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Steed Dunnill Reynolds Bailey Stephenson LLP

1717 Main Street, Suite 2950, Dallas, Texas 75201

Established: 1990

Practice Areas

  • Healthcare Liability Defense
  • General Insurance Defense
  • Healthcare Administrative Law

With more than a dozen attorneys dispersed throughout our three offices in Texas (Dallas, Austin and Sherman), the firm represents clients in a wide variety of matters, including: Healthcare Liability Defense, General Insurance Defense, Administrative Law (Matters before the Texas Medical Board, Texas Board of Nursing, and Texas State Board of Dental Examiners), Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and more.

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About Us

STEED DUNNILL REYNOLDS BAILEY STEPHENSON LLP originated in 1990 as the Law Office of Joel J. Steed. Since then, the firm has expanded into its current structure with three offices in Texas and personnel of approximately 40.

As the firm grew to meet increasing client needs, other reputable attorneys who share the firm’s philosophy were added to the team. Our personnel believe this is more than a job, more than a profession, it is a calling! A calling to minster to those in need who have dedicated their lives to caring for others in need. Many of our attorneys have worked together for more than 25 years and have well over 150 years of combined experience in trying lawsuits and handling Board matters throughout the State of Texas. We also have a few select attorneys on our team who are licensed to practice in the State of Oklahoma.

The firm routinely handles multi-million dollar lawsuits involving catastrophic personal injury or death and have tried cases in both State and Federal Courts with an outstanding success rate. While Healthcare Liability Defense work makes up approximately 90% of the firm’s dockets, the remaining 10% is related to various other types of Tort or General Litigation matters.

The firm has tried more than 150 cases over the past 27 years in numerous counties in Texas, including several landmark cases in the Health Care Liability Defense field.

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Additional Locations

  • Austin, Texas
  • 303 Camp Craft Road, Suite 350
  • Austin, Texas 78746
      • Sherman, Texas
      • 250 East Evergreen Street
      • Sherman, Texas 75090

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      Client Information

      Insurance Clients

      Non-Insurance Clients

      • Baylor Scott & White Health
      • CHRISTUS Health
      • Community Health Systems, Inc.
      • Health Care Indemnity, Inc.
      • Select Medical Corporation
      • Select Rehabilitation Hospital of Denton
      • Texas Health Resources
      • Toys "R" Us, Inc.
      • Trinity Mother Frances Health System
      • Universal Health Services, Inc.
      • UT Southwestern Medical Center/University of Texas System

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      Personnel Information

      Partners


      Joel J. Steed

      Dallas, TX

      Practice Areas
      • Medical Malpractice
      • Insurance Defense
      • Personal Injury
      • Civil Litigation
      Admitted
      • Texas, 1983
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
      Additional Biographical Details:

      Named "Texas Super Lawyer" in the area of Personal Injury Defense and Medical Malpractice, as published in "Texas Monthly Magazine," 2003-Present; Top 100 Dallas/Ft. Worth Region Attorney, as published in Texas Monthly (2007-Present); Frequent Author and Speaker on Continuing Education courses sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, Dallas County Bar Association and various health care insurers and organizations; and Lead Trial Counsel in over 70 Jury Trials tried to verdict in over 16 different counties in Texas; Highest possible peer rating review in legal ability and ethical standards (AV rated) Martindale-Hubbell 1994-Present

      Memberships:
      • American, Rockwall County and Dallas Bar Associations
      • State Bar of Texas
      • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
      • American Board of Trial Advocates (Associate, 2008-Present)
      • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (1983-Present; Board of Directors, District 5, 2005-2009)
      • Defense Research Institute
      • Southwestern Legal Foundation
      • Dallas Inn of Court (Past Barrister)
      Education:
      • Baylor University, B.B.A., 1982
      • Baylor University, J.D., 1983

      Born: 1958

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      William C. Dunnill

      Dallas, TX

      Practice Areas
      • Medical Malpractice
      Admitted
      • Texas, 1995
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
      Additional Biographical Details:

