Steve is a trial lawyer with a long background in Nevada law. He has fought for justice for his clients for 27 years. He has an extensive background in serious injury cases and he has handled many wrongful death cases and catastrophic injury cases in his career working on behalf of injured clients. His law firm handles all injury cases, both large and small, and prides itself on fair and excellent service.
Steve came to Nevada in 1988 and worked for five years under the supervision of former Nevada Governor, Robert List, at what was then Beckley, Singleton, DeLanoy, Jemison and List. (Beckley, Singleton merged with Lewis and Roca in 2008). Steve later served as Managing Shareholder of Barber, Klearman and Associates. Since 2005, Steve has been the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada, and he practices primarily in the areas of injury law and general civil litigation.
Steve was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He studied as a fellowship student of Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan before receiving his B.A.,magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri. He then studied international law at the University of Notre Dame’s Concannon Programme of International Law in London before he received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He completed Harvard Law School’s mediator training course in 2000.
Steve’s articles on various aspects of law have appeared in publications both in the U.S. and abroad, including The Nevada Lawyer and The Federal Bar News and Journal. His first Nevada legal guide, Elements of Nevada Legal Theories (now in its Third Edition), is considered a definitive guide to Nevada law; it is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys and it is taught as a text at the William S. Boyd School of Law at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Steve has also published four other guides: Nevada Statutes of Limitation, Nevada Evidence Law, Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure, and Klearman's Safe Living in Treacherous Times. Steve served as Vice-Chair of the Nevada State Bar’s Northern Nevada Disciplinary Board and he was a member, for many years, of Nevada’s Medical Screening Panel and Nevada’s Revised Jury Instruction Committee. He was also the long-time Chair of the Nevada State Bar’s Consumer Protection Committee. Steve is a court-appointed mediator in Federal inmate civil rights cases in the United States District Court, District for Nevada, and he serves as an court-appointed arbitrator in the Washoe County District Court system.
Steve is an established professional visual artist. He helped to develop the Reno-based art movement known as NadaDada, which was featured in the New York Times in 2009, and he is an invited Original Member Artist at the pioneering Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) and exhibits there regularly.
Steve is also an avid hiker, cyclist and snowboarder and he loves to four-wheel throughout Nevada in his spare time...
Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin
Licensed since 1988
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Steve was our local counsel on a case against Amtrak. He and his staff were very helpful in every step of the litigation. They were always available when we had a question and went out of their way to explain and offer guidance as we navigated through Nevada court system. I would highly recommend Steve Klearman and look forward to using him again as local counsel on any future cases in Nevada.
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Nevada||The American Society of Legal Advocates||2014|
|Certificate of Recognition for Excellent Services||Jim Gibbons, Former Governor of Nevada||2010|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The American Trial Lawyers Association||2010|
|Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Leadership||Dean Heller, U.S. Congressman||2007|
|Senatorial Certificate of Recognition for Commitment and Service||John Ensign, Former U.S. Senator||2006|
|International Goodwill Ambassador Designation||Robert Cashell, Mayor of Reno||2003|
|Senatorial Recognition for Achievement||Richard H. Bryan, former U.S. Senator||1998|
|State Appointed Arbitrator||Nevada District Court, Court Annexed Arbitration Program||2010 - Present|
|Federally Appointed Mediator, Inmate Early Mediation Program||United States District Court, District for Nevada||2009 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Steven J. Klearman & Associates||2005 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Barber, Klearman & Associates||1993 - 2005|
|Associate||Beckley Singleton, Chtd||1988 - 1993|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Nevada Jury Instructions - Civil Subcommittee||Past Chair||2008 - 2013|
|InjuryBoard||Member||2005 - Present|
|Northern Nevada Disciplinary Board||Past Vice Chair||2003 - 2005|
|State Bar of Nevada, Publications Committee||Past Member||1995 - 1997|
|Nevada Medical Dental Screening Panel||Past Member||1995 - 2000|
|Nevada Justice Association||Sustaining Member||1994 - Present|
|Washoe County Bar Association||Member||1988 - Present|
|State Bar of Nevada||Member||1988 - Present|
|Blog Column||The Legal Examiner||2014|
|The Advocate||Nevada Supreme Court Revisits Open and Obvious Premises Cases||2013|
|Book||Safe Living in Treacherous Times||2009|
|Book||Nevada Statutes of Limitation||2006|
|Book||Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure||2006|
|Book||Nevada Evidence Statutes||2006|
|Book||Elements of Nevada Legal Theories||1999|
|Comparative Law Review||Hiring Foreign Talent||1993|
|Federal Bar News & Journal||Hiring Foreign Talent - Nonimmigrant Visas After the 1990 Act||1991|
|Harvard University Law School||Mediation||Mediation Certificate||2000|
|Washington University in St. Louis||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|University of Missouri, St. Louis||Philosophy||BA - Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude||1985|
|University of Notre Dame Concannon Programme of International Law in London||J.D.||Unknown||N/A|
|National Taiwan Normal University||Mandarin Chinese||Unknown||N/A|
|Preventing NV Legal Malpractice||Malpractice||2013|
|Damages in Personal Injury||Damages||2013|