500 Main Street
Suite 340
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Phone: 817/371-8759
Fax: 817/394-4436
Email: shayes@stevehayeslaw.com
Law Office of Steven K. Hayes


Steven K. Hayes

Steve Hayes


E-mail: shayes@stevehayeslaw.com
500 Main Street
Suite 340
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

817-371-8759 (Direct Dial)
817-394-4436 (Fax)

2010 Mentor of the Year, Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers’ Association

Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage & Litigation
  • Mass Torts
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Wills & Trusts

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School (1980)
  • B.A., Austin College, summa cum laude (1977)

Martindale-Hubble ® Rating: AV

Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly (2009 - present)

Tarrant County Top Appellate Lawyers,
Fort Worth, Texas Magazine (2008 - present)

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court
    (all Districts in Texas)
  • United States Court of Appeals,
    Fifth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Other Experience and Service

  • American Law Institute (Member 2005 - present)
  • Assistant County Attorney, Bell County,  Texas (1984 - 1985)
  • Briefing Attorney, Supreme Court of Texas (1980-1981)

Results and Activities

  • Obtained a reversal of a trial court summary judgment on a question of first impression in Texas involving the interpretation of joint use agreements between electrical cooperatives and telephone companies. Tri-County Elec. Coop., Inc. v. GTE Southwest Inc., 490 S.W.3d 530 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth, pet. denied).
  • Successfully petitioned the Supreme Court of Texas to reverse a court of appeals decision concerning whether a premises occupier owed a duty to warn an independent contractor of a property condition known to the contractor, in an activity under the contractor’s control. Gen. Elec. Co., et al., v. Moritz, 257 S.W.3d 211 (Tex. 2008).

  • Assisted trial counsel by drafting motion and briefing which convinced trial court to reverse its announced decision to award attorney’s fees of nearly $1 million on Defendant’s counterclaim (which alleged breach of a release).

  • Successfully responded to Petitions for Review in the Supreme Court of Texas in Case No. 10-0119, styledRagira v. VIP Lodging Group, et al., and in Case No. 11-0984, styled Pamela Kay Carpenter and Jeffrey Scott Carpenter v. Robert Joseph Carpenter, et al., pet. denied.

  • Won affirmance of summary judgment for client in a case in which court of appeals held that the statute preserving governmental claims from the operation of certain statutes of limitations (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 16.061) did not obviate the statute of limitations found in Section 2.275 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and that the economic loss rule supported the summary judgment. Tarrant County Hospital District v. GE Automation Services, Inc., et al., 156 S.W.3d 885 (Tex. App. –Fort Worth 2005, no pet.).

  • Obtained dismissal of lawsuit seeking $70,000,000 following service of discovery which put Plaintiff in position of admitting no damages or that statutes of limitations barred claims.

  • First chair trial counsel in cases in Federal and State courts in half a dozen counties and three Judicial Administrative Districts, including both civil and criminal cases.

  • Served as lead and coordinating counsel for Advance Stores, Inc., and Western Auto Supply Company on litigation in the South and Southwest involving leases of commercial properties.

  • Extensive experience in mass tort litigation involving products liability and agriculture, including TMJ litigation and litigation involving Benlate®.

  • Drafted legislation to enhance the ability of Texas courts to efficiently handle mass litigation (V.T.C.A., Gov't. Code, §74.094(e) and (f)).

  • In addition to the work described above, Steve has handled cases involving commercial issues, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, collections, criminal prosecution, Miller Act and construction contract claims and claims involving fraud and the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

