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Celebrating the Heroic Legacy of Steve Shoultz NOT GONNAWASTE A DAY
This year, I lost someone who was a very important part of my life. Describing Steve Shoultz as a mentor doesn’t begin to cover it — he was more like family to me. It’s been a tough last few months. As any of you who’ve lost someone close to you know, there are good days and bad days. But I know that by sharing Steve’s story and my memories of the incredible person he was, his legacy can live on. Steve went to the University of Toledo College of Law. When he got out of law school, he came to Dallas to practice, starting fresh with no connections. He was a family lawyer for seven years and got really good at it, but, in his heart, he knew he wanted to be a personal injury trial lawyer. So, he started his own firm and began taking cases. By the end of his career, Steve had tried over 300 personal injury trial cases. Steve was a trial lawyer through and through, more than anyone I’ve ever met. He was born to be a trial lawyer. Since he was a kid, that’s the path he knew he wanted to take. He made it a reality and turned his passion into an opportunity to help others. In 2011, Steve was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare type of bone marrow cancer. He spent 2012 rehabbing and, when he got back to work, had a new lease on life. He wasn’t going to waste a day; he was going to try every single case that came his way. Trying cases was what he loved to do, and he wanted to be the best he could be at it. Steve dove in, trying case after case, as well as committing 100% of his time to Don Keenan and the Keenan Edge. It didn’t matter the size of the case or likelihood of success. If someone needed a trial lawyer, Steve was there. Steve truly believed in the jury system and our rights put forth in the Seventh Amendment, and he was going to fight for them. I met Steve Shoultz in 2013 when I watched him speak at a seminar and was immediately blown away by his creativity, innovation, and fearlessness. After I saw Steve speak at that seminar, I waited for everyone to leave and introduced myself. We stayed in touch, and, over the course of the year, we began meeting up every Friday night
for dinner, where we’d talk about trial strategy, cases, and different philosophies. This became our tradition, all the way up to me starting my own firm. At that point, we began working together. In yet another way, Steve changed the game for me. I still remember the first case we tried together. Steve called me on a Friday night and told me he had a case going to trial the following week. We talked in depth about it. Saturday morning, I got another
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