Retired Partner and Former Managing Partner


  • 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.  He has also developed an active practice representing lawyers in State Bar and Federal disciplinary actions.

Principal Practice Areas

Contact Information

Phone: (817) 877-2829
Fax: (817) 877-2807


600 W. 6th St., Suite 300
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
  • 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 for the 2nd, 5th ,9th, 10th, and 11th Federal Circuits
  • 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
  • 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
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019 Edition by Woodward/White, Inc. in Appellate Law
  • Named Texas Super Lawyers by Texas Monthly magazine, 2014-2020
  • Recognized in Fort Worth Inc. Magazine for being a “Top Attorney” for 2018
  • Recognized in Fort Worth Magazine for being a “Top Attorney” for 2019
  • University of Texas School of Law, Austin (J.D., 1979)
  • Southern Methodist University (B.S., 1976)
  • Mr. Tatum served on a panel at the Bi-Annual Dallas-Fort Worth Joint Appellate Seminar, November, 2019
  • 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
Fort Worth
Ellis County