Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada, and he practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law.
Steve was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He studied as a fellowship student of Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan before receiving his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri. He then studied international law at the University of Notre Dame’s Concannon Programme of International Law in London before he received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He completed Harvard Law School’s mediator training course in 2000. Steve was subsequently appointed as a mediator in certain Federal civil rights cases in Nevada's Federal District Court and he serves as an appointed arbitrator in Nevada's District Courts.
Steve’s 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.
Steve's book, Elements of Nevada Legal Theories, is considered one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law and is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys. He has published a variety of other law books including: Nevada Statutes of Limitation, Nevada Evidence Law and Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure.
Steve served as Vice-Chair of the Nevada State Bar’s Northern Nevada Disciplinary Board and he was a member, for many years, of Nevada’s Medical Screening Panel. He served on Nevada’s Revised Jury Instruction Committee and he was the long-time Chair of the Nevada State Bar’s Consumer Protection Committee.
Steve is also a PSIA/AASI certified professional snowboarding instructor and an Original Invited Artist at the pioneering Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) where he exhibits photography and digital art frequently. He and his wife enjoy hiking and cycling and taking trucks and cameras out onto the endless backroads of Nevada.