SStephen’s practice is concentrated on representing insurance carriers in insurance coverage analysis and disputes. He has represented primary and excess insurers in disputes involving interpretation of the coverage provided under a variety of coverage forms including general and professional liability, commercial property, commercial crime, errors and omissions, commercial auto, trucking, as well as in disputes regarding an insurer’s duty of good faith and fair dealing and other duties throughout the State of Texas at the trial court level and on appeal. In addition, Stephen regularly advises insurers on coverage issues outside of litigation, as well as providing insurers with assistance in promulgating forms.

Stephen is rated “AV Pre-eminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He has been named a “Texas Super Lawyer” annually since 2013; and was named a “Texas Rising Star” annually from 2007 - 2013.

Stephen is Ranked in Chambers USA in Texas Insurance in 2021, and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law.

ADMISSIONS:
Mr. Melendi is admitted to practice law before all state courts in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico all United States District Courts in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, as well as the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits. Stephen has also appeared in other courts throughout the country pro hac vice.

EDUCATION:
Stephen graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University School of Law. While in law school, he was an articles editor for the International Law Review Association and is a member of Phi Delta Phi. Mr. Melendi also served as Judicial Extern for the late Judge Jerry Buchmeyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Prior to attending law school Stephen graduated from Texas A & M University.

MEMBERSHIPS:
State Bar of Texas
American Bar Association
Dallas Bar Association
College of the State Bar of Texas
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

ACTIVITIES:
Council of the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
    Chair Elect 2021
  • Secretary 2020
  • Treasurer 2019
  • Council Member 2014- present
  • CLE Committee Chair 2018-2019; 2014-2016
Dallas Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Chair 2018
  • Director – 2014 – 2019
  • Secretary – 2016
  • Vice-Chair - 2017, Chair 2018
Member of the Planning Committee for the Annual Insurance Law Institute
  • Co-sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law 2009- 2016
  • Co-Chair 2014 - 2016)
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Greater Dallas Chapter Vice-President 2018- present
  • Greater Dallas Chapter Secretary – 2016-2017



Personal:
Mr. Melendi was born, and resides, in Dallas, Texas, and is a fourth generation Dallasite.
Mr. Melendi is an Eagle Scout.

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