PROFESSIONALS

Our Attorneys

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HOWARD L. STEELE JR.

Managing Partner

MATTHEW ZAGRODZKY

Of Counsel

MICHAEL SAMFORD

Of Counsel

CHRIS BUNGER

Associate

 

HOWARD L. STEELE, JR.

Biography

  • Honored with selection to “Best Lawyers in America.”

  • 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

  • Recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in Intellectual Property law.

Mr. Steele has a broad range of litigation experience with a particular emphasis in employment and intellectual property  litigation. Mr. Steele’s experience includes employment litigation, technology/internet litigation, intellectual property litigation, Fair Labor Standards Act litigation, commercial litigation, Qui Tam litigation, and insurance coverage litigation.


He is also a regular guest speaker for companies and law schools on employment law and workplace training.


Prior to forming Steele Law Group, he founded Steele Sturm, PLLC, practiced in the labor & employment and litigation sections of the Houston office of Seyfarth Shaw, and was a partner at Caldwell & Clinton, PLLC.

Education

  • The University of Houston Law Center (L.L.M., Intellectual Property Law).

  • The University of Houston Law Center (J.D.).

  • Baylor University (B.A., Political Science).

  • The University of Texas at Dallas (B.A., Government).

Judicial Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Melinda Harmon, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Sam Nuchia, Texas First Court of Appeals.

Publications

Admissions and Affiliations

  • Texas

  • Fifth  Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

  • All federal district courts in Texas

  • Houston and Federal Bar Associations

  • American Inns of Court

  • Member of Labor and Employment Section of State Bar of Texas

  • Member of the Federalist Society

  • MENSA

  • Director and General Counsel, Lakes at Country Place HOA Board

 

MATTHEW ZAGRODZKY

Biography

Mr. Zagrodzky has been practicing law since 1997 and has a broad range of experience handling civil litigation matters. After graduating magna cum laude from Houston College of Law where he served as an assistant editor for the Law Review, Mr. Zagrodzky clerked for the Honorable Judge Murry Cohen of the First Court of Appeals. He later gained significant trial expertise and experience working with two large litigation firms in Houston, Texas.


Mr. Zagrodzky resides in Coronado, California while continuing to maintain his law practice in Texas and California.  Mr. Zagrodzky has experience litigating cases in state and federal courts as well as handling arbitrations and mediations. Mr. Zagrodzky is a Board Member of the Coronado Arts Education Foundation (formerly CoSA Foundation).  He serves on several other committees around Coronado and is a former Cub Scout Cubmaster (in Houston).  Mr. Zagrodzky has been married 20 years and has two children.  In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, fishing and going to the beach.

Education

  • J.D., Houston College of Law, 1997, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Lytae B.B.A

  • Texas A&M University, 1989

Judicial Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Murry Cohen, Texas First Court of Appeals

Admissions and Affiliations

  • Texas

  • California

  • California Bar Association

  • Texas Bar Association

  • All California and Texas State Courts

  • Fifth Court of Appeals

  • Member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers San Diego

 

MICHAEL SAMFORD

Prior to joining Steele Law Group, Michael Samford worked at Baker Botts, was a partner at Kasowitz, Hoff, Benson & Torres, and was General Counsel for an oilfield equipment company.

Education

  • J.D. with honors, University of Texas (1985)

  • B.S.M.E with Honors, University of Texas (1980)

Admissions and Affiliations

  • Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Texas and U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, and The Federalist Society

 

CHRIS BUNGER

Chris joined the firm after graduating from the University of Houston Law Center. Chris worked his way through college and law school as a certified paralegal for a litigation boutique and the Attorney General’s office for the State of Washington. With the firm, he has practiced primarily in federal courts in the areas of intellectual property, franchisor/franchisee, and business litigation.

Education

  • University of Washington (B.A.)

  • University of Houston Law Center (J.D. 2019).

             John Black Moot Court Competition

             Lorance Thompson Negotiation Competition 

             Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition

Admissions and Affiliations

  • Texas

  • Southern District of Texas