      Texas Super Lawyers, 2012

      Memberships:
      • State Bar of Texas
      • Dallas and Rockwall Bar Associations
      • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
      • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
      • Defense Research Institute
      Education:
      • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1990
      • The University of Texas at Dallas, M.B.A., 1995
      • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, J.D., 1995
      Law Review:
      Texas Wesleyan Law Review, 1994-1995
      Honors:
      Moot Court Board, 1994-1995; American Jurisprudence Award (Property)

      Born: 1968

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      C. Timothy Reynolds

      Dallas, TX

      Practice Areas
      • Medical Malpractice
      • Premises Liability
      • Negligent Security
      • Catastrophic Injury
      • Construction Defect
      Admitted
      • Texas, 1991
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Fifth Circuits
      Memberships:
      • State Bar of Texas
      • Dallas and Rockwall Bar Associations
      • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
      • Defense Research Institute
      • American Board of Trial Advocates
      Certifications:
      • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
      Education:
      • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1988
      • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1990
      Law Review:
      South Texas Law Review, 1988-1990
      Honors:
      American Jurisprudence Award (Contracts)

      Born: 1961

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      Cathy F. Bailey

      Dallas, TX

      Practice Areas
      • Medical Malpractice
      • Insurance Coverage & Defense
      • Health Care Professional Licensure Defense
      Admitted
      • Texas, 1993
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
      Additional Biographical Details:

      AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell; Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star, Texas Monthly Magazine

      Memberships:
      • State Bar of Texas
      • Dallas Bar Association
      • American Health Lawyers Association
      • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
      • Defense Research Institute
      • American Board of Trial Advocates
      Education:
      • Texas A & M University at College Station, B.B.A. Accounting, 1990
      • Baylor Law School, J.D., 1993

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      Jon W. Stephenson

      Dallas, TX

      Practice Areas
      • Medical Malpractice Defense
      Admitted
      • Texas, 2003
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
      Additional Biographical Details:

      Texas Rising Star as published by Texas Monthly Magazine and Super Lawyers Magazine, 2007, 2010-2011

      Memberships:
      • American, Dallas and Rockwall Bar Associations
      • State Bar of Texas
      • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
      Education:
      • The University of Oklahoma, B.B.A., 2000
      • The University of Oklahoma, J.D., 2003

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      Sidney L. Murphy

      Dallas, TX

      Practice Areas
      • Medical Malpractice
      • Insurance Defense
      • Premises Liability
      • Civil Trial Practice
      • Health Care
      • Product Liability
      • Commercial Litigation
      Admitted
      • Texas, 1988
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
      Memberships:
      • State Bar of Texas
      • Dallas and Rockwall Bar Associations
      Education:
      • Baylor University, B.B.A., 1985
      • Baylor University, J.D., 1988
      Fraternity Information:
      Phi Delta Phi
      Honors:
      Order of Barristers

      Born: 1963

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      Terri S. Harris

      Austin, TX
      Practice Areas
      • Medical Malpractice Defense
      Admitted
      • Texas, 1991
      • U.S. District Court, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, 2004
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2010
      Additional Biographical Details:

      Tried over 25 cases in the State of Texas; represented over 100 physicians at the Texas Medical Board; licensed in the United States District Courts for Western and Southern Districts; member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and has serviced on the nomination committee and as a CLE speaker; speaker at various seminars for both attorneys and health care providers; served as a mock trial coach for the University of Texas Law School. Prior to law school served as a Physician's Assistant in Houston, TX having graduated from Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in 1985, medical background invaluable in practice representing health care providers

      Memberships:
      • Travis County Women Lawyers Association
      • American Board of Trial Advocates
      Education:
      • The University of Texas, B.A., 1983
      • Baylor College of Medicine, B.S., 1985
      • University of Houston, J.D., 1991

      Born: 1961

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      Dana M. Morgan

      Sherman, TX
      Practice Areas
      • Medical Malpractice
      • Healthcare Litigation
      Admitted
      • Texas, 1996
      • Oklahoma, 2006
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2002
      Additional Biographical Details:

      Dana has represented healthcare providers in complex medical negligence cases for more than 25 years. In addition to her litigation practice, she regularly defends physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals before their respective licensing boards.

