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Aug 2010Apr 2012


Steele Sturm, PLLC

Steele Sturm has assembled and continues to recruit attorneys that have diverse backgrounds in litigation and appellate matters. The firm prides itself on the ideology that every attorney adds a unique perspective based on their prior representation of other legal matters, and it is this knowledge which adds value to our practice and gives clients satisfaction with the job we do. Collectively, Steele Sturm's attorneys have in the past litigated and assumed representation in the following types of matters:

•    Non-Compete and Trade Secrets •    Defense of Corporate Clients in Employment Cases•    General Corporate Representation •    Intellectual Property •    Appellate •    Multi-Plaintiff Complex Litigation •    Class Action •    National Trial Counsel and Defense of Product Manufacturers •    First Party Insurance Coverage and Litigation Defense •    Premises Liability Defense

Mar 2009Aug 2010

Briefing Attorney

Fourteenth Court of Appeals

•    Researched and assisted drafting civil and criminal opinions•    Attended oral arguments at least once a week•    Presented and discussed case synopsis and analysis with a three-justice panel


Jan 2006Dec 2008

Juris Doctor

South Texas College of Law
Achievements•   SOUTH TEXAS LAW REVIEW, Assistant to Managing Editor•   Phi Delta Phi Highest Grade Awards: Property I and Federal Civil Procedure•   Law Student Representative on the Board of the Houston Young Lawyers Association•   Intramural Moot Court Competition, Quarter Finalist
Aug 2001May 2005

Bachelor of Arts

Villanova University

Achievements•    Cum Laude•   Pi Delta Phi, French Honor Society•   Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society, Executive Board Member

Aug 2003May 2003

Study Abroad


•    Studied French language and culture through immersion in French-only speaking courses


Ran Houston Marathon in 2008, Active in Crossfit

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With a broad range of civil and criminal experience, attorney Hillary Rolfes has met with much success in legal writing as well as litigation. Most recently, Ms. Rolfes served as a Litigation Associate at the firm of Steele Sturm in Houston, where she argued a variety of labor, contract, and trade secret cases. She worked extensively with clients filing suit based on the Fair Labor Standards Act and defended those charged with deceptive trade actions and breach of contract. In addition, Hillary Rolfes' duties with Steele Sturm included considerable drafting of documents such as complaints, answers, motions, discovery requests, and settlement agreements.Prior to joining Steele Sturm, Hillary Rolfes served as a Briefing Attorney under Justice John S. Anderson in Houston's Fourteenth Court of Appeals. There, she developed a strong base of experience in legal research and drafting. She participated regularly in the preparation of both civil and criminal opinions and presented case analyses to a panel of three justices, a responsibility that required comprehensive familiarity with appellate law. This position marked Hillary Rolfes' second role with the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. In 2008, she completed a judicial internship with Justice Kem T. Frost. As she would later do with Justice Anderson, Ms. Rolfes conducted considerable research and played a key role in the drafting of opinions. Displaying a strong facility with legal writing, she was frequently called upon to edit Justice Frost's opinions.Hillary Rolfes holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the South Texas College of Law, where she served as Assistant to the Managing Editor of the South Texas Law Review. She has earned admission to the State Bar of Texas and the Southern District of Texas and is currently planning a relocation to the Chicago area.


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