Steven W. Dimitt
As a partner in Jackson Walker’s Dallas office, Steven has built a practice representing clients—including large corporations, small businesses, and individuals—in a broad range of matters involving disputes in state and federal court, drafting and negotiating transactions, and serving as an outside general counsel. Steven takes the time to gain a thorough understanding of his clients’ needs and provides value-added solutions to help his clients through any legal issues they are facing in their businesses.
In Steven’s litigation practice, he focuses on early risk assessment to provide his clients with pragmatic solutions to protect their interests. He has represented clients in a broad range of matters from complex business disputes to catastrophic tort cases involving construction, deceptive trade practices, and premises liability matters. He is experienced in all phases of litigation from investigation to trial and appeal. Steven also has an extensive motion practice, including drafting and arguing various evidentiary and dispositive motions.
Real Estate and Land Use Litigation
In addition to a general business litigation practice, Steven focuses on representing property owners, real estate developers, and brokers in real estate and land use disputes. He represents clients with landlord-tenant disputes, broker commission disputes, and real estate partnership disputes. He also represents clients in litigation disputes with local governmental entities involving takings, inverse condemnation, impact fees, and vested rights.
Commercial and Residential Construction
Steven also serves as an advocate and counselor to homebuilders, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in construction contract negotiations and litigation disputes. He has extensive experience negotiating and drafting contracts for clients to allow them to minimize risk exposure before starting a construction project. He has also represented clients with construction defect claims, bond claims, mechanic’s and materialmen’s liens, architect and engineer professional liability, and payment claims.
Land Use and Zoning
In addition to assisting clients with land use litigation matters, Steven also represents clients throughout the zoning and planning process. He has represented real estate developers and property owners in a variety of land use issues, including zoning changes, specific use permits, abandonments, and planned development districts. He has also represented clients before boards of adjustment on variances and special exceptions and assists clients with permitting issues.
Outside General Counsel
Steven’s outside general counsel practice focuses on advising successful small businesses whose expanding legal needs can no longer be serviced by a solo legal practitioner. Steven meets with his clients to address their current legal issues and works with them to develop a strategic plan for their growing small business. After identifying his clients’ legal issues, Steven serves as his clients’ point of contact and selects the lawyers in one or more of Jackson Walker’s wide-ranging practice areas who have the specific experience to fully service the clients’ particular needs.
Churches and Other Religious Organizations
Steven represents churches and other religious organizations throughout the country who are facing land use disputes with municipalities. Steven’s practice has most recently focused on protecting churches’ rights under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person’s Act (RLUIPA). RLUIPA prohibits zoning laws that discriminate on the basis of religion, treat religious organizations on less than equal terms with nonreligious institutions, or unlawfully place a substantial burden on religious exercise. Steven is cognizant of his clients’ desire to serve the community long after the dispute is over and he crafts his strategy to meet his clients’ long term needs. He also works with Jackson Walker’s non-profit, tax, and employment lawyers to service the churches’ other legal needs.
During college, Steven was involved in several philanthropic organizations and served as president of Delta Tau Delta fraternity for two consecutive terms. After college, he was a commercial banking financial analyst, where he evaluated the financial viability of numerous corporations.
B.B.A, Texas Tech University
J.D., cum laude, SMU Dedman School of Law
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
- The Real Estate Council, ALC Class, 2018
- Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2016-2019
- “The City of Dallas Bolsters Its Regulations on Construction in the Public Right-of-Way,” June 2019
- Co-Author, “Dallas Court of Appeals Holds Municipalities Cannot Enforce Building Codes in Their ETJs,” June 2018
- Co-Author, “Does FEMA Unconstitutionally Deny Relief to Churches? President Trump Thinks So And He May Be Right,” September 2017
- Co-Author, “The Texas Tree Mitigation Fee Credit Bill is Resurrected from the Dead,” September 2017
- Co-Author, “RLUIPA and Islamic Society of Basking Ridge v. Township of Bernards: Defining and Protecting the Intersection of Property Law and Religious Freedom for All Faiths,” Real Estate, Condemnation, and Trust section of the Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association, July 2017
- Co-Author, “A Prevailing Party May Now Recover Attorney’s Fees in a Vested Rights Dispute,” June 2017
- Co-Author, “Tips for Handling a RLUIPA Lawsuit,” American Bar Association, April 2017
- Co-Author, “Texas Supreme Court Affirms Property Owners’ Rights Within the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction,” September 2016
- The Real Estate Council
- Dallas Builders Association
- Texas Association of Builders
- Collin County Association of Young Lawyers
- TEXO – The Construction Association
- National Association of Church Design Builders (NACDB)
- The Church Network