Steele, Howard
Howard Steele

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  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • LL.M.
    • Major: Intellectual Property Law
  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D.
  • Baylor University
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science
  • The University of Texas, Dallas
    • B.A.
    • Major: Government

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Member, Federalist Society

Past Positions

  • Steele Sturm, PLLC, Founder
  • Houston office of Seyfarth Shaw
  • Caldwell & Clinton, PLLC, Partner
  • Honorable Melinda Harmon, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Law Clerk
  • Honorable Sam Nuchia, Texas First Court of Appeals, Law Clerk

Published Works

  • Navigating the New Bermuda Triangle: Trade Secrets Under TUTSA, DTSA, and Other Law, State Bar of Texas 28th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute, 2017
  • Practical Advice Regarding Trade Secret Claims from Pre-Suit to Trial, 24th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, UT School of Law, 2017
  • Guardians of the IP Law Galaxy: What Employment Lawyers Need to Know, 23rd Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, UT School of Law, 2016
  • Fiduciaries in Texas: A Moving Concept, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section, The Advocate, 2015
  • Tech Firms Viewing Alternatives to Non-competition Agreements, Houston Business Journal, Vol. 30, No. 29, July 20-26, 2001 at 32
  • An Employment Offer Letter Modifies Employment at Will, Houston Business Journal, Vol. 30, No. 29, December 3-9, 1999 at 4B
  • The Web that Binds Us All: The Future Legal Environment of the Internet, 19 Houston Journal of International Law 495, 1997
  • Averting the Next Health Care Crisis, State Bar of Texas Health Law Section Report, Winter, 1997
  • The Prevention of Non-Consensual Access to “Confidential” Health-Care information in Cyberspace, S.M.U. Computer Law Review and Technology Journal 101, Spring, 1997

Professional Associations

  • Labor and Employment Section of State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Lakes at Country Place HOA Board, Director and General Counsel
  • Houston and Federal Bar Associations

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment Practices
  • General Corporate Representation
  • Mediation
  • Litigation Practices
  • Labor and Employment Practises
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Outside Business Counsel

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit


  • Selected to “Best Lawyers in America” for 2020
  • Recognized as a Texas “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine and the Texas Lawyer since 2007
  • Recognized by Forbes for his trade secret and non-compete practice
  • Recognized as one of the best labor & employment attorneys in Houston by H Magazine