Stacy R. Obenhaus

Of Counsel

Overview

Stacy Obenhaus is an experienced appeals attorney with deep understanding of many substantive areas of law – commercial litigation, insurance coverage, business torts, intellectual property and bankruptcy, among others. Known by clients and other lawyers as a master in handling procedural issues and drafting jury charges, he has handled hundreds of cases in the Texas state and federal courts, the Texas Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Texas and various federal appellate courts around the country.

Representing any company doing significant business in Texas, Stacy views appellate litigation as a business strategy, and he works with the trial team and clients to determine the best approach before, during and after trial. Because he has worked closely with lawyers in so many essential areas of law, he knows how to quickly analyze a case to determine what should be appealed and what should be dropped. Stacy is recognized as a succinct and compelling writer and storyteller – able to condense and distill arcane legal issues into just enough detail to persuasively communicate his client’s story.

Stacy has been board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Appellate Law since 1992, and he currently serves as local copyright litigation counsel for ASCAP, the performing rights organization.

Presentations and Publications

  • Author, “Interlocutory Appeals,” State Bar of Texas, 40th Annual Advanced Civil Trial (July, August, October 2017)
  • Speaker, State Bar of Texas, 28th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course: Civil Appellate Practice 101: Messing with the Appellant (September 2014)
  • Author, “Where Do I Start in Drafting a Civil Jury Charge?” Dallas Bar Ass’n Headnotes (March 2014)
  • Speaker, State Bar of Texas, 27th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course: Avoiding Briefing Waiver in the Texas Courts of Appeals (September 2013)
  • Speaker, The University of Texas School of Law 22nd Annual Conf. on State and Federal Appeals: Ten Things the Texas Courts of Appeals Could Do Better (According to the Appellate Bar) (June 2012)
  • Author, “Inherent Judicial Power and the Principles of Appellate Review,” 22:4 App. Advocate 368-81 (Summer 2010)
  • Author, “Some Practical Suggestions for Dealing with the Presumed Findings Rules in Texas Civil Procedure,” 16:4 App. Advocate 5-9 (Spring 2004)
  • Author, “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: The Appellate Mandate in Texas Courts,” 15:4 App. Advocate 4-11 (Winter 2003)
  • Speaker, The University of Texas School of Law 13th Annual Conf. on State and Federal Appeals: Presumed Findings in Texas and Federal Civil Procedure (June 2003)
  • Co-author, “The University of Texas School of Law 11th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals: The Texas Supreme Court by the Numbers - A Statistical Survey” (May 2001
  • Author, “The Highway to Basra and the Ethics of Pursuit,” Military Review 51-57 No. 2 (March-April 2000)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Appellate Section
  • Member, The Missouri Bar
  • Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Community Involvement

  • Lifetime Member, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Lifetime Member, Friends of ACU Library

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Appellate (2003-2010)
  • Recognized, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Appellate Practice (2020-2022)

Education

  • M.T.S., Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology (2002)
  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law (1985)
    • Articles editor, Texas Law Review
  • B.A., Oklahoma Christian College (1982)

Admissions

  • Texas (1988)
  • Texas State Courts (1988)
  • Supreme Court of Texas (1988)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1993)

Languages Spoken

  • French

Insights

Interlocutory Appeals

10.25.17, 08.16.17 & 07.19.17

Appellate Options a Party Has When the Court Refuses to Rule

07 September 2017

Speaker, Avoiding Briefing Waiver in the Texas Courts of Appeals

12 September 2013

Speaker, Ten Things the Texas Courts of Appeals Could Do Better (According to the Appellate Bar)

01 June 2012