J. Stephen Toland


1406 Waller Street, Austin, Texas 78702
P: 512-474-4445 | Fax: 512-474-4466
E: stoland@ptandclaw.com


Steve Toland is a founding and managing partner at Peek Toland & Castañeda, where he is the head of the Firm’s White Collar Defense practice. He represents a diverse array of U.S. and foreign companies, executives, entrepreneurs, investors and other individuals in a variety of white collar and investigative matters in both state and federal courts, including defending those accused of corporate fraud, insurance fraud, money laundering, cybercrimes, counterfeiting, tax evasion, embezzlement, and racketeering. In addition to his white collar defense practice in federal court, he maintains an active county court docket throughout Central Texas.

Mr. Toland was born and raised along the U.S. and Mexico border in Harlingen, Texas, and growing up he enjoyed frequent trips to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Steve obtained a Certificate of Legal Studies from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City while clerking for a Mexican law firm, and has been a guest lecturer at the Universidad Panamericana in Guadalarara, Mexico. He particularly enjoys using his Spanish and international experience studying, living and travelling in Mexico while representing multinational companies, executives and individuals from Latin America and across the world.


  • St. Mary’s School of Law, Juris Doctorate (2000)
  • UNAM Mexico City, Certificate of Legal Studies (1998)
  • Mississippi College, Master of Science, Communication (1995)
  • Tulane University, Bachelor of Arts (1994)

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Western, Southern, and Northern Districts of Texas.

Teaching positions

  • Guest Lecturer, St. Mary’s School of Law (2016 – 2017)

Professional Experience

  • Peek Toland & Castañeda, PLLC, Austin, Texas, Partner
  • Toland Law Firm, P.C., Austin, Texas, Sole Owner
  • Watson, Bishop, London & Brophy, P.C., Austin, Texas, Associate Attorney
  • Office of the Attorney General, Transportation Division, Austin, Texas, Assistant Attorney General, Honors Program
  • The Honorable Edward C. Prado, United States District Judge, Western District of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Law Clerk

Reported Cases

  • In re State, 65 S. W. 3d 383 (Tex.App.-Tyler Jan. 23, 2003).
  • Texas Dept. of Transportation v. City of Sunset Valley, 92 S.W. 3d 540 (Tex.App-Austin 2002, no pet.).

Seminars & Publications

  • “Ethical Plea Negotiations”, CLE, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association, Austin, Texas 2016
  • “Supervised Release”, CLE, Federal Bench Bar, Waco, Texas 2016
  • “Plea Negotiations”, CLE, Austin Bar Association, Austin, Texas 2012
  • “Strategies for Legal Research on the Web-Locating Persons and Finding Background Information”, Austin, Texas 2008
  • “Managing Discovery-Why E-Discovery Can Give You the Edge in Your Next Case”, Austin, Texas 2008
  • “Criminal Litigation Case Management”, Austin, Texas 2004
  • “Business Tort Update”, State Bar of Texas Litigation Update Institute, 2003
  • “Advanced Legal Drafting”, Austin, Texas 2003
  • “Basic Concepts in American Tort Law” (In Spanish), Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2002

Professional Memberships

  • President, St. Mary’s School of Law Austin Alumni Association, 2012 to Present
  • Board Member, St. Mary’s School of Law Alumni Association, 2012 to Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Austin Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • La Refineria (non-profit men’s ministry), President, Board Member, 2015 to Present
  • Bethany Lutheran Church, Elder, 2007 to Present
  • Leadership Austin, Emerge Program, Fall 2007
  • Cast for Kids, 2005 to Present
  • Austin Kiwanis Club, Board of Directors, (2001 to 2011) and President (2004 to 2005)


  • Spanish