Oil & Gas Litigation, Business & Commercial Litigation
Steven M. Mason was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1974. After graduation from law school, Mr. Mason began his private practice of law as a partner in a small law firm in Lufkin, Texas. In less than four years, Mr. Mason had handled a wide variety of matters, including criminal defense, family law, personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, and office practice. Mr. Mason then moved to Winnsboro, Texas as a partner in a two-person law firm, where he continued in primarily civil litigation.
Mr. Mason relocated to Tyler, Texas to work with the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. During his many years of work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Mason defended the United States in a wide variety of civil litigation, including medical malpractice, vehicle accident, and premises liability cases. He also defended constitutional damage suits against federal agents, suits against agencies for employment discrimination, and other suits against federal agencies.
Mr. Mason was co-lead counsel in the notable case of United States v. The Rainbow Family before Judge Justice in federal court in Lufkin, Texas. In 2000, as a member of the Department of Justice trial team, he defended the United States in the historic Branch Davidian wrongful death trial in federal court in Waco, Texas. During his tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Mason achieved the designation of Senior Litigation Counsel, which he held until coming to Flowers Davis P.L.L.C.
As a part of the Flowers Davis real estate, oil and gas, and litigation section, Mr. Mason has been actively involved in litigation in State and Federal courts. He has handled a wide variety of condemnation matters for cities and pipeline companies, including interstate pipeline condemnation in Federal court under the Natural Gas Act.
Mr. Mason has prosecuted and defended actions regarding competing oil and gas and real estate claims, and he continues to have a broad and varied trial practice. Because he has practiced in Federal court in the Eastern District of Texas for more than twenty-five years, Mr. Mason may be effectively utilized as trial counsel or local counsel in federal cases in the Eastern District of Texas.
Mr. Mason graduated from Hillcrest High School in Dallas, Texas. He then enrolled in Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he also played on the Baylor tennis team for two years. Mr. Mason received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Baylor Law School. While in law school, Mr. Mason qualified for the law review and participated in moot court competition. Mr. Mason was also appointed Attorney General of the Baylor Student Body, and as such, was director of the student legal bureau there.
Mr. Mason is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is licensed to practice in all Texas courts. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Mason has been an instructor at the U.S. Department of Justice advocacy school and has spoken at a number of conferences. Mr. Mason initiated the development of a DOJ program on Federal Civil Practice, and he has developed many in-house training programs and materials for DOJ lawyers.
Steve Mason was born in Dallas, Texas. He is married and has five children.