Butler Snow is pleased to announce that attorney Travis R. Steele has joined the firm, and will practice with the firm’s commercial litigation group. Steele will practice from Albuquerque, N.M., expanding the firm’s footprint to 17 domestic locations and one in London.
Steele focuses his practice on commercial litigation, Native American gaming, oil and gas, and real estate litigation. This addition follows Butler Snow’s recent expansion in Nashville where the firm added 13 attorneys to the commercial litigation group.
“Travis is a knowledgeable lawyer with extensive experience in the energy sector,” said Donald Clark, Jr., chairman of Butler Snow. “We’re happy to have him join us, and add even more depth and experience to our commercial litigation and energy industry teams.”
Steele earned his bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University, where he graduated cum laude. He regularly prosecutes and defends commercial lawsuits, including contract disputes, lien issues, copyright claims, allegations of unfair business practices, and other issues stemming from business dealings. Steele also regularly advises clients on licensure, regulatory and litigation matters related to Native American gaming, and has substantial experience in sovereign immunity and tribal exhaustion cases. He has experience in responding to federal investigations, including False Claims Act investigations by the office of the inspector general. Steele also regularly represents construction and real estate clients in breach of contract matters, lien disputes and construction defect litigation. In addition, he has also represented financial institutions in the recovery of secured collateral, garnishments and loan default matters.
Steele, who is admitted to practice in California, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation, is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and a graduate of the Leadership Albuquerque Class of 2011. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Albuquerque Bar Association, and the State Bar of New Mexico Client Protection Fund Commission.