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Over the years, attorney Steve Laird has become a trusted source for many reporters and editors in the news media based on his involvement in some of the area’s most notable cases, and for his expertise in various areas of law. We invite you to check our “News” page for regular updates when firm attorneys are called on as expert sources by members of the press.


Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association Honors Steve Laird with Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award

FORT WORTH, Texas – Noted truck accident lawyer Steve Laird of Fort Worth’s Law Offices of Steven C. Laird is being honored by fellow members of the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association with the 2015 H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award.

The annual honor is presented to a practicing lawyer who primarily represents injured plaintiffs in personal injury litigation. Honorees must have exhibited a career commitment to high ethical standards, exceptional professional conduct, trial advocacy skills and legal accomplishments. The award is named for the late Fort Worth trial lawyer H.G. Wells, who served as a confidant, mentor and inspiration for many local attorneys before his death in 2008.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by other members of the Tarrant Country Trial Lawyers Association, particularly since this award is based on the many years of dedicated service that Mr. Wells contributed to the community here in Fort Worth,” says Mr. Laird, who received the award Nov. 18. “I am similarly honored to represent our plaintiff clients, who call on us when they are confronted with life-changing experiences that require the care and expertise we provide in every case we handle.”

To learn more about Mr. Laird and his work for plaintiffs in cases involving trucking and motor vehicle accidents, personal injuries and wrongful death, construction accidents, defective products, oil and gas field injuries and business litigation, click here: https://www.texlawyers.com/attorneys/steven-c-laird.

The H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award is the most recent professional honor for Mr. Laird, who once again was recognized earlier this year as one of the state’s Top 100 lawyers in the annual Texas Super Lawyers list. Mr. Laird is the only Fort Worth attorney to be named to the Top 100 for 10 of the past 11 years.

Mr. Laird is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He also holds a national certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and he is one of the few Texas lawyers to earn a Master of Laws degree from the acclaimed trial advocacy program at Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia.

The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., is a Fort Worth, Texas, law firm whose lawyers and staff members are committed to finding justice in every case we handle. For more than 30 years, we have worked responsibly and diligently to represent individuals and families in personal injury cases where corporate and individual negligence has resulted in significant injuries and wrongful death.


Attorneys from Law Offices of Steven C. Laird Named Among Best in Texas

Firm founder Laird earns 10th selection among Top 100 lawyers in state

FORT WORTH, Texas – Noted Texas truck accident attorneys Steven C. Laird and Wade A. Barrow from Fort Worth’s Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., have earned selection to the 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list, which recognizes the state’s top attorneys in various areas of law. Mr. Laird also earned his 10th selection as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Texas.

Both Mr. Laird and Mr. Barrow are recognized in the 2015 edition of Texas Super Lawyersbased on their work in plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation. Mr. Laird is the only attorney in Tarrant County to be listed among the state’s Top 100 for 10 of the past 11 years. Both he and Mr. Barrow have earned multiple Texas Super Lawyers honors.

The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird is a leading law firm for accidents involving 18-wheelers and other heavy trucks. In addition to semi and tractor-trailer cases, Mr. Laird and Mr. Barrow also have successfully handled numerous cases involving serious personal injuries, vehicle wrecks of all types, construction accidents, product defects, crane accidents, oil and gas field injuries and complex business disputes.

Last year, Mr. Laird and Mr. Barrow helped two different families win nearly $12 million in recoveries based on separate truck accidents. The firm currently represents the family of a Midlothian policewoman who was killed when a tractor-trailer driver attempted an illegal U-turn.

The annual list of Texas’ best lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters’ legal division and appears in the October issues of Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines. The full list also appears online at http://www.superlawyers.com/. Honorees are selected through a multi-phase process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., is a Fort Worth, Texas, law firm whose lawyers and staff members are committed to finding justice in every case we handle. For more than 30 years, we have worked responsibly and diligently to represent individuals and families in personal injury cases where corporate and individual negligence has resulted in significant injuries and wrongful death.


Fort Worth Truck Accident Attorney Steve Laird Named Among Country’s Best

FORT WORTH, Texas – Acclaimed Fort Worth truck accident attorney Steve Laird of the Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., is being recognized by his legal peers as one of the nation’s top lawyers, earning a place in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

This marks the fifth year that Mr. Laird has been included in the highly respected legal guide based on nominations from other attorneys and a comprehensive review of his work by other lawyers handling the same types of cases. Best Lawyers’ editors make the final selection.

