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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 27 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 $50,000.00 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...          


Languages spoken: English, Mandarin

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%



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  • Natalia Karolina Vander Laan

    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.


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  • William R. Kendall

    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.


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Contact info

Steven J. Klearman & Associates

437 West Plumb Lane
Reno, NV, 89509-3766


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2015 Champions of Justice AwardNevada Legal Services2015
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
InjuryBoardMember2005 - Present
Nevada Justice AssociationSustaining Member1994 - Present
Washoe County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
State Bar of NevadaMember1988 - Present
Nevada Jury Instructions - Civil SubcommitteePast Chair2008 - 2013
Northern Nevada Disciplinary BoardPast Vice Chair2003 - 2005
State Bar of Nevada, Publications CommitteePast Member1995 - 1997
Nevada Medical Dental Screening PanelPast Member1995 - 2000
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
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of Missouri, St. LouisPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
University of Notre Dame Concannon Programme of International Law in LondonJ.D.One-Year ProgramN/A
National Taiwan Normal UniversityMandarin ChineseOne-Year ProgramN/A
Harvard University Law SchoolMediationMediation CertificateN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Preventing NV Legal MalpracticeMalpractice2013
Damages in Personal InjuryDamages2013