Skip to main content

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 – 2022
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

Practice Areas


Banking Litigation and Foreclosures


Construction Litigation
Contract Negotiation
Delay & Impact Claims
Design Malpractice
Government Contracts
Lien & Bond Claims

Corporate & Business

Corporate Entity Disputes
Shareholder Disputes


Banking Litigation & Foreclosures
Construction Litigation
Real Estate Litigation

Real Estate

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