Term: 2010 — 2013
A Fort Worth native, Stephen L. Tatum returned in 2002 to Cantey Hanger after practicing for two other firms–Thompson & Knight and Brown, Herman, Dean, Wiseman, Liser & Hart–in the city for eleven years.
Mr. Tatum's practice is centered in litigation and appeals work. He is board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was first licensed to practice law in Texas in 1979, shortly after his graduation from The University of Texas School of Law in May of that year. While at the Law School, he was a member and Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review and a member of the Admissions Committee. His undergraduate work was completed at Southern Methodist University, where he earned a B.S. in anthropology in 1976. He clerked for the late Honorable David O. Belew, Jr., U. S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas from 1979 to 1980, before coming to work at Cantey Hanger in 1980. He was named a partner in 1985. Mr. Tatum sat on the board of the Tarrant County Bar Association and was a Founding Chair of its Appellate Section. He is a founding member of the Inn of Court CLXXXIV, and its former secretary treasurer.
Mr. Tatum is a member of local, state, and American bar associations, and the Bar Association for the Fifth Federal Circuit. He is also a member of the Second Court of Appeals Advisory Committee and the American Law Institute. Mr. Tatum is admitted to appear before the U S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; U. S. Courts of Appeals, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth & Eleventh Circuits; and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Tatum resides in Fort Worth with his wife, Nenetta. Their daughter Carter resides in New York City and their son Stephen graduated from UT Law last spring and will be working in the Attorney General’s office this fall.