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Steven J. Klearman

Personal injury Attorney at Reno, NV

5.0   66 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State NV
    Acquired 1988
    Status
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About Steven

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  1. Personal injury
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    Board Certified Personal Injury Specialist in Nevada.

    35 years, 2,000 cases

WE HAVE 32 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN RENO HANDLING MINOR TO CATASTROPHIC INJURY AND ACCIDENT CASES...

I'm a trial lawyer with a long background in Nevada law and I've fought for justice for my clients in Nevada courts for more than 32 years.

I have an extensive background in serious injury cases and I've handled many wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases in my career working on behalf of Nevada injury victims. 

My firm handles all injury cases, both large and small, and prides itself on fair and excellent service. When you come to my firm, you meet with me and I handle your case with the support of an experienced and friendly staff and a network of consultants including nurses, doctors, and investigators.

I 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). I later served as Managing Shareholder of Barber, Klearman and Associates.  Since 2005, I've been the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada, and I practice primarily in the area of injury law. I've handled more than 2000 injury cases and my firm is constantly involved in fighting out cases within the Nevada court system.  

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I studied as a fellowship student of Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan (and got to live in Taipei for more than a year) before I earned my B.A.,magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri.

Then I studied international law at the University of Notre Dame’s Concannon Programme of International Law in London (and lived in London for more than a year) before I received my J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. 

I completed Harvard Law School’s mediator training course in 2000.  I was subsequently appointed as a mediator in the United States District Court, District for Nevada.  I am also a court-appointed arbitrator in the Washoe County District Court system and regularly hear cases and make decisions with jurisdiction up to $50, plus fees and costs.  

My 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. My first Nevada legal guide, Elements of Nevada Legal Theories (now in its 15h Anniversary Fourth Edition), is considered by many to be a definitive guide to Nevada law; it is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys.  I've also published three other legal guides: Nevada Statutes of Limitation, Nevada Evidence Law, and Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure.

I've been an active member of the State Bar since I became licensed.  I've served as Vice-Chair of the Nevada State Bar’s Northern Nevada Disciplinary Board and I was a member, for many years, of Nevada’s Medical Screening Panel and Nevada’s Revised Jury Instruction Committee. I was also the long-time Chair of the Nevada State Bar’s Consumer Protection Committee. 

Nevada's my home and I'm happy to be here. I'm a hiker, a cyclist and a snowboarder and my wife and I love to four-wheel throughout Nevada when we have time...

If you've been injured in an accident, come see what sets our firm apart...          

Awards

Gold Client Champion
Client's Choice 2018,2017,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2018 2017 2015 + 1 ...

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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Sebastian | December 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
So thankful for their help!
I was in a very bad vehicular accident at the beginning of this year. Steven, Laura, and Greg made an extremely difficult and stressful situation so much better than it would have been if I had tried to handle it on my own. They were all up front, responsive, kind, and just overall very trustworthy which is about as much as you can hope for when seeking out an attorney. Also, the fees associated with everything were very reasonable. I would highly recommend Steven and his staff to anyone that might find themselves in a similar unfortunate situation. Thank you again Steven, Laura, and Greg! In a world where it can be hard to find help from people you can trust, you've helped restore some of my faith in humanity.
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Posted by Jeffrey | August 8, 2023
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Most Awesome Attorney in Nevada Period!!
I have nothing but praise for Steven and his staff! From day 1 When I met with his wife in his office, to the final days getting an awesome Settlement Check! My case was bazar in the least, I was run down by a woman who got impatient in a Costco parking lot. I was pushing my cart to the truck when all of a sudden I was on the ground! This woman who I never saw even after she ran me down was so impatient she just couldn't wait those extra seconds for me to be out of her way She sped up to get around me and misjudged and down I went. My daughter was in shock screaming at this woman "you ran my dad over" Soon I was ambulanced to the Hosp and x-rays were taken of my left foot. 6 broken bones 4 on top and both sides of my Ankle. The date when this happened was Dec 19th right before Christmas!! I spent the next 30 days laid up on my daughters couch and couldn't get up at all.. The blood rushing to my foot was excruciating PAIN!!! So after returning back to San Diego I kept in constant contact with Steven. We spoke on the phone a few times and he explained my options as we moved forward. For months medical bills came in and The staff was right on top of the billing to negotiate the best cost for my services rendered. You wont believe the talent of this staff as the medical bill total went from $27,000 down to $2700!! What!! I couldn't believe it! Laura Klearman, Stevens wife was the miracle worker behind this process! She handles all the fine details involved that I wouldn't of had a clue were to start! So as time went on and healing is so slow I'm 69 years old and healing takes time. To this day 8 1/2 months later, I'm still a bit sore. Next up on the arsenal of experts was Greg, the man who does your bidding with the Insurance Companies. His expertise got me a negotiated awesome settlement amount after going back and forth with an adjuster who was resisting a descent fair settlement. Actually an adjuster is just the middle man who is given an amount from his boss to negotiate from. So Greg battled on until a very fair settlement figure was reached I agreed to the amount and before you know it I had my money in the mail!! I was very pleased at the outcome of my case. Luckily I had no surgery and I had a powerful VIDEO of the whole thing from Costco cameras in the parkin lot Everyone who say it couldn't believe what they saw! I still am in shock when i watch it! So no disputing the facts. If the settlement figure was too low to my satisfaction then the next step would have been litigation. This is where Steven steps in. He's had many years of court time settling cases for the best money possible! This is why his firm is rated so high in the search engines. All in all I'm happy I chose his Firm to represent me!! I would do it again in a heartbeat!!Thanks Steven, Laura , Greg and Staff who had a hand in my case Couldnt have done this without you!!
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Posted by Joseph & Karen | June 26, 2023
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Great law firm
My son was visiting in Nevada & was the passenger & was hit directly on his side, was airlifted to Renown & was there for over a week, My husband & I rushed up to Reno & stayed there till he was sent back to California. I called Steve Klearmans office as a recommendation & was so glad I did. Laura called me back & put me at ease. She's top notch. Steve & staff kept us up to date & informed & my son recovered & was very pleased with his settlement. Thank you so much.
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Posted by Kelley | May 27, 2023
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Effective and Thorough
My case was not going to be easy, we didn’t expect things to go as well as they did. They were with me every step of the way. I highly recommend this office.
Posted by Dennis | April 11, 2022
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Thank you
Was injured in a auto accident and a family member recommended Steve Klearman and associates and I’m very happy with my choice. Steve and his team went right to work, I didn’t have to worry at all, they kept me informed the hole time and I’m very pleased with the outcome. Thank you for all your hard work. DW
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2022
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Exceptional Personal Injury Law Firm
Steven J. Klearman and Associates is an exceptional personal injury law firm. They provide outstanding knowledge, communication, responsiveness, patience and listening skills. It is with deep gratitude that I thank Steve, Laura, Greg and their team for their hard work, perseverance, and legal representation.
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2021
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Thank you!
Mr. Krealman was very helpful. His staff is wonderful as well. Not all attorneys are the same, make sure you choose the best one for your case. Steve was the best one for my case!
Posted by Elizabeth Harper | March 12, 2021
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Amazing Team
Steve and his team guided me through the whole process of dealing with an auto accident which was not in any way my fault. They helped ease my anxieties and kept me informed through every step. I would give them a five star recommendation to anyone who needed an attorney. Thanks for helping me.
Posted by John | November 24, 2020
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Outstanding Law Firm
Outstanding law firm. Put together our complicated case, keeping us informed all along the way and then bringing the claim to a successful conclusion. And, very pleasant people to work with! Can't recommend them highly enough!
Posted by Jessica Pesa | July 21, 2020
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Steve J. Klearman
Steve J. Klearman & Associates has done such hard work for me fighting against the toughest insurance around (Farmers) when I got into a car accident back in January, even with a pandemic on his hands he worked hard and was able to close my case within a few months, and I am very pleased with the outcome and everything he has done for me, I have hired him before and will continue to do so because I feel well taken care of by him and his Associates, I would recommend to anyone who is injured and you don’t know where to start..., start with Steve
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Posted by Olga | March 3, 2020
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My go to Lawyer
I have worked with Steven Klearman and his entire team twice now. Unfortunately, I have been in three not at fault accidents, and after being taken advantage of by the insurance company after the first accident I've decided that I needed a knowledgeable attorney on my side when I was in a second accident. Steven fought hard for me and he made sure that I was taken care of without a hassle of dealing with shady insurance companies, and because my experience with him and his team was so amazing the first time around, when I and my daughter got hit by a car while riding my bike, I knew that I had to have Steven there for me to represent our interest. Steven goes above and beyond and I will be forever grateful to him and his team. Thank you! Olga
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Posted by Chanin S. | October 22, 2019
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Outstanding law office
Outstanding service all the way around. Steven Klearman, Laura and the whole staff made a stressful situation worry free. They really look out for there client and definitely get you the settlement you want. I would recommend their services over and over again.
Posted by Elizabeth | August 10, 2019
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Helpful and Professional
Steven, Laura and (most especially) Gregg were great to work with. Gregg went above and beyond to answer my questions and made sure I was informed throughout the process. There is NO WAY I could have maneuvered through the insurance maze without their assistance.
Posted by Jerry | February 14, 2019
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Auto accident
Mr. Klearman is an excellent attorney and has an office Manager LAURA who is an example of kindness, professionalism and concern for their clients!! I hope to never go through what we have over the last year!!! However; if we do we Jerry and Diana will definitely contact Klearman and his wonderful team!!’ LAURA AND GREG are excellent!! So is Mr. Klearman!!!
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Posted by Cheryl | November 20, 2018
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Excellent Attorney - Highly Recommend
Steve Klearman and his whole Team were wonderful to work with. I was in a car accident and not at fault. The other driver was "on the job" and he had his personal insurance but the company he was working for did not have any, plus I had to have 2 surgeries to repair damage, so it was not going to be an easy case; however, Steve and his Team did make that process as painless as possible for me. It took time because of the delays from the other parties but Steve saw it through - he was tenacious with them and more than fair with me. I was kept informed and updated throughout. I highly recommend!
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Posted by Mark | September 6, 2018
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As Good as it Gets !
As soon as Steven Klearman agreed to take on my auto accident case, I knew I was in the best of hands. From the outset, Laura spearheaded their efforts to build my case file. I was very happy with the settlement that they obtained on my behalf. They are very professional and highly responsive to client questions, on each of about five occasions they called me back with an answer either that same day or the next day. A really dedicated, passionate, performance and results oriented law firm - highly recommended!-Mark H
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2018
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Honest, upfront and down to earth
I must say I am very thankful I selected Steven as my attorney. Both him and his staff was very welcoming and stayed in close communication with me. He is fighting my case and has given me the guidance I need to stay positive about the case. I am ever so thankful to have chosen him and his staff for representing me in negligence case. Thank you all for being very supporting and working so hard to help me through this very challenging time.
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Posted by Margaret | March 21, 2018
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Very efficient
Steve personally met with me and my husband. He took up our case and he was very efficient. Lovely, efficient and polite staff working with him too. Glad about the outcome
Posted by Harold | February 27, 2018
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Accident with under insured motorist
I was very pleased that I found a lawyer that actually did what he said he could do. Steven Klearman and his staff were very competent and kept me informed throughout the entire process. He listened to my situation carefully and proceeded to do what was necessary to get the proper compensation from an under insured motorist. I turned over all the information to his office and they took care of all the issues, far beyond my expectations. He and his staff are very thorough and took care of everything allowing me to recover and to be able to pay for all the bills incurred from the accident. I thank you folks for all your concern and hard work. I will definitely call on them again if needed.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2018
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Auto injury
I fully endorse Attorney Steve Klearman. Steve won my case in a short period of time. I was rear-ended by two vehicles at a stop sign. We went to arbitration and won our case. He takes his cases seriously and in-depth. You need a highly qualified attorney. Steve Klearman is your lawyer. He's the only attorney I will use in Nevada. Steve's staff is amazing and very very thorough as a Nevada attorney he knows everyone in the legal field or at least knows of them. Thanks Steve and Laura for all your help. PK
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Cost

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  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude
  • 1985
  • Harvard University Law School
  • Mediation Certificate
  • N/A
  • University of Notre Dame Concannon Programme of International Law in London
  • One-Year Program
  • N/A
  • National Taiwan Normal University
  • One-Year Program
  • N/A
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Associations

  • InjuryBoard
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Nevada Justice Association
  • Sustaining Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Nevada Jury Instructions - Civil Subcommittee
  • Past Chair
  • 2008 - 2013
  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Fastest Responding Law Firm Award
  • Hennessey Digital
  • 2023
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • 2015 Champions of Justice Award
  • Nevada Legal Services
  • 2015
  • 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
  • Certificate of Commendation for Community Contributions
  • Harry Reid, Former U.S. Senator
  • 2000
  • Senatorial Recognition for Achievement
  • Richard H. Bryan, Former U.S. Senator
  • 1998
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Publications

  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • Preventing NV Legal Malpractice
  • Malpractice
  • 2013
  • Damages in Personal Injury
  • Damages
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (11)
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Personal injury Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Steve for over a year now. His professionalism and competence is inspiring and has earned him the respect of his colleagues, clients, judges, and opposing counsel. Steve’s exceptional attention to detail and vast knowledge of the intricacies and nuances of personal injury law consistently results in outstanding outcomes for his clients. Steve generously shares his expertise with other attorneys as he is the author of "Elements of Nevada Legal Theories", a book that serves as an excellent guide to Nevada civil law and is widely used by lawyers and judges throughout Nevada."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is an excellent attorney. He is very knowledgeable and thorough in his case preparation. Steve is clever and insightful and possesses the highest integrity."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It has been my experience that Mr. Klearman will exhaust all possible remedies for his clients. He is tireless in his fight on behalf of his clients. I am proud to call him a collegue and friend."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked on several matters with Mr. Klearman as his opposing counsel. He has always been professional and achieves good results for his clients. I think Mr. Klearman is an excellent attorney."
Wrongful death Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is a lawyer's lawyer. Super smart, very skilled, and at the top of his game."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve is a very respected attorney, client advocate, and author"
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