Steven B. Garner

Springfield, Missouri
phone (417) 887-4300
fax (417) 887-4385

Steve Garner has been a shareholder and officer of Strong, Garner, Bauer, P.C. since 1990. Since joining the firm in 1986, Steve has prepared and tried personal injury, wrongful death and product liability suits on behalf of injured parties.

Steve received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in 1983, graduating with high honors. He graduated No. 1 in his class from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1986. Other law school honors include receipt of the Outstanding Oral Advocacy Award in 1986, selection to the Regional Appellate Advocacy Team, selection to the Regional Trial Team, and selection to Law Review.

Steve has served on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (and elected to Executive Committee) and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association Board of Directors and President-Elect from 1993 to 1996. In 1996, the Missouri Bar Association awarded Steve the Lon O. Hocker Award. It is an award that is given to three trial lawyers in Missouri under age 37 who have shown excellence in the courtroom. Steve is also a member of the International Academy of Trial Attorneys and the American Board of Trial Advocates. In October of 1999 Missouri Lawyers Weekly ran a feature story on Steve as one of the state’s best trial lawyers under 40 years of age. He has spoken and written on various aspects of trial advocacy and representing consumers.

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Year Joined Organization:

Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Bad Faith

Litigation Percentage:
90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions:
Missouri, 1986
U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1987
U.S. Court of Federal Claims

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1986
Honors: High Honors
Law Review: University of Arkansas Law Review, 1985 – 1986

Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1983
Honors: With High Honors

Published Works:
Defamation Law in Arkansas Since Dodrill v. Arkansas Democrat, Ark. L. Rev., 38:4, 1986

How to Strip Your Opponent Naked and Make Them Beg To Pay You Money, Missouri Trial Attorney, Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 2002

Bad Faith – Some Thoughts, Law, and Practical Considerations, Missouri Trial Attorney, Vol. 21, No. 4, Winter 2003

Representative Cases:
Vanskike v. Union Pacific R. Co., 725 F.2d 1146 (C.A.8 (Mo.) 1984)
Vaughn v. Michelin Tire Corp., 756 S.W.2d 548 (Mo.App. S.D. 1988)
Johnson v. Pacific Intermountain Exp. Co., 662 S.W.2d 237 (Mo. 1983)
Southern Missouri Bank v. Fogle, 738 S.W.2d 153 (Mo. App. S.D. 1987)
Placzek v. Strong, 868 F.2d 1013 (8th Cir. 1989)
Wells v. Bryant, 782 S.W.2d 721 (Mo. App. S.D. 1989)
Georgescu v. K Mart Corp., 813 S.W.2d 298 ( 1991)
Countryman v. Seymour R-11 School Dist., 823 S.W.2d 515 ( 1992)
First National Bank of Fort Smith v. Kansas City Southern Rwy. Co., 865 S.W.2d 719 (Mo. App. W.D. 1993)
Porter v. Erickson Transport Corp., 851 S.W.2d 725 (Mo. App. S.D. 1993)
Robinson v. Empiregas Inc., of Hartville, 906 S.W.2d 829 (Mo. App. S.D. 1995)
Welsh v. Burlington Northern, Inc., Employee Benefits Plan, 54 F.3d 1331 (8th Cir. 1995)
Midland Risk Insurance Co. v. White, 959 F.Supp. 1092 (W.D. Ark. 1997)
Rogers v. B.G. Transit Corp., 949 S.W.2d 151 (Mo. App. S.D. 1997)
Benoit v. Missouri Hwy & Transportation Commission, 33 S.W.3d 663 ( 2000)
State ex rel. Tracy v. Dandurand, 30 S.W.3d 831 (Mo. 2000)
Bank of America v. Stevens, 83 S.W.3d 47 ( 2002)
State ex rel. Ford Motor Co. v. Messina, 71 S.W.3d 602 (Mo. 2002)
Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. Tuggle, 289 F.Supp. 1061 (W.D. Ark. 2003)
Daniel v. Indiana Mills & Mfg., Inc., 103 S.W.3d 302 (Mo. App. S.D. 2003)
Schubert v. Trailmobile Trailer, L.L.C., 111 S.W.3d 897 (Mo. App. S.D. 2003)
State of Missouri, ex. rel. Ford Motor Company v. Westbrooke, 151 S.W.3d 364 (Mo. banc 2004)

Honors and Awards:
Number One Graduate, University of Arkansas Law School, 1986

Recipient, Oral Advocacy Award, 1986

Listed in Best Lawyers in America

Lon O. Hocker Award – Missouri Bar Foundation, 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Board of Governors and elected to Executive Committee

Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
Board of Directors and Current President

American Bar Association

American Trial Lawyers Association

International Academy of Trial Attorneys

American Board of Trial Advocates

Phi Delta Theta
Delta Theta Phi
Gamma Beta Phi
Phi Kappa Phi