Mr. Laird is honored in the 2016 Best Lawyers for his work in plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation. He is one of the rare attorneys to be Board Certified in both Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He also has national certification in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Recently, Mr. Laird became one of the few Texas lawyers to earn a Master of Laws degree in trial advocacy from Temple University, home to the nation’s leading trial advocacy program.

Mr. Laird is best known for his years of successful work on behalf of trucking accident victims, including crashes involving 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, semis and other heavy trucks.

Among his notable client victories, Mr. Laird represented two men who were seriously injured in separate accidents involving water-hauling trucks used in the oil and gas industry. Through Mr. Laird’s hard work, the men and their families received settlements totaling $11.7 million. He currently represents the family of a Midlothian policewoman who was killed when a tractor-trailer driver attempted an illegal U-turn.

The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., is a Fort Worth, Texas, law firm whose lawyers and staff members are committed to finding justice in every case we handle. For more than 30 years, we have worked responsibly and diligently to represent individuals and families in personal injury cases where corporate and individual negligence has resulted in significant injuries and wrongful death.


Fort Worth Truck Accident Lawyer Steve Laird Earns Master’s in Trial Advocacy

FORT WORTH, Texas – Fort Worth truck accident lawyer Steven C. Laird is now one of the rare attorneys to earn a Master of Laws Degree in Trial Advocacy from the Temple University Beasley School of Law, an exclusive degree that provides practicing lawyers with enhanced insights and skills for handling courtroom trials. He is one of only a handful of lawyers from Dallas-Fort Worth to earn the degree since the program began in 1993.

Mr. Laird is the founder of The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., a leading law firm for accidents involving 18-wheelers and other heavy trucks. In addition to semi and tractor-trailer cases, Mr. Laird and his firm also have a long track record of successfully handling clients’ claims involving serious personal injuries, vehicle wrecks of all types, construction accidents, product defects, crane accidents, oil and gas field injuries and complex business disputes.

The Temple University program is one of the first in the country and is consistently ranked for providing the nation’s leading degree in advanced trial advocacy. The one-year course focuses on the core capabilities that are essential for true trial lawyers, including developing trial themes and theories, persuasive storytelling, extemporaneous speaking, and effectively using technology in the courtroom. Only approximately 20 lawyers and judges nationwide are admitted to the program each year.

“As someone who represents injury victims and their families, it is my professional duty to be absolutely prepared when handling their cases,” says Mr. Laird. “That is why I’m constantly looking for ways to improve as a lawyer, and the program at Temple certainly has provided me with many new tools for battling a company on a client’s behalf.”

Mr. Laird’s recent litigation victories include winning nearly $12 million in recoveries for two individual clients last year in separate truck accident cases.

The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., is a Fort Worth, Texas, law firm whose lawyers and staff members are committed to finding justice in every case we handle. For more than 30 years, we have worked responsibly and diligently to represent individuals and families in personal injury cases where corporate and individual negligence has resulted in significant injuries and wrongful death.


Texas Police Officer’s Family Sues Trucking Company for Wrongful Death

Law Offices of Steven C. Laird files suit against Houston-area trucking company, driver

FORT WORTH, Texas – A lawsuit has been filed in the death of a 22-year-old Midlothian policewoman who died of injuries suffered in a collision with a flatbed trailer making an illegal U-turn.

Fort Worth truck accident lawyer Steven C. Laird filed the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of Heather Phares against Houston area-based Friendly Transportation LLC and truck driver Dexter Purvis. The lawsuit filed in Tarrant County district court seeks more than $1 million in damages, claiming negligence and gross negligence. The case is Phares, et al. v. Friendly Transportation, et al., No. 096-275836-14.

“Heather would still be serving the citizens of Midlothian today if Friendly Transportation and Mr. Purvis simply had followed state and federal laws for operating commercial vehicles, including proper driver training and safe driving,” says Mr. Laird, founder of the Law Offices of Steven C. Laird.

Officer Phares suffered massive head injuries on April 17 after crashing into the flatbed trailer driven by Mr. Purvis, who was blocking four lanes of traffic as he was attempting to turn around on West U.S. 287 near Midlothian.

Suffering brain damage and other extensive injuries, Officer Phares died four days later after being removed from life support. She was admired by fellow police officers for her leadership abilities after serving only a year and a half on the job.

Last year, Mr. Laird secured approximately $11.7 million from two Texas trucking accidents, including a case in which a trucker was attempting an illegal U-turn. Mr. Laird is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in addition to being certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., is a Fort Worth, Texas, law firm whose lawyers and staff members are committed to finding justice in every case we handle. For more than 30 years, we have worked responsibly and diligently to represent individuals and families in personal injury cases where corporate and individual negligence has resulted in significant injuries and wrongful death.


