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Dulaney G. "Dee" Steer


Dulaney G. "Dee" Steer is a senior partner in the firm's Estate Planning, Probate and Nonprofit Organizations practice group.  He has prepared numerous estate planning documents, including complex wills, irrevocable trusts, revocable trusts, prenuptial agreements, limited partnership documents, and limited liability company documents. Mr. Steer also works closely with clients in addressing their unique family and business issues.

On behalf of various individual and corporate trustees and executors, grantors, beneficiaries and heirs, Mr. Steer has handled trust and estate administration matters and trust and will interpretation/modification lawsuits. He has prepared numerous estate tax returns and has represented clients before the IRS in the examination of  estate and gift tax returns, both in audits and on appeals. He also has represented clients in Tax Court litigation. He advises clients on the formation, operation and financing of nonprofit corporations and charitable trusts. He works closely with numerous public charities and private foundations on various corporate governance and tax matters and assists clients in structuring charitable gifts and grants.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Steer has served on the boards of local charities and currently is an officer of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation, Performing Arts Fort Worth, Inc., The Philecology Foundation, and Event Facilities Fort Worth, Inc. He has been recognized by the Fort Worth Business Press and Fort Worth magazine as one of the city's top attorneys in the estate planning area, as voted on by local attorneys. Mr. Steer was also selected to be included in the 2007-2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in the trusts and estates area.

Affiliations and honors


  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Tax & Estate Planning Section


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2021
  • Top Attorney in Attorneys for Non Profits Law, 360 West magazine, 2017-2020
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2020
  • Top Attorney in Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Probates, 360 West magazine, 2019
  • Top Attorney, Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2012, 2014
  • Attorney of Excellence, Elite 100, Fort Worth Business Press, 2004
  • Attorney of Excellence in Estate and Probate Law, Fort Worth Business Press, 2003
  •  The University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., 1982
         Oklahoma Law Review, Note Editor, 1980-1982
         Order of the Coif
  • The University of Texas, B.J., with honors, 1977
  • State Bar of Oklahoma, 1982
  • State Bar of Texas, 1986
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
Speeches & Publications
  • Author, "Municipal Corporations: A Recommended Procedure for Accelerating or Revoking Continued Sentences," 34 Okla. L.Rev. 152 (1981)
  • Editor, "Legal References," a handbook for the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Municipal Courts. 1st Ed. (1980)
  • Lecturer, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Annual Family Law Seminars (1984-1987)
Mr. Steer, counsel for the International Rhino Foundation, prepared the memorandum of understanding which resulted in the translocation of black rhinos from Africa to the U.S.