Stephen E. Fox

Founding Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Stephen E. Fox

Stephen E. Fox

Founding Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Biography

Stephen E. Fox is a partner in the firm's Labor and Employment and Business Trials Practice Groups and co-managing partner of the firm's Dallas office.

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Stephen Fox has spent more than 25 years in boardrooms and courtrooms acting as a trusted advisor 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 the only lawyer in Texas to be inducted as a Fellow into the nationally-prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and selected by his peers as one of the top 100 attorneys in Texas.

Steve’s advice/counseling and trial practice is focused on complex business and employment litigation. His business litigation experience includes trying cases involving:

* Theft of intellectual property
* Breaches of contract and fiduciary duties
* Business torts (fraud, unfair competition, defamation)
* Corporate espionage
* Whistleblowing and qui tam actions
* Securities fraud

One of Steve’s cases is enshrined 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:

* Non-competition violations
* Trade secret theft
* Executive departures
* Wage and hour compliance and collective actions
* Corporate downsizing
* Leaves of absence (ADA, FMLA)
* Sexual harassment investigations
* Compliance with federal/state anti-discrimination and retaliation statutes

Steve’s recent 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 Law360, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesmen, The Bureau of National Affairs, The National Law Journal, Christian Science Monitor, American Way Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Modern Healthcare, Aventura, Orlando Business Journal, Dallas Business Journal, and Fort Worth Business Press.

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Career History
Founding Partner
2018 - Current

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP provide legal services. The company provides legal expertise and counsel to U.S. and international clients in a range of practice areas including antitrust, corporate and securities, entertainment, media and communications, finance, and white collar defense. The firm was founded by James C. Sheppard, J. Stanley Mullin, George R. Richter, and Gordon F. Hampton in 1927 and it is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

Shareholder
Prior - 2018

The Polsinelli firm was started in 1972 by Jim Polsinelli and two other young attorneys in a small office to serve business and real estate clients in the historic Country Club District in Kansas City, Missouri. It is one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States in terms of lawyers, according to the 2012 National Law Journal rankings. The firm currently has more than 680 attorneys in 17 cities.

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Prior

Fish & Richardson PC provides legal services. The firm specializes in intellectual property, litigation, transactional, and regulatory services. It was founded in 1878 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

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2007

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