HOWARD L. STEELE JR.
HOWARD L. STEELE, JR.
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.
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).
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.
Practical Advice Regarding Trade Secret Claims from Pre-Suit to Trial, 24th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, UT School of Law (2017).
Tech Firms Viewing Alternatives to Non-competition Agreements, Houston Business Journal, Vol. 30, No. 29, July 20-26, 2001 at 32.
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).
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
Director and General Counsel, Lakes at Country Place HOA Board
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.
J.D., Houston College of Law, 1997, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Lytae B.B.A
Texas A&M University, 1989
Law Clerk to the Honorable Murry Cohen, Texas First Court of Appeals
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
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.
J.D. with honors, University of Texas (1985)
B.S.M.E with Honors, University of Texas (1980)
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 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.
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
Southern District of Texas