MMr. Melendi’s practice focuses on insurance coverage analysis and disputes. He has represented parties to insurance disputes involving interpretation of liability, property, errors and omissions, commercial auto, trucking, and excess policies, as well as in disputes regarding an insurer’s duty of good faith and fair dealing and other duties throughout the State of Texas at the trial court level and on appeal.

Stephen is rated “AV Pre-eminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He was named a “Texas Super Lawyer” as published in Texas Monthly Magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016; and was named a “Texas Rising Star” as published in Texas Monthly Magazine in 2007 - 2013.

EDUCATION: Stephen graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University School of Law. While in law school, he was an articles editor for the International Law Review Association and is a member of Phi Delta Phi. Mr. Melendi also served as Judicial Extern for the late Chief Judge Jerry Buchmeyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Prior to attending law school Stephen graduated from Texas A & M University with a B.S. in political science.

ADMISSIONS: Mr. Melendi is admitted to practice law before all state courts in Texas, all United States District Courts in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, as well as the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits

MEMBERSHIPS: State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association, College of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Aggie Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) – Greater Dallas Chapter Vice President and Extra Contractual Committee

ACTIVITIES: Council Member, Council of the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2014-present
Dallas Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Director – 2014 – present, Secretary – 2016, Vice-Chair - 2017, Chair 2018
Member of the Planning Committee for the Annual Insurance Law Institute, co-sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law 2009- 2016 (Co-Chair 2014 - 2016)
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) – Greater Dallas Chapter Secretary – 2016-2017, Vice President 2018 - present