts – Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas and Southern District of Texas, Eastern District of Louisiana and Western District of Louisiana, and the Federal Court of Claims in Washington, D.C.

Education

Southern Methodist University–Dedman School of Law (J.D. 1992)
• Southern Methodist University Law Review Association, 1992
• Journal of Air Law & Commerce, Leading Articles Editor, 1991-1992
• Moot Court Board Member

Tufts University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1989)
• Varsity Letterman Football
• 1986 NESCAC Champions

Bar & Court Admissions

• Texas – 11/6/1992
• Louisiana – 5/5/2011
• Pennsylvania – 6/25/2010
• New York – 9/30/2010
• Missouri – 8/5/2011
• United States Court of Federal Claims
• United States District Courts for the Northern District of Texas
• United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas
• United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas
• United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Louisiana
• United States District Courts for the Western District of Louisiana

Recognitions

Selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly (Law & Politics, Key Professional Media) (2003)
Selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly (Law & Politics, Key Professional Media) (2004)
Selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly (Law & Politics, Key Professional Media) (2005)
Selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly (Law & Politics, Key Professional Media) (2006)
Selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly (Law & Politics, Key Professional Media) (2007)
Selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly (Law & Politics, Key Professional Media) (2008)
Selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly (Law & Politics, Key Professional Media) (2009)
Selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly (Law & Politics, Key Professional Media) (2010)
Selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly (Law & Politics, Key Professional Media) (2011)
Selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly (Law & Politics, Key Professional Media) (2012)

Selected by “D Magazine” as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas under 40” (2002)
Selected by “D Magazine” as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas under 40” (2004)
Selected by “D Magazine” as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas under 40” (2006)
Selected by “D Magazine” as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” (2009)
Selected by “D Magazine” as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” (2011)
Selected by “D Magazine” as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” (2012)
Selected by “D Magazine” as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” (2013)

Finalist for Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year (2012)

Professional Associations

• American Association for Justice
• Federal Bar Association
• Texas Trial Lawyers Association
• Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
• Dallas Bar Association
• Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Presentations

“Chinese Drywall Insurer,” HB Litigation Conference, Miami, Florida, November 2011

“Chinese Drywall Litigation – What is it?,” Advanced Insurance Law, State Bar of Texas, Dallas, Texas, April 9, 2010.

Co-Chair, “Chinese Drywall Litigation,” HB Litigation Conferences, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 18, 2009.

“Hurricane Insurance Litigation,” Galveston Hoteliers and Lodging Association, February 10, 2009.

“Toxic Tort Litigation and the Effects of Tort Reform,” State Bar of Texas (Webcast), 2006.

“Medical Malpractice,” American Urological Association Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, 2005.

Co-Chair, “Silica 101,” HarrisMartin, Houston, Texas, 2005.

“Silica Premises Liability Claims,” Mealey's Silica Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2004.

“An X-rated Version of Medical Malpractice,” Southwest Urological Society Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, 2003.

“HIPAA Compliance for Health Care Providers,” Radiology Business Management Association, Texas Chapter, Fall Meeting, November 10, 2000.

“HIPAA Compliance for Health Care Providers,” D.R.S. Seminar, November 7, 2000.

“Filing and Challenging the Section 13.01 Expert Report,” St. Mary's – Texas Tech Schools of Law Medical Malpractice Conference, November 3, 2000.

“HIPAA: The Future of Privacy and Confidentiality in Health Care,” State Bar of Texas and Texas Hospital Association: 2000 Health Law Conference, October 30, 2000.

“E-Health Commerce: HIPAA Health Care Fraud and Abuse,” HIPAA Compliance for Health Care Providers seminar sponsored by Medical Business Institute (MBI) and Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P., July 26, 2000.

Publications

Co-Author, “Critical Placental Pathology Issues to Consider in Obstetrical Malpractice Cases,” Association of Trial Lawyers of American National College of Advocacy Conference on Litigating Catastrophically Injured Infant Cases, February 2002.

Co-Author, “Hospital Joint Enterprise,” Association of Trial Lawyers of America National College of Advocacy Conference on Litigating Catastrophically Injured Infant Cases, February 2002.

Reported Cases

Walker, et. al v. Gutierrez, 111 S.W.3d 56 (Tex. 2003).

Emett Barbe, Jr., Et Al. Vs. American Sugar Refining, Inc., Amstar Corporation, Amstar Sugar Corporation, Tate & Lyle North American Sugars, Inc., And Domino Sugar Company; Court of Appeal No. 2011-CA-0544;

Peter Becker, Jr., et al v. Murphy Oil Corporation, Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana No. 2011-C-1750

In re EasySaver Rewards Litigation, Case No. 09-CV-2094-MMA (BLM), United States District Court, S.D. California (August 13, 2010)

Matter of Elbert Ford et. al. v. Pulmosan Safety Equipment Corp.; 52 AD 3d 710 - NY: Appellate Div., 2nd Dept. 2008