  • Author of various articles and speeches on appellate law and procedure, including empirical studies of trends and tendencies of The Supreme Court of Texas, and empirical studies of oral arguments and mandamus proceedings before the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • Publishes a monthly compilation of the issues raised in civil appeals pending before that Court.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Law Institute (Member 2005 - present)
  • Mahon Inn of Court (President, 2009-2010; Counselor, 2008-2009; Treasurer, 2007-2008; Program Chair, 2006-2007; Master, 2005 - 2010; Executive Committee, 2010-2013)
    • Serjeants' Inn of North Texas (Elected 2012)
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Appellate Law Section (Chair, 2016-2017; Executive Council, 2008-2011; Website Committee Co-Chair, 2006-2011; Website Committee, 2004-2011)
    • Litigation Section Council, 2011-2017; Committees: Online CLE (Co-Chair 2013-2014); News for the Bar (Co-Chair 2011-2013); Law School Ethics (2010-2011)
    • Advanced Civil Appellate Law Seminar, Planning Committee (Chair, 2012; Member, 2006; 2008; 2010; 2011; 2013-2017)
    • State Bar of Texas College (Member 2003 - present)
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
    • Director (2005-2008, 2013-2016)
    • Appellate Law Section (Chair, 2007-2008)
    • Membership Committee, 2012-2016 (Chair-2013-2016)
    • Bylaws Committee, 2007-2012 (Chair, 2011-2012)
    • Silver Gavel Committee, 2008-2011 (Chair, 2010-2011)
    • CLE Committee (2005-2011)
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (Former Member, Amicus Curiae Committee Member)
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow (Co-Chair, District 7 Membership Committee, 2013-2014)
  • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society (Website Committee, 2011-2013)
  • Bell Lampasas Mills Counties Bar Association (former Director)
  • Bell Lampasas Mills Counties Young Lawyers Association (former President, Vice President, Secretary Treasurer and Director)

Legal Publications and Speeches

Reported Decisions

  • Adobe Land Corporation, et al, v. Griffin, L.L.C., 236 S.W.3d 351 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth 2007, pet. den.).
  • Ard v. Hudson, No. 02-13-00198-CV, 2015 WL 4967045, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 8727 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Aug. 20, 2015, pet. granted).
  • Pamela Kay Carpenter and Jeffrey Scott Carpenter v. Robert Joseph Carpenter, et al, No. 02-10-00243-CV, 2011 WL 5118802, 2011 Tex. App. LEXIS 8587 (Tex. App.-Fort Worth Oct. 27, 2011, pet. denied).
  • Cook Pizzi, et al, v. Van Waters & Rogers, Inc., et al., 94 S.W.2d 636 (Tex.App.– Amarillo 2002, pet. den.).
  • Tedder v. Gardner Aldrich, LLP, 421 S.W.3d 651 (Tex. 2013).
  • Gen. Elec. Co., et al., v. Moritz, 257 S.W.3d 211 (Tex. 2008).
  • Tarrant County Hospital District v. GE Automation Services, Inc., et al, 156 S.W.3d 885 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth 2005, no pet.).
  • Mote Res., Inc. v. Gardner, No. 02-12-00175-CV, 2013 WL 6046530, 2013 Tex. App. LEXIS 14071 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Nov. 14, 2013), Motion granted by, Opinion withdrawn by, Remanded by, Settled by Mote Res., Inc. v. Gardner, 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 8026 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth, July 24, 2014).
  • Oncor Elec. Delivery Co. LLC v. Giovanni Homes Corp., 438 S.W.3d 644, 645 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2014, pet. den.).
  • Texas Ethics Commission v. Toby Goodman, No. 02-09-00094-CV, 2010 WL 323544, 2010 Tex. App. LEXIS 607 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth, Jan. 28, 2010, no pet.).
  • Theodis Dodson v. Robert Ford, No. 02-12-00168-CV, 2013 WL 5433915, 2013 Tex. App. Lexis 12159 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Sept. 26, 2013, no pet.).
  • Transport International Pool, Inc. d/b/a GE Capital Modular Space v. The Continental Insurance Company and Continental Casualty Company, 166 S.W.3d 781 (Tex. App.–Fort Worth 2005, no pet.).
  • Tri-County Elec. Coop., Inc. v. GTE Southwest Inc., 490 S.W.3d 530 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth, pet. denied).
  • Thweatt v. Jackson, No. 3-91-364-CV, 1992 WL 117102, 1992 Tex. App. LEXIS 1415 (Tex. App.—Austin June 3, 1992) opinion withdrawn and superseded on reh’g, 838 S.W.2d 725 (Tex. App.—Austin 1992), and affirmed, 883 S.W.2d 171 (Tex. 1994), and cert. denied, Weatherly v. Federal Debt Management, Inc., 513 U.S. 872 (1994).

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