Legal Articles


Steve is regularly asked to speak and present, as an expert, nationally, to groups of truck accident attorneys and industry professionals.


April 26, 2018 | 360 Advocacy-Auto Crash Litigation Conference | Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada

Presentation Topic: “Winning the Pain & Suffering Case without Economic Loss”
Audience:  Trial lawyers and truck accident attorneys seeking advanced education and training
Additional: View the 360 Advocacy-Auto Crash Litigation site for details.

April 25, 2018 | Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association Luncheon | Fort Worth, Texas

Presentation Topic: “Strategy, Tips, and Law for Trying a Non-Economic Damages Case”
Audience:  Trial lawyers who are members of the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association

April 20-22, 2018 | Sponsor & Speaker at the Tarrant County Bench Bar Conference | Horseshoe Bay, Texas

Lecture Topic: “Vim, Vigor & Sanctions”
Audience: Tarrant County Trial Lawyers
You can also find more on the Tarrant County Bar website.

March 22-23, 2018 | American Association for Justice, Advanced Trial Advocacy College: Litigating Truck Collision Cases | Scottsdale, Arizona

Lecture and Demonstration Topic: “Developing Direct Negligence Themes with Defendant Trucking Company Personnel – Cross-Examination of a Corporate Executive.”
Audience:  Trial lawyers and truck accident attorneys seeking advanced education and training
Additional: View The American Association for Justice for details.

March 9-14, 2018 | Faculty Member for the 2018 ATLA Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course: Art of Persuasion  | Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Topic: This is a rigorous five-day program including lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops.
Audience:  Experienced trial lawyers with five or more jury trials
Additional: Find out more information about the Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course.

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Legal Articles & Presentations

Following is a list of legal articles written by our attorneys, as well as the text of some presentations and speeches.

The Texas Lawbook: Magna Carta Commentary” (PDF)
– Steven C. Laird, 2015

Texas Voir Dire: An Aerial View of Jury De-Selection” (PDF)
– Steven C. Laird, 2010

Structured Settlements From The Plaintiff’s Perspective” (PDF)
– Steven C. Laird, 2009

Direct and Cross-Examination” (PDF)
– Christi Bar Association, 2008

Using Trucking Regulations to Turn the Tide in Trucking Cases” (PDF)
– Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey, Spring 2007

Admission and Exclusion of Evidence” (PDF)
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Advanced Personal Injury Course, May 11 and 12, 2006, Houston, Texas

“Texas Voir Dire: An Aerial View of Jury De-Selection” (PDF)
– Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association and Arlington Bar Association, January 15 and 16, 2008, Fort Worth, Texas

Trucking Litigation: Why Focus Groups?”
– ATLA Litigating Trucking Cases Seminar, October 20, 2006, Las Vegas, Nevada

Court-Ordered ADR: How to Use this Opportunity to Your Advantage”
– American Association for Justice Mid-Winter, Orlando, Florida February 2004

Case Evaluation and Damages for Settlement or Trial
– Colorado Trial Lawyers Seminar – Steamboat Springs, Colorado, June 2004

Outline of State Bar of Texas Referral Fee Task Force Final Report and Recommendations
– Arlington Bar Association, August 2004

Laminectomy & Fusion Surgery
– American Association for Justice “Negligence in the OR,” New Orleans, October 2003

Should We Fear HIPAA Upon Us
– 14th Annual Medical Malpractice Conference, Houston, Texas, Sept. 25-26th, 2003

A Quick Cruise Through Personal Injury Causes of Action in Texas (PDF)
– Tarrant County Bar Association CLE Cruise, February 16 – 23, 2003

Weekend with the Stars” (PDF)
– American Association for Justice – National College of Advocacy – New York City, New York, December 14th-15th 2002

When Life Expectancy, Trusts, Structures & Other Self Interests Collide TTLA” (PDF)
– 13th Annual Medical Malpractice Conference 2002

Privileges” (PDF)
– Tarrant County Bar Association CLE Cruise, January 2002

Selecting & Theming a Plaintiff’s Case” (PDF)
– Steven C. Laird

Statute of Limitations Update – Medical Malpractice” (PDF)
– Tarrant County Mexican Bar Association, Tarrant County Black Bar Association, Tarrant County Young Lawyers Bar Association, CLE Luncheon, March-April 2001

Selective Screening of Lung Cancer Cases” (PDF)
– Association of Trial Lawyers of America, February 22, 2001

Expert Witness Selection and Accessibility
– South Texas College of Law, Personal Injury Law Conference, April 2000, Houston, Texas

Inadequate Security Presentation
– Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention, June 20, 1999, San Francisco, California

The Shows “New Mediation Techniques
– Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 9th Annual Medical Malpractice Conference, September 17-18, 1998, Houston, Texas

When Air Bags Injure or Kill
– Association of Trial Lawyers of America, May 1, 1998, Various Locations

Unique Problems and Approaches to Specific Premises: Malls and Shopping Centers
– Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1997 American Association for Justice Annual Convention

Client Preparation: How to Present Your Client at Trial”
– July 1997, San Diego, California, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Premises Liability Seminar

Physical Restraints Including Airbags and Seat Belts
– January 1997, Houston, Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Advanced Product Liability Seminar

Top 10 Premises for Inadequate Security Cases
– July 29, 1996, Boston, Massachusetts, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention, Inadequate Security Litigation Group