Biography

Steven H. Weller has practiced for over thirteen years, representing businesses and public entities in general litigation, insurance law/litigation and commercial litigation. Mr. Weller provides general outside counseling to public entities and school districts on various business and transactional matters, governance and contracting. His practice areas include public education law, business/commercial litigation, insurance law and litigation, business contracting, real property transactions and disputes, commercial transactions, construction matters and litigation, and energy transactions and disputes.

Representative Experience

Mr. Weller has represented political subdivisions and private clients in contract negotiations and contract disputes. He has performed general counsel work and representation in litigation for a variety of school districts across the state.  Additionally, he has advised public independent school districts on oil and gas leases, business contracting, real property transactions, condemnation matters, easement negotiations, construction matters and impact fee issues. He has extensive experience directing all aspects of complex multi-party lawsuits from inception through completion and has counseled corporations and individual clients on matters pertaining to breach of contract/commercial litigation claims. He has represented a broad range of clients in wrongful death/negligence and premises liability litigation involving construction accidents, oil field accidents and trucking accidents. He has also represented clients in major construction defect/construction delay litigation and advised school boards and homeowners’ association boards on dispute resolution and declaratory judgment claims. In addition, he has experience with open records/open meetings issues and public finance.

Member, Travis County Bar Association

Member, Austin Young Lawyers Association

Publications/Articles:

Texas Attorney General’s Public Official Training Handbook — Public Information and Public Meetings (2012, co-author)

School Districts and Impact Fees – A Legal Update. (Oct. 2010)

Construction of School Facilities and Impact Fees – What Can School Districts Be Required to Pay? (Feb. 2009)

Natural Resource Development By School Districts – A Primer. (June 2008)

Oil and Gas Development – How School Districts Can Tap Into Their Natural Resources. (Feb. 2007)

Presentations:

Speaker – A Litigator’s Guide to Immunity Law: Austin Bar Association, Civil Litigation Division (2013)

Speaker – Public Information Act Training for Board Members (2013)

Speaker – Primer on Texas Annexation Law, Texas Municipal League – Region 10 and Region 13 (2013)

Speaker – Legislative Update for Schools (82nd Legislative Session), ESC Region 20 (2011)

Continuing Education Speaker – The Eagle Ford Shale Formation & How School Districts Can Supplement Their Educational Resources. (Presentation in San Antonio 2011)

Continuing Education Speaker – Causes of Action: Contract Law, Fraud and Fiduciary Duty Claims. (Presentation in Overland Park, Kansas 2010)

Speaker – The Current Oil and Gas Market & Natural Resource Development By Political Subdivisions. (Presentation in Midland 2008)

Speaker – The Barnett Shale Formation & How Political Subdivisions Can Tap Into Their Natural Resources. (Presentation in Fort Worth 2007)