Steven Beauchamp

Steven Beauchamp

Partner
Steven M. Beauchamp is a litigation attorney whose practice focuses on finding creative and practical solutions to complex commercial disputes.

While a significant amount of Mr. Beauchamp’s practice is devoted to construction law and suretyship, he also maintains an active bankruptcy practice where he regularly represents creditors in Chapter 7 and 11 proceedings, including filing claims, resolving disputed claims, working with debtors and other interested parties over the use of cash collateral, stay litigation, and other matters. Additionally, Mr. Beauchamp has extensive experience in secured transactions, insurance coverage, and general business transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Beauchamp was an attorney with a regional boutique law firm where he specialized in representing sureties, owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers on a wide variety of construction-related issues, including litigation, contract negotiations, and alternative dispute resolution. While in law school, Mr. Beauchamp served as a Student Attorney in the SMU Civil Clinic where he represented real clients and handled pro bono cases. He also previously worked for two bankruptcy firms in Dallas as well as spent time with the Department of Justice and Department of Transportation. When not working, Steven enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, and practicing his French.

Representative Cases

  • Obtained $802,713.59 judgment against indemnitors for losses and expenses incurred by Surety on bonded projects in the State of Alabama. US Fire Insurance Company v. Martin, Civil Action No. 21-00226-CG-B (S.D. Ala. 2022).
  • Successfully defended Surety from action in which Debtor sought to dissolve prepetition writ of garnishment and turnover of over $542,762.90 in funds subject to Surety’s $2.2 million judgment. In re: Reytech Services, LLC, Case No. 22-40334-mxm11 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2022).
  • Successfully opposed 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss filed against surety in indemnity action by non-signatory successor companies of principal and indemnitors that previously filed for bankruptcy. U.S. Fire Insurance Company v. G&B Residential Solutions, Inc., et al., Case No. 4:22-CV-477 (N.D. Tex. 2022) (Defendants’ motion denied).
  • Represented developer and surety in successfully recovering critical materials for completion of apartment construction project and obtaining order compelling debtor’s rejection of $3,905,653 subcontract. In re: City Lift Parking, LLC, Case No. 21-42201-mxm7 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2021).
  • Prepared and filed motion to compel rejection of solid waste and recycling collection contracts between waste management company in Chapter 11 and large municipality as well as negotiated resolution of $1,718,569 performance bond claim against surety with debtor and municipality. In re: Red River Waste Solutions, LP, Case No. 21-42423-elm11 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2021).
  • Negotiated and obtained bankruptcy court approval of settlement agreement between upstream oil and gas company, utilities provider, and surety for cancellation of $1,403,000 in surety bonds and resolution of bond claims. In re: Bainbridge Uinta, LLC, et al., Case No. 20-42794-mxm11 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2021).
  • Obtained bankruptcy court approval of settlement between natural gas exploration and production company and surety for resolution of state court lawsuit and requiring debtor to deposit $1,000,000 in collateral as security for surety’s renewing and extending post-petition bonding to debtor. In re: Rockdale Marcellus Holdings, LLC, et al., Case No. 21-22080-GLT (Bankr. W.D. Penn. 2021).
  • Court granted Surety’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings dismissing $2.5 million in unearned subcontract balance on Miller Act project. Maguire-O’Hara Construction, Inc. v. Cool Roofing Systems, Inc, et al., Civil Action No. 5:19-cv-00705-R (W.D. Okla. 2020).
  • Awarded summary judgment for dismissal of payment bond claim in its entirety against surety on McGregor Act project. Nicasio Electric Company, LLC v. Armstrong Roles, LLC, et al., Cause No. 18-08-25130 (Tex. Dist. Ct. 2020).
  • Successfully preserved $3,012,000 in surety’s collateral and negotiated resolution of claims against surety in principal’s bankruptcy. In re: Southern Food Groups, et al., Case No. 19-36313 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2020).
  • Awarded $117,939.34 summary judgment in construction dispute between property owner and general contractor. Putnam v. US Flooring Factory Kitchen & Bath, Case No. 19-CV-0348 (Tex. Dist. Ct. 2019).
  • Obtained favorable settlement of $292,869.85 claim by electrical and mechanical contractor with general contractor and surety on CarbonLITE Recycling Center construction project, including service of international defendant through Hague Convention. Electro-Mech, Inc. v. Beck & Pollitzer, PIHV, et al., Cause No. 18-04050 (Tex. Dist. Ct. 2018).

Professional & Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Law Member, Business Law Member, Construction Law Member
  • Dallas County Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • American Bar Association, Construction Law Member

Education

  • J.D., SMU Dedman School of Law (2017)
  • Dual B.S., Arizona State University (2014)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas, 2018
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado

Honors & Awards

  • Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars: 2021-2024
  • Recipient of three-year SMU Dedman School of Law Dean’s Scholarship
  • Recipient of four-year ASU Dean’s merit scholarship