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David L. Steelman

David L. Steelman

Managing Partner
Rolla, Missouri

David Steelman was born in Columbia, Missouri. Mr. Steelman graduated summa cum laude with an Economics degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia and graduated cum laude and first in his class in law school to complete his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri Columbia School of Law in 1978. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1978. He is licensed to practice in the state of Missouri and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri. Mr. Steelman was a Phi Beta Kappa, a member of Order of the Coif, Editor of the Missouri Law Review from 1977-1978 and authored "Constitutional Law in Personam Jurisdiction in Missouri". Mr. Steelman is a member of the Phelps County and American Bar Associations. He is a member of the Missouri Bar and a member of the American Association for Justice, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Steelman's law practice focuses primarily in: Business Litigation, Personal Injury Plaintiff-General and General Litigation. He has won a number of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in the areas of product liability, utility negligence, medical malpractice, railroad crossing, and trucking litigation.

In 1978, Mr. Steelman was elected to the first of three terms in the Missouri General Assembly. After his first term, he was elected Minority Floor Leader at the age of 27. Mr. Steelman has been selected by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Missouri for 2008 & 2009.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Personal Injury Plaintiff-General
  • General Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri


  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • J.D. cum laude - 1978
    • Honors: First in Class
    • Honors: Member, Order of the Coif
    • Law Review: Missouri Law Review, Editor, 1977 - 1978
  • University of Missouri - Columbia
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Economics

Published Works

  • "Constitutional Law in Personam Jurisdiction in Missouri"

Honors and Awards

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers magazine Top Attorney, 2008
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers magazine Top Attorney, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Phelps County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Missouri Bar, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Missouri General Assembly, Minority Floor Leader

Community involvement

  • Purchased 2013 Grand Champion Steer at the Crawford County Fair.
  • Mid-Missouri Stealers Baseball
  • Mid-Ozark CASA Program
  • National MS Society


  • 2013 Bar Registration of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2012 Top 100 Trial Lawyers, David L. Steelman
  • 2012 Missouri & Kansas SuperLawyers, David L. Steelman
  • 2012 Top Attorneys in Missouri, David L. Steelman
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine Top Attorney

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