Stephen L. Tatum, Jr.Partner, Fort Worth

Stephen returns to Cantey Hanger and his native Fort Worth after nine years in Austin working for and representing the State of Texas. He served as Deputy Commissioner to Commissioner Toby Baker at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and as an Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Greg Abbott. He advises clients on state and federal environmental, energy, government, and regulatory matters.

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  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. 2009
  • Wake Forest University, B.A. History, 2005
  • Served as Deputy Commissioner to Commissioner Toby Baker of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, where he advised on overall direction and policy of the agency.
  • At TCEQ, implemented the RESTORE Act, the federal law governing the expenditure of billions of dollars in civil and administrative penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill toward economic and ecosystem restoration projects on the Texas coast and throughout the Gulf Coast.
  • Spent five years at the Texas Attorney General’s office under then-Attorney General Greg Abbott, where he handled eminent domain acquisitions for TxDOT, wrote formal Attorney General Opinions, and defended the State of Texas in a two-week long trial in federal court.
  • Interned for Justice Don Willett on the Texas Supreme Court, Summer 2007.
  • Licensed to practice law in Texas, 2009
  • US District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section
  • Stewards of the Wild, Fort Worth Chapter
  • Amon Carter Foundation
  • Wake Forest “Wake Will” Campaign—Texas Committee
  • The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: A Review of the Historic Civil and Criminal Liabilities From America’s Worst Environmental Catastrophe. (Texas Environmental Law Journal, Fall 2017).
  • “Deepwater Horizon Funding Update,” 20th Annual Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Quality Management and Planning Conference, May 2018.
  • “Texas Open Meetings Act Caselaw Update,” Texas Open Government Conference, 2013, 2014.