Stephen Fox has spent more than 25 years in boardrooms and courtrooms acting as a trusted advisor to and litigation advocate for clients—from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurs—in complicated and often high-profile business and employment disputes. Consistently recognized by peers and clients in state and national surveys as a “go-to” courtroom advocate, Steve is one of the few lawyers in Texas to be inducted as a Fellow into the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and selected by Texas Monthly as one of the top 100 litigation attorneys in Texas.
Steve’s counseling and trial practice is focused on complex business litigation and employment litigation/counseling.
His business litigation work includes trying cases involving:
- Theft of intellectual property
- Breaches of contract and fiduciary duties
- Business torts
- Corporate espionage
- Whistleblowing and qui tam actions
- Securities fraud
In 2013, one of Steve’s cases secured a place in the Texas Jury Trial Hall of Fame. In that case, Steve led the trial effort of a renowned computer-game developer and company executive against one of the world’s largest video game publishers for breaching a stock option agreement, securing a jury verdict of $28 million (and a judgment of $32 million). The National Law Journal identified the award as one of the Top Verdicts in the country.
In the area of labor and employment law, clients look to Steve for proactive and practical recommendations to avoid litigation. But, when disagreements or disputes end up in the courtroom or in arbitration, Steve is a vigorous advocate, successfully trying cases in a myriad of areas, including:
- Trade secret theft
- Executive departures
- Wage and hour compliance and collective actions
- Corporate downsizing
- Leaves of absence
- Sexual harassment investigations
- Compliance with federal/state anti-discrimination and retaliation statutes
In 2014, Steve’s defense of one of the country’s largest grocery retail merchandising brokers in a wage and hour collective action helped secure Texas Lawyer’s “Litigation Section of the Year” award. In that case, 50 former employees sought to secure collective action status to represent a class of potentially 20,000 employees. After extensive discovery and briefing, the court summarily rejected the plaintiffs’ efforts to conditionally certify the class.
Steve’s ability to synthesize complex facts and arguments into understandable and memorable pieces of information makes him a compelling courtroom advocate, as well as a frequent resource to print, broadcast and radio media. He has appeared on local television and radio stations and has been quoted or mentioned in many national publications including the Bureau of National Affairs, The National Law Journal, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, American Way Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Modern Healthcare, Aventura, Dallas Morning News, Orlando Business Journal, The Dallas Business Journal, and Fort Worth Business Press.