In high school, attorney Steve Turkett took an aptitude test that suggested he had natural skills that would serve him well as an attorney. Happily, that has turned out to be true. But to reach that point, Steve had to overcome some early challenges.
Due to undiagnosed learning disabilities, Steve performed poorly on a written intelligence test at elementary school and was labeled intellectually disabled. In those days, special education was treated as a “place” and not a service. So, he was placed in the traditional self-contained special education classroom. Thanks to his mother's advocacy, he was given an oral retest and received placement in a regular education class and even admitted to the school’s gifted and talented program. The boy who was placed in the wrong second-grade classroom grew up and graduated college, then law school, with honors.
Following law school, Steve practiced in Kerrville, Texas. There he represented clients in multiple jury trials, mediations and arbitrations, including cases before the Texas Court of Appeals. He later moved to Fort Worth, where he worked as an oil and gas title attorney.
The focus of Steve's practice changed after he and his wife became the parents of two boys, each of whom has different special needs. When the public school system failed to address the needs of his elder son, Steve found himself in the position of being a parent who needed to advocate for a child. He went through the process of employing an attorney to help his son and he felt, first hand, the frustration and anxiety of fighting with the school system. Because of his family’s experience and the similar stories from so many other families, he decided to use the negotiation and dispute resolution skills he had acquired as an attorney, and the knowledge of special education he had gained as a parent, to help other families.
Steve enjoys intellectual challenge of learning, understanding and applying the law as he plans and strategizes to advance his clients' goals. He believes in diligent preparation of a case and being over-prepared for any contingencies. Clients know that Steve truly understands what they are going through. They appreciate that Steve is conscientious and hard-working, and can trust that he will always give them a straightforward and realistic assessment of their situation.