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.
Licensed since 1972
Hourly ($350-400/hour), Contingent (29-40%)
Van O'Steen has been a diligent attorney on behalf of injured and impoverished clients for over 30 years. He has been an asset to the legal community providing training to other attorneys in marketing and handling product liability cases throughout the country.
Paul Friedman Personal Injury Attorney
Van Oâ€™Steen has devoted his career to providing excellent legal representation and access to justice for all. A frequent guest lecturer in the law schoolâ€™s courses on professional responsibility, Oâ€™Steenâ€™s integrity and values are of the highest caliber. He combines a keen knowledge of the legal system with empathy and experience. When any victim of personal injury asks me to recommend an attorney, Van Oâ€™Steen is the first name I give.
Charles Calleros Personal Injury Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Founding Fellow||Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education||1985|
|Cum Laude||Arizona State University College of Law||1972|
|Associate Editor||Arizona State Law Journal||1971|
|Who's Who in American Law||Who's Who In American Law||N/A|
|Distinguished Alumnus Award||Arizona State University College of Law||N/A|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||N/A|
|Founding Partner||O'Steen & Harrison, PLC||2004 - Present|
|Founding Partner||Van O'Steen and Partners||1980 - 2004|
|Founder||O'Steen Legal Clinic||1974 - 1977|
|Staff Attorney||Maricopa County Legal Aid Society||1972 - 1974|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Bar Association, Special Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services||Chairperson||1983 - 1986|
|American Bar Association, Special Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services||Member||1982 - 1983|
|American Legal Clinic Association||President||1979 - 1980|
|State Bar of Arizona||Member, Various Committees||1978 - Present|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1978 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1975 - Present|
|Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest||Founding Director||1974 - 1977|
|State Bar of Arizona||Member||1972 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Consortium on Legal Services and the Public||Member||N/A|
|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.|
|Arizona Law Review||The FDA Defense: Vioxx and the Argument Against Federal Preemption of State Claims for Injuries Resulting From Defective Drugs||2006|
|Arizona State Law Journal||Bates v. State Bar of Arizona: The Personal Account of a Party and the Consumer Benefits of Lawyer Advertising||2005|
|The Arizona Republic and Twelve Other Arizona Newspapers||Legal Advice Columns||1998|
|Law and the Social Order||State Denials of Unemployment Insurance Benefits to Persons Who Limit Their Employment Possibilities by Wearing Long Hair||1971|
|Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude||1972|
|California Western University||Pre-Law||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1968|
|Professional Responsibility (Course)||Lawyer Advertising and Legal Ethics||2010|
|Commencement, Arizona State University College of Law||Commencement Keynote Speaker||2004|