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...
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Languages spoken: English, Mandarin
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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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Washington University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|University of Missouri, St. Louis||Philosophy||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1985|
|University of Notre Dame Concannon Programme of International Law in London||J.D.||One-Year Program||N/A|
|National Taiwan Normal University||Mandarin Chinese||One-Year Program||N/A|
|Harvard University Law School||Mediation||Mediation Certificate||N/A|
|Preventing NV Legal Malpractice||Malpractice||2013|
|Damages in Personal Injury||Damages||2013|