      Memberships:
      • State Bar of Texas
      • Oklahoma, Dallas County and Grayson County Bar Associations
      • American Veterinary Medical Law Association
      Education:
      • Wake Forest University, B.A. (cum laude), 1993
      • Texas Tech University, J.D. (cum laude), 1998

      Born: 1970

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      Kimberly K. Bocell

      Dallas, Texas
      Practice Areas
      • Health Care Liability
      • Insurance Defense
      • Tort Claims Defense
      • Health Insurance
      • Civil Litigation
      • Medical Malpractice Defense
      Admitted
      • Texas, 2006
      • North Carolina
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
      Additional Biographical Details:

      Texas Super Lawyers, 2014-2016; Texas Rising Stars, 2013-2014

      Memberships:
      • Dallas Bar Association (Health Law Section)
      • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
      Education:
      • Texas Christian University College of Nursing, B.S. (cum laude), 1998
      • The University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 2003
      Honors:
      Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society; Phi Delta Phi, International Legal Fraternity

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      Jennifer H. Saucedo

      Dallas, Texas
      Practice Areas
      • Health Care Liability
      • Insurance Defense
      • Medical Malpractice Defense
      Admitted
      • Texas, 2003
      Additional Biographical Details:

      Texas Rising Stars, 2010-2012, 2017; Texas SuperLawyers

      Memberships:
      • Dallas Bar Association
      • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
      Education:
      • Louisiana State University, B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 2000
      • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2003

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      Associates



      Paula K. Hale

      Austin, TX
      Practice Areas
      • Medical Malpractice Defense
      Admitted
      • Texas, 2002
      • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2011
      Memberships:
      • American and Williamson County Bar Associations
      • State Bar of Texas
      Education:
      • The University of Texas at Austin, B.S., 1995
      • St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., 2002

      Born: 1969

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      Robert P. Murphy

      Dallas, TX

      Admitted
      • Texas, 2013
      Education:
      • Texas A&M University, B.B.A., 2003
      • Texas Tech School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2013

      Born: 1981

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      Amanda F. Hobbs

      Dallas, TX

      Admitted
      • Texas, 2010
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
      Memberships:
      • State Bar of Texas
      Education:
      • The University of Texas at Arlington, B.A. Political Science (magna cum laude), 2006
      • Baylor Law School, J.D. (cum laude, Dean's List), 2010

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      Lauren L. Smith

      Dallas, TX

      Admitted
      • Texas, 2015
      Memberships:
      • State Bar of Texas
      • Texas Young Lawyers Association
      Education:
      • Baylor University, Hankamer School of Business, B.B.A., 2012
      • Baylor Law School, J.D., 2015

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      Laura S. Quinones

      Dallas, Texas
      Practice Areas
      • Medical Malpractice Defense
      • Premises Liability
      • Product Liability
      • Garage Liability
      • Non-Subscriber Litigation and Defense
      • Health Care Liability
      • Insurance Defense
      Admitted
      • Texas, 2013
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
      Memberships:
      • State Bar of Texas
      • Women's Law Association
      • Human Rights Initiative
      Education:
      • The University of Texas at Arlington, B.A., 2008
      • Ave Maria School of Law, J.D., 2012
      Language:
      • Spanish

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      Jordan L. Fontenot

      Dallas, TX

      Practice Areas
      • Medical Malpractice Defense
      • Health Care Liability
      • Health Care Professional Licensure Defense
      • Insurance Coverage & Defense
      Admitted
      • Texas, 2017
      Memberships:
      • State Bar of Texas
      • Dallas Bar Association
      • Texas Lawyers for Children
      Education:
      • Texas A & M University at College Station, B.A. English (magna cum laude), 2011
      • Texas A & M University at College Station, M.A. (cum laude), 2013
      • Southern Methodist University, Ph.D. (cum laude), 2014
      • Southern Methodist University Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2017

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      Of Counsel



      Diana Y. Wood

      Dallas, TX

      Practice Areas
      • Medical Malpractice Defense
      • Insurance Defense
      • Health Care
      • General Litigation
      Admitted
      • Texas, 2001
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
      Memberships:
      • State Bar of Texas
      • Dallas Bar Association
      Education:
      • St. Mary's University, B.A., 1998
      • St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., 2001
      Language:
      • Spanish

      Born: 1976

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