Steve Allison has 40 years of trial experience, initially as an assistant district attorney and, for more than 35 years, in a broad range of business, corporate real estate, healthcare and governmental litigation, mediations, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. Representative clients include individuals, partnerships, corporations, financial institutions, physicians, engineers and other professionals, healthcare facilities and related healthcare entities and providers and real estate interests. He has tried scores of cases in state and federal courts and argued cases before the Texas Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for "Bet-the-Company Litigation" and "Commercial Litigation" (Best Lawyers, 2005-2013), "Texas Super Lawyers" for "Business Litigation" (Texas Monthly and Law & Politics, 2003-2012), and "San Antonio's Best Lawyers" for "Business Litigation" (Scene in SA, 2004-2012). Steve is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory. He is a trained mediator, arbitrator and peer review hearings officer, and has also served as court-appointed monitor.
Mr. Allison is very active in civic, political and professional activities and has written and spoken on a number of litigation matters, including "Admitting and Excluding Business and Public Records," "Obtaining and Presenting Evidence on Geographic Markets," "Non-price Predation Under Section 2 of the Sherman Act," "Potential Civil and Criminal Liability of Officers, Directors and Other Insiders," "Document Control and Management in Complex Cases," and "Managing Internal Investigations."
Selected Client Representations
- Representation of healthcare entities, facilities, physicians and other professionals in contractual, compliance, construction, real estate and other operational matters; licensing, credentialing and staff privilege issues; antitrust issues; malpractice; intellectual property issues; managed care; class actions; regulatory matters; agency investigations; and general litigation.
- Representation of businesses and corporations in matters involving contractual disputes; fiduciary duty issues; proprietary information and trade secrets; fraud claims; tortious interference; antitrust issues; deceptive trade practices; intellectual property issues; extraordinary remedies; internal investigations; risk assessments; and general litigation.
- Representation of financial institutions in matters involving operations; security; customer disputes; lender liability claims; loan matters; account programs; extraordinary remedies; regulatory matters; and general litigation.
- Representation of businesses and developers in zoning, regulatory and other disputes with governmental bodies and agencies.
- Secured summary judgment and upheld same on appeal on behalf of health care system, children’s hospital, physician group and medical staff officers in medical staff privileges case involving antitrust, conspiracy, breach of contract, tortuous interference, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and due process claims by two pediatric neurosurgeons. Marlin and Gaskill vs. Robertson et al, 307 S.W.3d 418 (Tex. App. -San Antonio 2009).
- Secured traditional and no evidence summary judgments on behalf of environmental/geotechnical engineering firm after successful Daubert challenges to plaintiffs’ causation experts and upheld same on appeal in three separate lawsuits involving several hundred residents claiming injuries as a result of alleged exposure to lead contaminated soils excavated during construction of the Alamodome complex. Martinez et al vs. City of San Antonio et al, 40 S.W.3d 587 (Tex. App. -San Antonio, 2001).
- Obtained summary judgment and upheld the same on appeal on behalf of large insulation supplier in defense of price discrimination claims under Robinson-Patman Act. Cool Insulation, Inc. vs. Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corp. and Williams Consolidated, 68 F. Supp. 2d 763 (W.D. Tex. 1998).
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of three physician members of hospital medical staff committee and upheld same on appeal in staff privileges antitrust action by physician against hospital and individual members of several medical staff committees.
- Represented hospital entities on antitrust issues and negotiations with FTC, DOJ, and Texas Attorney General concerning potential merger, antitrust and related issues.
- Negotiated favorable resolutions of class action cases against hospital systems for alleged violations of Health & Safety Code provisions regarding patient billing statements.
- Secured favorable settlement for $1.3 million payment on behalf of East Texas hospital during arbitration concerning breach of contract regarding managed care contract.
- Represented MGM in federal court action by individual home video store operators against Blockbuster and major motion picture studios for alleged price fixing conspiracy concerning home video operations.
- Local trial counsel in successful motion to dismiss and motion for summary judgment upheld on appeal in class action against several related title companies concerning alleged overcharges regarding residential real estate closings in several states. Murray et al vs. Fidelity National Financial, Inc. et al, 594 F.3d 419 (5th Cir. 2010).
- Jury verdict and upheld same on appeal in defense of trust against breach of contract/fiduciary duty claims concerning efforts to gain control of primary trust asset, a large South Texas ranch property.
- Represented industrial well owner in overturning injunction on Burford abstention grounds in multi-party action concerning regulations of withdrawal of water from the Edwards Aquifer. Sierra Club vs. City of San Antonio, et al, 112 F.3d 789 (5th Cir. 1997).
- Representation of large suburban church in securing favorable consent decree with suburban municipality concerning resolution of zoning and development and use of property.
- Secured rulings overturning TRO and striking pleadings of improper alleged partnership Plaintiff in defense of breach of fiduciary duty and receivership action.
- Secured favorable settlement in excess of $1 million recovery for hotel client during jury deliberations in breach of warranty/contract claim regarding defective title product.
- Successfully defended and secured multi-million dollar jury verdict on cross-claim in fraud and breach of contract jury trial concerning a large commercial real estate transaction.
- Obtained judgment in non-jury trial and upheld same on appeal in action concerning ownership of hotel property.
- Obtained summary judgment and denial of cross-motion in case involving vested rights claims by developer client against city.
- Secured injunction enjoining municipality from preventing construction of housing development by builder/developer.
- Gained a take nothing result and favorable resolution of lease dispute after favorable summary judgment ruling involving substantial quarry operation.
- Represented large nationwide food industry franchisor in securing ruling denying alleged claims and requested sanctions concerning class action regarding franchise requirements.
- Represented various clients in patent, copyright and other intellectual property rights litigation in healthcare, financial, computer, recording, pipe, home security, and safety industries.
Selected Community Activities and Honors
- Member, Board of Trustees, VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority
- Former President, Board of Trustees, Alamo Heights Independent School District
- Former member, Board of Trustees, Texas Association of School Boards
- Former member of Vestry, St. Mark's Episcopal Church
- Alumni Service Award, Texas Christian University, 1996
Selected Representative Experience
Alamodome Cases [including Martinez v. City of San Antonio et al, 40 S.W. 3d 587, (Tex. App - San Antonio 2001)]
Representation of professional engineering firm in defense of multiple suits and claims for professional liability, environmental, construction, and tort claims related to the Alamodome complex.
Arthur Marlin, M.D. and Sarah Gaskill, M.D. v. Frank Robertson, M.D., et al
Represented Methodist Healthcare System, Methodist Children's Hospital of South Texas, Children's Hospital Intensive Care Associates and three physicians in securing summary judgment in medical staff privileges case involving antitrust, conspiracy, breach of contract, tortious interference, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and due process claims.
Castle Hills First Baptist Church v. City of Castle Hills
Representation of large church in successful resolution of zoning and land use dispute with municipality concerning church's use of church-owned adjacent property in residential area for multi-purpose field and facility and accompanying parking.
K.K. Amini and KMA Properties vs. Datapoint Corporation, et al
Jury verdict against corporation and individuals concerning sale of significant development property.