Stephen TatumPartner, Fort Worth

Stephen Tatum has spent a career in appellate courts all over the country handling many different types of cases. That kind of experience is valuable and hard to come by. He brings a wide range of knowledge to every case he takes through the appellate system and has successfully appeared in appellate courts across the country.

Principal Practice Areas


  • University of Texas School of Law, Austin (J.D., 1979)
  • Southern Methodist University (B.S., 1976)
  • Centered in trial and appellate litigation. Board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
  • Approximately 75 appeals handled
  • Admitted to the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals 2nd, 5th ,9th, 10th, and 11th
  • Admitted to all Texas Federal District Courts
  • Board Certified Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1991
  • Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • Member American Arbitration Association Arbitrator Panel
  • American Law Institute, 2005 – Present
  • American Bar Association, 1979 – Present
  • American Bar Association, 1979 – Present
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 1996 – Present Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, 1993 – Present Member
  • Chair – Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth – 2004-2009
  • Board Member – Texas Health Resources, 2010 – Present
  • Southwestern University, Georgetown, 1999 – 2006 Trustee
  • Harris Methodist Hospital – Ft. Worth, 2000 – 2009 Trustee
  • Chair – Tarrant County Samaritan House, 1992 – 1994
  • Chair – Tarrant Co. Metropolitan YMCA – 1987-1991
  • Named Texas Super Lawyers by Texas Monthly magazine, 2014-2015
  • Presentation to the Fidelity National Financial Legal Staff regarding “Sanctions under Fed. R. Civ. P. 11 and other Federal Rules and how Criteria Vary From Circuit to Circuit.”
  • “Why Lawyers Should Not Serve on Client’s Boards.”, Tarrant County Bar Association CLE Presentation – 2010
  • Series of Articles & Presentations regarding Personal Liability of Board Members for non-payment of payroll taxes for employees of non-profit corporation – Arising out of Verret v. United States, 542 F. Supp. 2d 526 (E.D. Tex 2008) – April- May 2009
  • “BP Spill Damages – Dealing with Compensation Issues” Fort Worth Business Press, Aug. 2, 2010