Mr. Steidley grew up in a military family. His father was in law enforcement as an Air Policeman in the United States Air Force, and later became a U.S. Treasury Agent. Jeff entered the U.S Army after high school and served three years, attaining the rank of Buck Sergeant. His brother Mike served in the Air Force, and his other brother Darrell served in the Navy.
After the Army, Jeff began college at Middle Tennessee State University, ultimately graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He then attended the Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the prestigious Vanderbilt Law Review. He was recruited from Vanderbilt Law School to come to Houston, Texas to work for Vinson & Elkins, one of the largest law firms in the country. In the year between his graduation from Vandy Law, and showing up for work at V&E, Jeff clerked for the Honorable Bailey Brown, Jr., who was a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. (Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan).
During his tenure with Vinson & Elkins, Mr. Steidley began his active trial practice, and also served the State Bar of Texas as a member of Disciplinary Committee 4-D, which he later chaired. During this time he also assisted the students at the University of Houston Law Center as an adjunct professor of law in the areas of trial and appellate practice, where he taught off and on for over a decade.
Mr. Steidley first became Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law in 1985, and has retained his board certification over the ensuing years. He continues to have significant personal injury cases, but his trial practice has over the years extended to virtually all area of civil litigation. He has tried cases in state and federal courts, and has appeared before the appellate courts of Texas and the United States. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, has received the highest “AV” rating, and has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer for many years.
Mr. Steidley has three grown children, Rachel, Amalie and Winston. His interests outside of his law practice and his children include riding his 2009 Harley Davidson Heritage Classic, playing golf, fishing, working out, yoga and meditation.