Stacy R. Obenhaus

Of Counsel


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.

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, 2021)


  • 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)


  • 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


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