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Attorney Stew Schmella


Stew Schmella is a civil trial lawyer and mediator. Since beginning his law practice in 2001, Stew has focused his trial practice on representing individuals and businesses in personal injury matters, property, insurance, employment, and business disputes.

Stew also focuses on defending bars and restaurants from claims involving the alleged service of alcoholic beverages to intoxicated persons. Stew represents clients in claims involving wrongful death, assault, breach of contract, negligence, the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, the Texas Insurance Code, the Texas Dram Shop Act, products liability, and premises liability. Stew’s clients include restaurants, bars, hotels, pubs, clubs, insurance companies, and businesses. Stew has handled cases at all stages, from investigations before suit through trial and appeals. Stew also counsels bars and restaurants on how to avoid or minimize liability exposure for liquor liability and other claims.

While attending Rice University in Houston, Stew bartended and managed at Willy’s Pub. Willy’s Pub is a student-run pub on the Rice University campus.


Mr. Schmella graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center in 2001. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Rice University in 1998.


Completed TABC Seller/Server Certification Course

Houston Bar Association

• Member, Texas Bar College

• Texas Association of Defense Counsel

• Member, Council on Litigation Management (CLM)

• Texas Association of Mediators

• Selected to Texas Rising Stars in 2005 and 2010 by Thomson Reuters

• Licensed to practice in state courts in Texas

• Licensed to practice in all federal district courts in Texas

• Licensed to practice in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

COMMUNITY SERVICE and personal Interests

• Member, American Homebrewers Association

• Volunteer Mediator, Dispute Resolution Center of Harris County

• Member, Society of American Baseball Research (SABR)

Hobbies include brewing beer, cooking, movies, and sports of all kinds

• Married to Samia and father to twins, Laney and Neil

Please let Lanza & Schmella know how we can help your business.

Phone: 713-669-1462  -  Fax: 713-668-6417

Email: sschmella@TexasAlcoholLawyers.com