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Steven Moses | Attorney | Cowles and Thompson

Steven J. Moses


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Summary

Steven Moses is a Shareholder in the Tort and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups of Cowles & Thompson. He represents clients on a wide range of legal matters including premises liability, business/commercial litigation, construction project litigation, and real estate matters.  He has achieved outcomes favorable to his clients in matters related to trial, arbitration, re-trial of claims, settlements, and mediations.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained pretrial dismissal of premises liability case wherein plaintiff alleged over $100,000 in damages.  May 2015
  • Obtained pretrial dismissal of premises liability case wherein plaintiff alleged over $100,000 in damages.  April 2014
  • Obtained pretrial dismissal of premises liability case wherein plaintiff alleged over $80,000 in damages.  April 2014
  • Obtained pretrial dismissal of premises liability case wherein plaintiff alleged over $100,000 in damages.  September 2013
  • Obtained pretrial dismissal of premises liability case wherein plaintiff alleged over $100,000 in damages.  July 2013
  • Obtained pretrial dismissal of premises liability case wherein plaintiff alleged over $100,000 in damages.  August 2012
  • As lead counsel, successfully obtained eviction of residential tenant and judgment against tenant for outstanding rent.  April 2012
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of claims against a major retailer stemming from an investigative detainment. Plaintiff alleged client racially-profiled him, detained him unlawfully, committed assault against him, and maliciously prosecuted him criminally.  January 2012
  • Obtained favorable settlement for client in matter involving a $20 million commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) loan dispute. The Firm’s client was an upscale, full-service luxury hotel branded with a world-wide leader in the hotel industry. The client exercised its right under the loan agreement to “re-brand” the hotel; however, the master servicer and special servicer of the CMBS loan allegedly failed to grant borrower’s unfettered right to “re-brand” the hotel in a timely manner. Borrower asserted damage claims for diminution in value to the hotel. CMBS lender waived default interest, attorneys’ fees and other monetary claims. Borrower re-negotiated interest rate, maturity date and other issues favorable to borrower.  December 2010
  • Obtained favorable settlement for client accused of “price-gouging” in lawsuit filed on behalf of the State of Texas by the Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection & Public Health Division. The State of Texas alleged that our client hotelier engaged in price-gouging by demanding and charging Hurricane Ike evacuees excessive prices for lodging after Texas Governor Rick Perry declared a state of disaster from Hurricane Ike. The State of Texas further alleged the hotel charged and collected state and local hotel/motel taxes from Hurricane Ike evacuees in violation of the waiver issued by the Governor.  The client entered into a Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction in lieu of large civil and criminal fines and other injunctive penalties.  November 2009
  • Successfully tried case to jury verdict and obtained a six-figure award along with an award of all claimed attorneys’ fees and costs on behalf of client. The litigation involved enforcement of two post-separation agreements (Separation, Release and Restructuring Agreement, and Contribution and Indemnification Agreement) that related to the division of commercial shopping centers, the transfer of general partner interests, and liability of the managing general partner for committing “Bad Boy Guarantor” acts under the Indemnification Agreement.  The Defendant was found liable for not indemnifying and reimbursing the Plaintiff for payment of ad valorem taxes to the lender.  March 2009
  • Successfully retried claim involving airport access fees charged by the firm’s municipality client.  In first trial, the fees were ruled invalid; in retrial, client was awarded all past fees and attorney fees.  November 2009
  • Obtained favorable pre-suit mediation result for commercial tenant client facing default under commercial lease agreement.  Client was released from all obligations, including nearly $1 million in accelerated rent, and landlord received no compensation.  April 2008
  • Represented franchisee against national franchisor in successful arbitration, obtaining a declaratory ruling of fraud against the franchisor and affirmative monetary relief.  April 2008
  • Prevailed at trial on behalf of firm’s trucking delivery company client in employee benefits case.  April 2007

Publications

  • “Arbitration:  Panacea or Nightmare?”, co-author, Lodging Hospitality, January 2009

Education

  • J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law, 2006
    • National semi-finalist, Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
  • B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Texas at Arlington, 2000

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • J.L. Turner Legal Association

Honors

  • Selected to “Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014 — Tort, Product and Medical Liability Litigation Defense,” by D Magazine, 2014
  • Selected to Texas Rising Stars© by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers®, 2010-2012, 2014-2016

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