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Experience

Steve Rasch focuses his practice on complex business litigation and arbitration. He has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including substantial experience in cases involving director and officer liability, corporate governance, hedge funds, lending institutions, shareholder disputes involving closely held corporations, securities fraud, non-compete agreements and restrictive covenants, misappropriation and theft of trade secrets, and trust and estate disputes. Steve has practiced in the Trial section of Thompson & Knight for over 30 years and has appeared in courtrooms across the United States, handling cases in California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. He has tried cases in state and federal courts around Texas, including jury cases tried to verdict in Dallas, Houston, Sherman, Longview, and Kerrville. Steve is active in the community and served on the Firm’s Management Committee from 2005-2010.

Received a national first-tier ranking for Commercial Litigation in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2019

Representative Matters

  • Represented electricity and gas reseller in consumer class action litigation
  • Represented trustee and executor in trust and estate litigation
  • Represented toxicology laboratory in case involving misappropriation and theft of trade secrets and confidential information
  • Represented law firm in class action lawsuit involving tax shelter transaction
  • Represented closely held corporation in connection with shareholder derivative litigation
  • Represented shareholders of a closely held corporation in case involving allegations of stock fraud in connection with the transfer of rights to coronary stent technology
  • Represented hedge fund in cases involving breach of agreements for private investment in public equity (PIPE) transactions
  • Represented corporate officers and directors in case involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty
  • Represented international luxury hotel and resort company in connection with claims asserted by developer with respect to a hotel project in Dubai
  • Represented hospitality provider of asset management services in dispute involving advisory agreement with publicly traded REIT
  • Represented international oil exploration and production company in tortious interference lawsuit involving oil concession rights in the Middle East

Prior Employment

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, September 1986-August 1987

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Banking & Finance, Litigation-Real Estate, Litigation-Securities), 2008-2020
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense, General Litigation), 2003-2019
  • Dallas Litigation – Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year,” The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc., 2014

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Executive Advisory Committee, de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, Notre Dame, IN, 2019-present
  • Board of Directors, St. Thomas More Society of Dallas, 2012-present; President, 2014-2017
  • Advisory Council, The Catholic Foundation, 2010-present
  • School Board, Cistercian Preparatory School, 2009-2014
  • St. Rita School Advisory Council, 2002-2005; President, 2004-2005
  • Board of Directors, Cistercian Alumni Association, 2001-2004; President, 2003-2004
  • Town North Family YMCA Board of Management, 1997-2004; Chairman, 2000-2002
  • Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Litigation Section

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 1986, with honors, The University of Texas School of Law; Order of the Coif; Research Editor, Texas Law Review
  • B.A., 1983, with high honors, University of Notre Dame; Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., Colorado
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Michigan
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit