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Steven J. Klearman

About Me

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 area of injury law.  

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

Practice Areas


  1. Car Accidents: 40%
  2. Motorcycle Accident: 15%
  3. Trucking Accident: 15%
  4. Slip and Fall Accident: 15%
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Contingent (25-40%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Nadia von Magdenko

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Nadia von Magdenko Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • William Jason Odom

    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.


    William Odom
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Steven J. Klearman & Associates

437 West Plumb Lane
Reno, NV, 89509-3766


NVAttorney Active198808/10/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in NevadaThe American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Certificate of Recognition for Excellent ServicesJim Gibbons, Former Governor of Nevada2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe American Trial Lawyers Association2010
Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for LeadershipDean Heller, U.S. Congressman2007
Senatorial Certificate of Recognition for Commitment and ServiceJohn Ensign, Former U.S. Senator2006
International Goodwill Ambassador DesignationRobert Cashell, Mayor of Reno2003
Senatorial Recognition for AchievementRichard H. Bryan, former U.S. Senator1998
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
State Appointed ArbitratorNevada District Court, Court Annexed Arbitration Program2010 - Present
Federally Appointed Mediator, Inmate Early Mediation ProgramUnited States District Court, District for Nevada2009 - Present
Managing PartnerSteven J. Klearman & Associates2005 - Present
Managing PartnerBarber, Klearman & Associates1993 - 2005
AssociateBeckley Singleton, Chtd1988 - 1993
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Nevada Jury Instructions - Civil SubcommitteePast Chair2008 - 2013
InjuryBoardMember2005 - Present
Northern Nevada Disciplinary BoardPast Vice Chair2003 - 2005
State Bar of Nevada, Publications CommitteePast Member1995 - 1997
Nevada Medical Dental Screening PanelPast Member1995 - 2000
Nevada Justice AssociationSustaining Member1994 - Present
Washoe County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
State Bar of NevadaMember1988 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Blog ColumnThe Legal Examiner2014
The AdvocateNevada Supreme Court Revisits Open and Obvious Premises Cases2013
BookSafe Living in Treacherous Times2009
BookNevada Statutes of Limitation2006
BookNevada Rules of Civil Procedure2006
BookNevada Evidence Statutes2006
BookElements of Nevada Legal Theories1999
Comparative Law ReviewHiring Foreign Talent1993
Federal Bar News & JournalHiring Foreign Talent - Nonimmigrant Visas After the 1990 Act1991
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolMediationN/A2000
Washington University in St. LouisLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of Missouri, St. LouisPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude1985
University of Notre Dame Concannon Programme of International Law in LondonJ.D.N/AN/A
National Taiwan Normal UniversityMandarin ChineseN/AN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Preventing NV Legal MalpracticeMalpractice2013
Damages in Personal InjuryDamages2013