Overview

Steve Rasch is a trial lawyer in Holland & Knight's Dallas office. Mr. Rasch focuses his practice on complex business litigation and arbitration.

Mr. Rasch represents clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters. He has substantial experience in cases involving director and officer liability, corporate governance, hedge funds, lending institutions, shareholder disputes involving closely held corporations, securities fraud, non-compete agreements and restrictive covenants, misappropriation and theft of trade secrets, and trust and estate disputes. He has also defended consumer class action cases. 

Mr. Rasch has practiced for more than 30 years and has appeared in courtrooms across the United States, handling cases in California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. He has tried cases in state and federal courts around Texas, including jury cases tried to verdict in Dallas, Houston, Sherman, Longview and Kerrville.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Rasch was a partner at a large Dallas-based law firm. Following law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Rasch currently serves on the Holland & Knight Directors Committee and is active in the community.         

Representative Experience

  • Represented an electricity and gas reseller in consumer class action litigation
  • Represented a trustee and executor in trust and estate litigation
  • Represented a toxicology laboratory in case involving misappropriation and theft of trade secrets and confidential information
  • Represented a law firm in class action lawsuit involving tax shelter transaction
  • Represented a closely held corporation in connection with shareholder derivative litigation
  • Represented shareholders of a closely held corporation in case involving allegations of stock fraud in connection with the transfer of rights to coronary stent technology
  • Represented a hedge fund in cases involving breach of agreements for private investment in public equity (PIPE) transactions
  • Represented corporate officers and directors in case involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty
  • Represented an international luxury hotel and resort company in connection with claims asserted by developer with respect to a hotel project in Dubai
  • Represented a hospitality provider of asset management services in dispute involving advisory agreement with publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT)
  • Represented an international oil exploration and production company in tortious interference lawsuit involving oil concession rights in the Middle East

Quoted Articles

  • Ambit Energy Gets RICO, Rate Suit Thrown Out, Law360, March 29, 2017
  • Ambit Energy's Service Terms Undermine NJ Price Hike Suit, Law360, July 24, 2015
  • Judge Dismisses Most Defendants and Claims in Mike Leach's Suit, Texas Lawyer, June 14, 2010
  • Leach Suit Defendant: Former Coach's Story Inconsistent, ESPN.com, May 25, 2010

News

  • Court Dismisses Suit Against Ambit Energy Over Pricing; Finds Variable Rates Under Contract Not Required To Be Linked To Energy Markets, Energy Choice Matters, March 22, 2016
  • Ambit Energy Unit Beats Utilities Rate-Hike Suit, Law360, March 21, 2016
  • Judge Dismisses Class Action Lawsuit Against Ambit Energy, Top Class Actions, July 31, 2015
  • Court Dismisses Suit Against Retail Supplier Which Had Alleged Prices Were Not Competitive As Promised, Energy Choice Matters, July 28, 2015

Publications

  • Contributor, Courtroom Psychology and Trial Advocacy, 2002

Credentials

Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., with high honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Memberships
  • de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, Executive Advisory Committee, 2019-Present
  • The Catholic Foundation, Advisory Council, 2010-Present
  • St. Thomas More Society of Dallas, Board of Directors, 2012-Present; President, 2014-2017
  • Cistercian Preparatory School, School Board, 2009-2014
  • St. Rita School Advisory Council, 2002-2005; President, 2004-2005
  • Cistercian Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2001-2004; President, 2003-2004
  • Town North Family YMCA, Board of Management, 1997-2004; Chairman, 2000-2002
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation - Real Estate; Litigation - Securities, 2008-2022
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense, General Litigation, 2003-2021
  • Top Rated Litigators, The American Lawyer, 2021
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, Business/Commercial Litigation, 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Dallas Litigation – Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2014
  • Texas Law Review, Research Editor
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Speaking Engagements