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Bruce Steckler

Steckler Wayne Cochran Cherry
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Bruce Steckler
Steckler Wayne Cochran Cherry
Dallas,
 TX

Bruce W. Steckler founded Steckler LLP after two decades of success as a top litigation lawyer who litigated a variety of commercial, securities, mass tort, products liability, consumer, personal injury, and first party insurance cases. He envisioned a law firm where attorneys and employees garnered the trust and full confidence of clients. Today, he has formed a practice which provides unparalleled client service and personal attention to the needs and objectives of its clients.

He was a partner at three Dallas-based firms and, most recently, was a shareholder and the head of the General Litigation Section of one of the largest plaintiffs firms in the United States. He is known as an aggressive advocate willing to take innovative approaches to achieve success for his clients. His legal acumen has won him recognition by D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers under 40″ feature in 2002 through 2006, and D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers” in 2007 through 2022, and Thompson Reuters as a “Texas Super Lawyer” in 2004 through 2022. Mr. Steckler enjoys an “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, its highest peer rating. He was selected for the Plaintiff’s Hot List in 2011 by the National Law Journal. He was named a finalist for Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year 2012, an honor that is awarded to the attorneys who “made the greatest contribution to the public interest within the past year by trying or settling a precedent-setting or socially significant case.” He has also been named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers in 2013 through 2022.

In law school, Mr. Steckler was the Leading Articles Editor of the Journal of Air Law & Commerce, a recipient of the Journal’s scholarship, a member of the SMU Law Review Association, and a board member of the law school’s Moot Court program. He was appointed by the State Bar of Texas to serve as a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee and currently serves as an Emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. He received a Certificate of Appreciation in 1996 from the Dallas Bar Association for his pro bono work in the community. He has authored numerous papers on civil litigation and trial practice and has spoken at several seminars on various civil litigation topics before attorneys, professionals, and the insurance industry. Bruce is a member of the Public Justice Foundation, American Association of Justice, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, and has been admitted to the Million Dollar Advocate Group.

Mr. Steckler has been appointed by both federal and state court judges to lead some of the most significant cases in the United States. He was appointed by the Honorable Eldon Fallon in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Chinese Drywall MDL and served as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for Bank Overdraft Litigation appointed by the Honorable Lawrence King in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He was co-lead counsel in the case against JP Morgan Chase in In Re Checking Account Overdraft Litigation. Most recently, Mr. Steckler was appointed by the Honorable Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to serve as a member of Plaintiffs’ Steering committee for MDL 2428: In Re: Fresenius Granuflo/Naturalyte Dialysate Products Liability Litigation in the United States District Court for Massachusetts. He also was recently appointed by the Honorable Judge Kenneth M. Karas in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the In re: Ford Fusion and C-Max Fuel Economy Litigation.  He serves as liaison counsel and lead counsel in In Re: Texas State Silica Products Liability Litigation. He is a member of the State Bars of Texas, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Missouri, U.S. District Courts – Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas and Southern District of Texas, Eastern District of Louisiana and Western District of Louisiana, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Federal Court of Claims in Washington, D.C.

PRACTICE AREAS

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine Hall of Fame Litigation 2022 (Inaugural Award)
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2007-2022
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2004-2022
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas under 40, D Magazine, 2002-2006
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2013-2022
  • Plaintiff’s Hot List, National Law Journal, 2011
  • Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year, Finalist, 2012
  • Texas Top-Rated Lawyers, Legal Leaders, 2014
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law, American Lawyer Media, 2015

ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Association for Justice
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western, Louisiana

EDUCATION

  • SMU Dedman School of Law (JD, 1992)
    • Law Review Association, 1992
    • Journal of Air Law & Commerce, Leading Articles Editor, 1991-1992
    • Moot Court Board Member
  • Tufts University (BA, magna cum laude, 1989)
    • Varsity Letterman Football
    • 1986 NESCAC Champions


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