Stephen C Maxwell

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Fort Worth, Texas

Steve Maxwell is a native Texan, born in Amarillo and raised in Midland. He attended Trinity University where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1972. He then received his law degree from the University of Texas of Austin in 1975. He moved to Fort Worth upon his graduation from law school.

He served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Fort Worth from 1976 to 1977. After leaving the City Attorney's office, he has been in private practice ever since. He currently is a partner with the Bailey & Galyen Law Firm, where he specializes in civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury litigation. He has been board-certified in personal injury trial law since 1984.

Steve has served as President of the Fort Worth Jaycees (1979-1980), President of the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association (1989-1990), and President of the Tarrant County Bar Association (1999-2000). He has also served as an elected director of the State Bar of Texas (2001-2004). He has been recognized as an "Attorney of Excellence" by the Fort Worth Business Press from 2003 to 2005, and has also been recognized as a "Fort Worth Texas Top Attorney" by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine from 2016 to 2017. Texas Monthly Magazine has recognized Steve as a "Texas Super Lawyer" every year since 2004. He has been listed in the Fort Worth Business Press "Who's Who" for 2001, and in the "Who's Who in Texas" for 1990. He was recognized as an "Outstanding Young Man of America" in 1980. In 2012, he was honored by the Tarrant County Bar Association with the "Professionalism Award."

Steve served as the Chairman of the Tarrant County Democratic Party for five years, a post to which he was elected in 2008. He was re-elected twice to that position. He attended the Democratic National Convention in 2008, and serves as a delegate to the Texas Democratic Convention.

Steve's trial practice has included over one hundred jury trials, including Consumer and Deceptive Trade Practice Act cases, medical malpractice cases, and commercial litigation. He has also served as a mediator for more than twenty years. Steve has successfully mediated more than five hundred cases. He has previously served as a Board Member, and as Vice President, of Dispute Resolution of Tarrant County.

He and his wife, Ivy, have three children, two grandchildren and a menagerie of pets.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1991


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1975
    • Honors: Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity
    • Honors: International Law Journal Staff
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
    • B.A. - 1972
    • Honors: Blue Key National Honor Fraternity
    • Honors: Officer, Student Association

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized as "Attorney of Excellence" by Fort Worth Business Press, 2003 - 2005
  • Recognized as "Texas Super Lawyer," Texas Monthly Magazine, 2004 - 2017
  • Recognized as a "Fort Worth Texas Top Attorney," by Fort Worth Texas Magazine, 2003 - 2017
  • Who's Who, Fort Worth Business Press , 2001
  • Who's Who in Texas, 1990
  • Outstanding Young Man of America, 1980
  • A/V RATED by Martindale-Hubbell , 1995 - 2017
  • Tarrant County Bar Association Professionalism Award, 2012
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Charter Fellow, Tarrant County Bar Foundation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas Trial Lawyers, 1980 - Present
  • Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, 1982 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Elected Director, 2001 - 2004
  • Tarrant County Bar Association , President, 1999 - 2000
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, President Elect , 1998 - 1999
  • Tarrant County Bar Association , Vice President , 1997 - 1998
  • Tarrant County Bar Association , Secretary/Treasurer, 1996 - 1997
  • Tarrant County Bar Association , Director, 1994 - 1996
  • Tarrant County Trial Lawyers , President, 1989 - 1990
  • Tarrant County Trial Lawyers , Director, 1984 - 1989
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Director, 1989 - 2002
  • Tarrant County Settlement Week, Chairman, 1989 - 2003
  • Tarrant County Dispute Resolution Service , Vice President, 1999 - 2001
  • Tarrant County Dispute Resolution Service , Director, 1995 - 1998
  • Fort Worth Junior Chamber of Commerce , President, 1979 - 1980
  • Fort Worth Junior Chamber of Commerce , Director, 1976 - 1979
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court
  • District 7 Grievance Committee, 1996 - 1999
  • Tarrant County Democratic Party, Chairman, 2008 - Present


  • Delta Theta Phi