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Christopher Collins Van Cleave

Personal injury Attorney at Biloxi, MS

4.4   7 reviews
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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MS
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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Van Cleave Law


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Posted by Mark | January 21, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Medical insurance
I was having problems getting an insurance company to pay my medical expenses. Christopher contacted the and got the payment approved. Great work and very timely.
Posted by Bijan | December 20, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Professional, compassionate and helpful beyond words
Wanted to leave an excellent and well deserved review for Van Cleave Law firm, specifically Christopher Van Cleave. Although Mr. Van Cleave did not officially represent me as an acting attorney, he provided services as a liaison regarding a very difficult lawsuit brought upon me from an old client within a previous employer. It was a situation that was very difficult for me to navigate and get to a point where I was able to obtain proper legal counsel in another state (Mississippi) as I currently reside in Oregon. Not only was Christopher able to provide guidance, but he took valuable time out of his schedule, understood and sympathized with my unfortunate circumstances and acted admirably and professionally in the most outstanding way. Although I am not or was ever an official client of Van Cleave Law, I would highly recommend them to anyone in a situation in which they require the upmost dignified law firm, best patience and understanding of any situation you may be in.
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Posted by Lisa | February 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and Professional
Christopher and his assistant, Sandy were kind, determined, and kept me well informed during the period of our lawsuit. He is well versed in law and was quick to act on my behalf.
Posted by Buddy | July 8, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Awesome guy
He contacted me very quickly. He was very interested in my case. He believed he could help. We haven t made it passed the consultation process but I'm sure he will do a very good job.
Posted by Nancy | November 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I hired Mr Van Cleave to represent my business when a large insurance company refused to provide coverage for a claim under our Comercial General Liability Policy. The insurance company had denied my company's claim , and insisted there was no coverage. Mr. Van Cleave reviewed the insurance policy and the insurance company's letter denying our claim and quickly determined that the insurance company should have covered our claim. He filed suit against the insurance company for bad faith breach of contract. Mr. Van Cleave quickly brought the insurance company to its knees, and obtained a settlement for considerably more money than the amount of the claim.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Response Time
Mr. Van Cleave contacted an air conditioning manufacturer on my behalf when they refused to respond to the status of a claim that I filed over 1 year ago. After speaking with Mr. Van Cleave & providing him with the necessary information regarding my claim, he was able to obtain the information I was seeking from the manufacturer within a matter of hours. Simply amazing. What I had been unable to accomplish after a year, he did in less than a day. Highly recommend!
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2020
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Dumped Me!
I had a signed contract with this attorney. He had my case for over 6 months. One week prior to when the case had to be filed? He dumped me along with his co-counsel. The MS Bar should look into this incident.
Response from Christopher Van Cleave July 23, 2020
I am sorry you had a bad legal experience. I cannot think of any client (or former client) at all that would fit the description you put in this review. The only sort of case where such a scenario might occur is a medical malpractice case in which we obtain a signed contract so that we can gather medical records and submit them to an expert for review. In medical malpractice cases, Mississippi law requires Attorneys to have a licensed physician give an opinion that the client was injured or damaged because the treating physician (or hospital) breached the applicable standard of care before we can file a lawsuit. If we can't get a licensed physician to go on record saying the other doctor caused the injury in this fashion, we have no choice but to decline the case. Depending on when the client comes to us, how long it takes to get the records, and how long it takes to have a medical expert perform a review, sometimes we have to decline representation close to the statute of limitations. Perhaps you were such a client, although I am not aware of a single client whose case was declined within a week of the statute of limitations. I would appreciate it if you would call me at (228) 432-7826 to straighten this matter out. That said, if you believe the Mississippi Bar should be involved, you can call them at (601) 948-4471 Thank you, Christopher C. Van Cleave
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Van Cleave Law, P.A.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Corban, Gunn, Van Cleave
  • 1999 - 2017


  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Vanderbilt University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991


  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Harrison County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Mississippi Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • 2002 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Lunch and Learn
  • Federal Practice and Procedure
  • 2017
  • Civil Litigation Practice
  • Federal Court Practice
  • 2016
  • Annual Convention
  • Using Defense Council's Bills to Support Your Claim for Punitive Damages in Small Damage Cases
  • 2012
  • Bad Faith
  • How to Prove Bad Faith
  • 2011
  • Personal Injury Law & Practice Seminar
  • Making Sure You Sue The "Whole" Defendant "Shell" Depositories
  • 2000
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Personal injury Attorney | Dec 27
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"I consulted with Christopher on a highly complex issue involving personal injury and some challenging procedural issues. Christopher was incredibly well-prepared, detail-oriented, and showed excellent strategic judgment. I would highly recommend him for any matter involving civil litigation."
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