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Steven C. "Steve" Laird

1119 Pennsylvania Avenue Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Firm: Law Offices of Laird & McCloskey
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Law Offices of Laird & McCloskey

Years In Practice


Phone Number (817) 531-3000

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.

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

What legal services does this lawyer offer?
What is the scope of this lawyer's practice?
How is this lawyer compensated?
Contingency Fees
This lawyer is compensated by clients, often based on a contingency fee.
Bar Admissions
Admitted in 1980
Lawyer of the Year recognition for Steven C. Laird
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
Medical Malpractice Law, Dallas (2012)
  • Recipient of the 2021 Blackstone Award, the Tarrant County Bar Association’s most prestigious honor.   
  • 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
  • AV%AEPreeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized for three of the Top Texas Verdicts & Settlements in 2013 by VerdictSearch
  • H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
  • Ranked among the Best Law Firms in Dallas/Fort Worth in Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation, US News/Best Lawyers, 2014-present
Organizations & Affiliations
Academy of Trial Advocacy
Founding Member
American Association for Justice
Sustaining Member, Continuing Legal Education Presenter, Fellow - Roscoe Pound Foundation, Fellow - National College of Advocacy
American Bar Association
Member since 1980
American Bar Foundation
Life Fellow
American Law Institute
Advisory Board Member on ALI Restatement Third, Torts: Intentional Torts to Persons
Texas Bar Foundation
Member since 1988, Fellow since 1989
Texas Supreme Court Committee
Past - Professional Ethics Committee Member, Past - Task Force Committee on Advertising and Referral Fees
Work Experience
Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C.
2009 - Current
Laird & Cummings, P.C.
2007 - 2009
Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C.
2001 - 2007
Temple University, L.L.M
Graduated 2015
South Texas College of Law, J.D.
Graduated 1980
Texas Christian University, MBA
Graduated 1977
Texas Tech University, BBA
Graduated 1976
Contact Details and Office Locations
1119 Pennsylvania Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
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