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Bernard Van O'Steen Jr

Bernard Van O'Steen Jr

also known as Van O'Steen

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About Me

Van is a founding partner of O'Steen & Harrison, PLC, where he works in the areas of dangerous and defective products, personal injury and business litigation.

He graduated from California Western University in 1968 (B.A.), where he was included in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.  He graduated from Arizona State University College of Law in 1972 (J.D., cum laude).  He served as an editor on the Arizona State Law Journal.

Van was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1972 and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Arizona, the United States District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Claims and the United State Supreme Court.

He is a past-president of the American Legal Clinic Association, past-chair of the American Bar Association Special Commitee on the Delivery of Legal Services, a member of the ABA Consortium on Legal Services and the Public, a member of the American Association for Justice and the Arizona Association for Justice.  He is a Fellow in the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education.  He was a founding director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest.

Van is av-rated (the highest rating) by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.  He also was voted--by other lawyers--for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America Consumer Guide.

Van is profiled in the publication Who's  Who in American Law.  He authored a legal advice column which appeared in various Arizona newspapers, and he is the author of numerous self-help packets which enable consumers to attend to many of their own legal needs without having to hire a lawyer.

In 1977, Van went to the U.S. Supreme Court and won the landmark case permitting lawyers, doctors and other professionals to advertise their services and fees.  As a result of this important consumer victory, the costs of legal services have declined.

Van was born in Tennessee in 1946 and moved to Arizona in 1959.


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Practice Areas


  1. Defective and Dangerous Products: 80%
    43 years
  2. Business: 10%
  3. Personal Injury: 10%



Hourly ($350-400/hour), Contingent (29-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Bernard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeffrey M. Freedman

    My law practice is in Buffalo, N.Y., and I know who to call when my clients need a personal injury lawyer in Arizona. Van O'Steen is among the very best and brightest lawyers I know. I highly recommend him and his law firm.


    Jeffrey Freedman Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

O'Steen & Harrison, PLC

300 W Clarendon Ave Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ, 85013-3424

O'Steen & Harrison, PLC

17235 N. 75th Ave., Suite E-110
Glendale, AZ, 85308

O'Steen & Harrison, PLC

Building 3, Suite 111
1757 E. Baseline Rd.
Gilbert, AZ, 85233

Van O'Steen, Attorneys at Law

2033 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ, 85719



AZActive 197205/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
Founding FellowArizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education1985
Cum LaudeArizona State University College of Law1972
Associate EditorArizona State Law Journal1971
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American LawN/A
Distinguished Alumnus AwardArizona State University College of LawN/A
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding PartnerO'Steen & Harrison, PLC2004 - Present
Founding PartnerVan O'Steen and Partners1980 - 2004
FounderO'Steen Legal Clinic1974 - 1977
Staff AttorneyMaricopa County Legal Aid Society1972 - 1974
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Special Committee on the Delivery of Legal ServicesChairperson1983 - 1986
American Bar Association, Special Committee on the Delivery of Legal ServicesMember1982 - 1983
American Legal Clinic AssociationPresident1979 - 1980
State Bar of ArizonaMember, Various Committees1978 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1978 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Arizona Center for Law in the Public InterestFounding Director1974 - 1977
State Bar of ArizonaMember1972 - Present
American Bar Association, Consortium on Legal Services and the PublicMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Bates and O'Steen v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977)The United States Supreme Court declared unconstitutional Arizona's rule prohibiting all lawyer advertising.
State of Arizona v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co., et al.$3.1 billion settlement for Arizona taxpayers
Culbertson v. Leland, 528 F.2d 426 (9th Cir. 1975)The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declared unconstitutional Arizona's Innkeeper's Lien Statute.
See all Legal Cases 
Publication NameTitleDate
Arizona Law ReviewThe FDA Defense: Vioxx and the Argument Against Federal Preemption of State Claims for Injuries Resulting From Defective Drugs2006
Arizona State Law JournalBates v. State Bar of Arizona: The Personal Account of a Party and the Consumer Benefits of Lawyer Advertising2005
The Arizona Republic and Twelve Other Arizona NewspapersLegal Advice Columns1998
Law and the Social OrderState Denials of Unemployment Insurance Benefits to Persons Who Limit Their Employment Possibilities by Wearing Long Hair1971
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, cum laude1972
California Western UniversityPre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1968
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Professional Responsibility (Course)Lawyer Advertising and Legal Ethics2010
Commencement, Arizona State University College of LawCommencement Keynote Speaker2004