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Stephen M. Dacus


Stephen is a business-focused litigator who represents a wide variety of clients—from local employers and entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies and international businesses—on a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters.

Stephen focuses on complex business disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including the retail, energy, financial services, technology, manufacturing, commercial real estate, food, and healthcare industries. Stephen has experience litigating a broad range of business disputes, including cases involving claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, business fraud, deceptive and unfair trade practices, intellectual property and trade secret litigation, enforcement of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and commercial real estate disputes. Stephen also has deep experience in numerous aspects of arbitration practice. In addition to representing clients at complex arbitration proceedings, he has experience litigating issues related to the enforcement of arbitration agreements, and post-arbitration disputes related to the validity and enforcement of arbitration awards.
Speaking Engagements
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Case Notes Speaker, Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section

  • Represented client in complex commercial dispute involving related arbitration proceedings, federal court litigation, state court litigation, and appellate practice in state and federal appellate courts, ultimately resulting in the payment of over $820 million to our client.
  • Authored the winning trial and appellate briefs and presented oral argument to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, resulting in precedent-setting decision in favor of our client, in case of first impression involving enforcement of arbitration agreement and appointment of substitute arbitrator under the Federal Arbitration Act.
  • Counsel to Fortune 50 company in products liability action that resulted in complete defense verdict after two-week jury trial.
  • Obtained injunctive relief and secured successful result for national fortune-ranked company in dispute related to complex manufacturing equipment.
  • Successfully represented local business in obtaining favorable resolution of ownership disputes with former business partner.
  • Represented foreign utility company in successful effort to prevent the confirmation and enforcement of a $27 million arbitration award in federal court.
  • Successfully obtained set-aside of seven-figure default judgment on appeal in complex commercial dispute involving interrelated state, federal, and bankruptcy procedural law issues.
  • Lead counsel for Fortune 100 affiliate in successful effort to set aside default judgment in case involving novel procedural and substantive law issues.
  • Lead counsel for local business in successful effort to obtain temporary restraining order enforcing a state-wide non-compete agreement.
  • Represented U.S.-based technology and manufacturing company in international arbitration proceedings related to complex industrial equipment.
  • Primary draftsman of amicus curiae brief filed in the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of Texas Representative and public interest groups in high-profile appeal involving constitutional challenges to a state statute.
  • Represented local employer and secured pretrial dismissal of all claims in dispute with former employee.
  • Obtained early dismissal of all claims on behalf of major medical device manufacturer in litigation involving allegations of strict products liability, negligence, and breach of warranty.
  • Successfully represented local businesses in appellate review proceedings before municipal organizations.
  • Represented medical technology company in multimillion-dollar patent and antitrust litigation.
Reported Opinions
  • Robinson v. EOR-ARK, LLC et al., 841 F.3d 781 (8th Cir. 2016).
  • Staton Holdings, Inc. v. Tatum, LLC, No. 05-12-01408-CV, 2014 WL 2583668 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2014, pet. denied).
  • Petrobras America, Inc. v. Astra Oil Trading NV, No. 01–11–00073–CV, 2012 WL 1068311 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2012).
  • Transcor Astra Group S.A. v. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras, 409 F. App'x. 787 (5th Cir. 2011).
  • PRSI Trading Co. LP vs. Astra Oil Trading NV et al., No. 01-10-00517-CV, 2011 WL 3820817 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2011).

  • Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2010-2012, 2014