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John Scheef

C. John Scheef, III



Mr. Scheef’s reputation for unparalleled advocacy in federal and state courts assists his clients with commercial litigation, construction law, and construction litigation. He serves as a primary advisor and outside general counsel to clients as they make key business and legal decisions. He diligently works to resolve disputes and negotiates business arrangements for clients on their behalf. He works closely with his clients on matters including breach of contract and risk management, litigation avoidance, representation in disputes over payment and lack of payment, time frame for completion of projects and defects and problems occurring after completion of a project. In addition, he works with clients during negotiations and advises his clients during various phases of construction projects. Mr. Scheef’s impressive technical background and resources help him to evaluate his clients’ needs and remedies under the law.

Mr. Scheef assists clients in the day to day disputes that arise in the construction industry. He works routinely with governmental entities, architects, general contractors and subcontractors in the areas of contract disputes, delay claims, and claims of construction defect.

  • Appointed Member, Collin County Economic Recovery Task Force, 2020
  • Council Member, State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section, 2005 to 2008
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Chairman, Construction Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 2002
  • Juris Doctor, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, 1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Texas A&M, 1981
  • Selected in “The Best Lawyers in America” list for Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, 2024
  • AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2000 – 2020
  • Selected as “Best Lawyers in Dallas”, D Magazine, 2017 – 2021
  • Recognized in “Best Lawyers in Texas” list, Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2013 – 2020
  • Named in “Texas Super Lawyer” list, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2021, 2023
  • Selected as one of the “Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers in Business and Commercial Litigation”, Legal Leaders Magazine, 2014
  • Recognized as one of the “Top Rated Lawyers in Commercial Litigation Law”, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Martindale Hubbell, and National Law Journal, 2013
  • Banking Litigation and Foreclosures
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Delay & Impact Claims
  • Design Malpractice
  • Government Contracts
  • Lien & Bond Claims
  • Corporate Entity Disputes
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Banking Litigation & Foreclosures
  • Construction Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Speaker, “Proper Project Documentation,” Department of Construction Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2006
  • Speaker, “The Legal Profession and the Entrepreneurial History of Scheef and Stone LLP,” Texas A&M University, 2006
  • Speaker and Panelist, “The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues in Texas,” Lorman Education Services, 2005
  • Speaker, “Tricks, Traps and Ploys Used in Construction Scheduling in Texas,” Lorman Education Services, 2004
  • Speaker, “Key Legal Issues for Contractors,” Mechanical Contractors Association, 1997
  • Speaker, “Negotiating Construction Contracts,” Institute of Real Estate Management, 1996
  • Author and Speaker, “Proper Project Documentation,” Association of General Contractors, Dallas and San Antonio Chapters, 1994
  • Speaker, “Perfecting a Valid Mechanic’s Lien: Dotting Your I’s and Crossing Your T’s,” Plano Bar Association, 1989
  • State Bar of Texas