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Fort Worth lawyer Steven C. Laird delivers more than 35 years of legal expertise in truck wreck litigation and personal injury/wrongful death cases. Laird has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for 2012-Present, and has been named to the Texas Super Lawyers list among the Top 100 in the entire state since 2005, and is the only personal injury attorney in Fort Worth to have received that recognition 16 out of 17 years.

Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Laird is also certified in Truck Accident Law (1 of Only 11 in Texas at the time of publication) and as a Civil Trial Law Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. This quadruple certification is rare, with fewer than 1% of all Texas lawyers earning the distinction. These combined certifications illustrate the education and experience provided by Laird and his firm.

Laird earned his undergraduate degree in Business from Texas Tech University before obtaining his Master of Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University. He went on to earn his law degree from South Texas College of Law in 1980 and later completed the degree of Master of Laws in Trial Advocacy at Temple University School of Law.

Peer recognition for Laird’s excellence in the practice of law began early in his career. The Texas Young Lawyers Association selected him as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas in 1988 from a pool of more than 20,000 eligible Texas lawyers. He also was chosen as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Tarrant County that same year.

His zealous client advocacy and continued leadership in the legal community spurred Laird’s election as President of the Texas chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (TEX-ABOTA) in 2010. In his position with TEX-ABOTA, Laird led approximately 1,000 attorney members in their ongoing efforts to preserve the civil jury system. Attorneys from 14 Texas branches of the American Board of Trial Advocates comprise TEX-ABOTA, one of the largest chapters in the 6,400-member national organization.

Laird has been selected by his peers as an “Attorney of Influence” in the Fort Worth Business Press and has been recognized by the legal community as both the Top Personal Injury Attorney and Top Medical Malpractice Attorney in Tarrant County in a survey conducted by Fort Worth, Texas magazine since 2005. Laird is the past President and a charter member of the Eldon Mahon Chapter of the Fort Worth Inn of Court and served as President of the Fort Worth Chapter and the State Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and as President of the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association. He also has served as a Director of the Tarrant County Bar Association.

A recipient of The College of the State Bar of Texas’ “Professionalism Award,” Laird also has served as a member of the State Bar of Texas Referral Fee Task Force Committee and has chaired the State Bar of Texas Advertising Review Committee. He was a member of the Professional Ethics Committee appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas. Laird has been a Director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association for many years and has chaired numerous committees in that organization.

Laird is a member of the American Association for Justice, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He also is a Founding Member of the Academy of Trial Advocacy, a group of national attorneys representing plaintiffs who share information, ideas, and skills to attempt to achieve the best possible results for their clients.

At the national level, Laird is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics for legal and business conferences. In the pages of the Austin-American Statesman, Laird has championed the notion of judicial pay raises in Texas. Regional television news affiliates have interviewed him regarding increased speed limits approved for Texas highways in 2011.

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Laird is a recipient of the United States Army Commendation Medal. He is married with three children.

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Location

  • 1119 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Fort Worth, TX 76104

Education

  • Texas Christian University, MBA, graduated 1977
  • Texas Tech University, BBA, graduated 1976
  • Temple University , L.L.M, graduated 2015
  • South Texas College of Law , J.D., graduated 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, State Bar of Texas

Affiliations

  • Academy of Trial Advocacy - Member
  • American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) - Member
  • State Bar of Texas Advertising Review Committee - Past Chair
  • State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee - Member
  • State Bar of Texas Professional Ethics Committee - Member
  • State Bar of Texas Referral Fee Task Force Committee - Member
  • Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (TEX-ABOTA) - President, 2010
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association - Past Director
  • United States Army Commendation Medal - Honoree

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Medical Malpractice Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Medical Malpractice Law, Dallas (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Awards:

  • Recipient of the 2021 Blackstone Award, the Tarrant County Bar Association’s most prestigious honor.
  • H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
  • Recognized for three of the Top Texas Verdicts & Settlements in 2013 by VerdictSearch
  • AV%AEPreeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ranked among the Best Law Firms in Dallas/Fort Worth in Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation, US News/Best Lawyers, 2014-present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012-present, Personal Injury Litigation
  • Professionalism Award, Tarrant County Bar Association, 2009
  • Texas Super Lawyers list of Top 100 in TX, 2005-2013, 2015-present
  • Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-present
  • Top Personal Injury Attorney in Tarrant County, Texas Fort Worth, Texas magazine
  • Top Attorneys in Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Texas magazine
  • Attorney of Influence, Fort Worth Business Press

$4.3 MILLION ($4,364,250.00) RECOVERY TO CLIENT – TRUCKING COLLISION – PARTIAL PARALYSIS :

A wife and daughter asked for our representation for their husband and father who was in a collision with a water hauler tanker truck in Panola County that left him partially paralyzed. Our investigation showed the truck driver lied on his application, and that the trucking company was aware of the traffic dangers associated with their entrance. ($4.3 million ($4,364,250.28) client recovery on $7,700,000.00 settlement after fees of $3,080,000.00 and expenses of $255,749.72)

$3.4 MILLION ($3,421,444.00) RECOVERY TO CLIENTS – TRUCK COLLISION – CLIENT 1- SPINE INJURY, SPLEEN LACERATION, BRAIN INJURY, CLIENT 2 -FOREARM FRACTURE, BRAIN INJURY :

We represented the driver and the passenger of a car that was hit by an 18-wheeler. ($3.4 million ($3,421,444.50) client’s recovery on $6,386,804.00 verdict after fees of $2,554,721.60 and expenses of $410,637.90)

$3.6 MILLION ($3,624,210.00) RECOVERY TO CLIENT –SAILBOAT ACCIDENT – ELECTRICAL SHOCK :

We represented an engineer who was seriously injured by an electrical shock after a sailboat mast touched a live wire that was hanging over a cove. Our investigation showed that the electric company violated height regulations pertaining to power lines. ($3.6 million ($3,624,210.88) client recovery on $6,460,000.00 settlement after fees of $2,348,435.78 and expenses of $487,353.34)

$2.3 MILLION ($2,320,043.00) RECOVERY TO CLIENT – MANUFACTURER DEFECT – FATALITY :

The family of a man who was killed in a defective crane accident at a construction site asked for our help. We found that the crane had a defect that the manufacturer knew about but never corrected. ($2.3 million ($2,320,043.55) client recovery on $3,600,000.00 settlement after fees of $1,176,207.60 and expenses of $103,748.85)

$1.3 MILLION ($1,331,250.00) RECOVERY TO CLIENT – TRUCKING COLLISION – FATALITY :

We represented the family of a Missouri couple in a jury trial following a deadly 18-wheeler collision. We showed that the truck driver falsified his log books in order to minimize his rest time, violating federal law. ($1.3 million ($1,331,250.00) client recovery on $1,775,000.00 verdict after fees of $443,750.00 and expenses of $0.00)

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