Two Texas Truck Wreck Lawsuits Settled in Two Weeks for $11.7 Million

FORT WORTH, Texas – Two Texas men who were critically injured in separate tractor-trailer accidents in 2011 have earned significant financial settlements from two companies that haul water to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, sites.

Fort Worth truck accident attorneys Steven C. Laird and Wade A. Barrow from The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., secured a total of $11.7 million for the men and their families.

“My clients suffered terrible injuries because these companies didn’t comply with federal regulations and failed to make safety a priority,” says Mr. Laird. “The growing energy industry has brought incredible revenue to Texas, but our roads are becoming more and more dangerous every day as a result.”

The first accident occurred on June 22, 2011, when a semi-trailer blocked the right of way on a state highway near Carthage, Texas. Mike Allen, Mr. Laird’s client, crashed into a heavy truck owned by Coraopolis, Pa.- based Heckmann Water Resources. The truck was stopped on the road without turn signals or flashing lights.

Mr. Allen is unable to financially support his wife and young daughter because of his injuries from the wreck. On June 20, 2013, the court approved a settlement in which Heckmann agreed to pay Mr. Allen and his family $8.7 million. The settlement amount is believed to be the largest in Panola County history.

The second settlement stemmed from a Sept. 11, 2011, truck crash near Weatherford, Texas, that resulted in Mr. Laird’s client suffering brain damage. Arron Gomas, 32, broadsided a tractor-trailer owned by Weatherford-based Bob Phillips Trucking (a.k.a. Phillips Water Hauling) shortly before midnight when the truck’s driver attempted to make an illegal U-turn. Mr. Laird settled the case for Mr. Gomas and his family on June 13, 2013, for $3 million, the maximum payout available from the trucking firm’s insurance carrier.

The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., is a Fort Worth, Texas, law firm whose lawyers and staff members are committed to finding justice in every case we handle. For more than 30 years, we have worked responsibly and diligently to represent individuals and families in personal injury cases where corporate and individual negligence has resulted in significant injuries and wrongful death.


Texas Trucking Accident

Texas Injury Attorney Steve Laird on NBC: Discusses the Recommendations made by the NTSB in regards to cell phone use while driving


Texas Trucking Accident Attorney Steve Laird: Higher Speed Limits Increase Peril to Texas Drivers

Fort Worth personal injury and trucking accident attorney Steven C. Laird of the Law Offices of Steven C. Laird tells The 33’s Dawn Tongish that new laws that increase speed limits in Texas will imperil drivers. “It takes about 250 feet for an 18-wheeler traveling at 55 mph to come to a stop,”Laird says. “We can only anticipate that there will be more danger to the traveling public when these speed limits are raised because the amount of visibility that 18-wheeler drivers have at night, due to their headlights, will not increase even though their speeds are going to be increasing.” Laird says that it’s likely the number of fatal accidents involving 18-wheelers will increase beyond the average of 400 per year in Texas when nighttime speed limits are eliminated and a new maximum speed limit of 85 mph is instituted in Texas starting in September.

Laird is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He also is certified as a Civil Trial Law Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Fewer than 1 percent of Texas’ lawyers are triple-board certified.


Steve Laird interviewed by the Fort Worth-Star Telegram for a story about the Family of a Burleson man killed in DWI crash gets $1 million from a country club.


Steve Laird’s article on Texas judicial pay increases in the Austin American Statesman.


Steve Laird interviewed by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Adobe PDF File) for a story about three separate cases handled by the firm on behalf of individuals and families who lost loved ones in wrecks involving tractor trailers and other heavy trucks.


Steve Laird interviewed by the Dallas Business Journal about the dangers of increasing fuel prices on highway safety. Mr. Laird says some truck drivers – particularly independent truckers – are working too many hours to compensate for the money spent on fuel. He also says some truckers are avoiding needed repairs to their trucks so they can keep up with fuel costs.


The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., issues Holiday Product Safety Reminder.


The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., issues Holiday Travel Safety Reminder.


The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., Partners Honored Among Top Texas Attorneys.


A natural gas line explosion sent a towering plume of smoke into the Parker County sky in rural Texas. The gout of flame melted a nearby power line, and some 5,000 residents and businesses were without power.


Steven C. Laird and Wade A. Barrow were recently featured as Texas Super Lawyers.


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