Dee Steer is a Fort Worth native and has been with the firm since 1986. He is a partner and is head of the firmís Estate Planning & Probate practice group as well as the Nonprofit Organizations practice group. In connection with his practice, Mr. Steer has prepared various estate planning documents, including complex wills, irrevocable trusts, revocable trusts, prenuptial agreements, limited partnership documents, and limited liability company documents. Mr. Steer also works closely with clients in addressing their unique family and business issues.
On behalf of various individual and corporate fiduciaries, grantors, beneficiaries and heirs, Mr. Steer has handled trust administration matters and trust interpretation/modification lawsuits. He has prepared numerous estate tax returns and has represented clients before the IRS in the examination of the estate and gift tax returns, both in audits and on appeals. He also has represented clients in Tax Court litigation. Mr. Steer advises clients on the formation, operation and financing of nonprofit corporations and charitable trusts. He works closely with several public charities and private foundations on various corporate governance and tax matters and assists clients in structuring charitable gifts and grants.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Steer has served on the boards of local charities and currently is an officer of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation, Performing Arts Fort Worth, Inc., Fort Worth Community Development Partnership, and Event Facilities Fort Worth, Inc. He and his wife, Linda, have two adult children. Mr. Steer has been recognized by the Fort Worth Business Press and Fort Worth magazine as one of the Cityís top attorneys in the estate planning area, as voted on by local attorneys. He also was selected to be included in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the nonprofits and charities area. Courtesy of his clients, friends and relatives and in recognition of his representation of several wildlife conservation organizations, Mr. Steerís office contains a growing collection of small, inanimate rhinos.
Education & Honors
University of Texas, B.J., with honors, 1977.
University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., 1982
Note Editor, Oklahoma Law Review, 1980-1982
Order of the Coif
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Nonprofits and Charities, 2007 Edition.
Admissions & Affiliations
Tarrant County Probate Bar Section
Tarrant County Tax and Estate Planning Section
United States Tax Court, 1983
Publications & Speeches
Author, "Municipal Corporations: A Recommended Procedure for Accelerating or Revoking Continued Sentences," 34 Okla. L.Rev. 152 (1981).
Editor, "Legal References," a handbook for the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Municipal Courts. 1st Ed. (1980)
Lecturer, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Annual Family Law Seminars (1984-1987)