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Steven Pate Harrelson

Steven Pate Harrelson

Harrelson Law Firm
  • Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability...
  • Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas
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Steve Harrelson is licensed to practice law in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana, and his practice areas include catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. Steve practices throughout the three state region in state and federal courts. In addition to litigating complex issues inside the courtroom, Steve is also experienced in private negotiations, mediations, and seeking remedies at the administrative level. While Steve enjoys many areas of the legal arena, his passion is preparing for and engaging in the trial by jury. Steve believes in the constitutional right to trial by jury and is willing to protect and preserve this concept on which the American tort system is founded. In addition to his law practice, Steve served a stint in the state legislature in Arkansas from 2005 through 2012. He served as House Majority Leader and chaired the House Judiciary Committee before serving in the Arkansas Senate. Steve is very familiar with the inner workings of state government and earned a certificate from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2008 for Executives in State and Local Government. – – – – – Q&A: Why did you become a lawyer? Steve Harrelson: I chose law with the intent to bring justice to a broken world, to vindicate the rights of the weak, vulnerable and oppressed, and to confirm that justice is blind, ensuring equality to all people. To me, the law is a calling because I approach it as a way of serving others.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Civil Rights
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Arkansas State Senate
House Majority Leader
Arkansas House of Representatives
University of Arkansas - Little Rock
J.D. (2000)
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
B.A. (1996) | Political Science, History
Activities: President, Associated Student Government
Rising Star
Friend of AARP
Legislator of the Year
Arkansas Circuit Clerks Association
Advocate of Justice
Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Assocation
Breath of Life Award
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Rising Star
First Branch Award
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
Humanitarian of the Year
Arkansas Education Association
Lawyer of the Year
Texarkana Bar Association
Guardian of Justice
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
Professional Associations
Arkansas State Bar
State Bar of Texas
Louisiana State Bar
Articles & Publications
3 Things Not To Do After A Car Accident
Harrelson Firm Blog
Speaking Engagements
Arkansas Legislative Update, Texarkana Bar Association, Texarkana Country Club
Texarkana Bar Association
Bar Examiner
Louisiana State Bar Association
Legal Answers
32 Questions Answered

Q. The woman who hit my car claimed the only reason she swerved into me was because a coffee she'd ordered from a fast food
A: No, she would still be negligent. She is the proper Defendant.
Q. What can I do about the damage to my car after a wreck?
A: Submit it to your insurance carrier. if they believe the other insurer is responsible, let them deal with it.
Q. my sister was hit by another car that passed a red light and we didn't have insurance yet and they were at fault
A: This occurred in Texas? You should be fine to pursue a claim on the other parties' insurance. Texas doesn't have a no pay, no play law (yet).
Q. our truck was wrecked.we had uninssured motorist.our insurance says they changed it(per our request)we did not.what can
A: Texas law requires that any rejection of Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage be in writing. Have your agent show you the writing where it was waived/rejected.
Q. i hit an off-road vehicle that had fell out of a truck operated by a driver under the influence. who is at fault? Thanks
A: Based on my limited knowledge of the facts, it appears that the person operating the vehicle that lost the ATV would be responsible. However, if you had a last clear opportunity to avoid the accident, you could be apportioned some percentage of fault.
Q. other driver Failed to yield and hit me totalling my car, They were ticketed and found liable but have no insurance
A: Check your policy for your Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage. Unless you specifically waived it in writing, you should have coverage for your losses.
Q. Is it worth sueing this girl? Will i win? I doubt she will show up.
A: There are a lot of issues here. The short answer is that even if you do win, it’s unlikely that you will ever be able to collect anything on any judgment that you get against the woman who wrecked the car. However, if she does have some easily identifiable assets that are subject to collection of a judgment you obtain, it may change things. Still, that will require hiring and paying an attorney to help navigate the issues described later in this answer...and that’s likely to cost more than the actual payoff of the vehicle. If she does answer the petition you are considering filing against her, there could be issues if you/your mom don’t have a written contract with her that outlines the obligations and responsibilities between all the parties as to payments, insurance, taxes, ownership, etc. For example, was this a sublease, or was she financing the vehicle as a purchase since you could no longer make the payments? This type of agreement (to pay off the debts of another) is required to be in writing pursuant to the statute of frauds in Texas for these very reasons: in the event of disaster, these agreed-upon terms could be easily determined by looking at the contract. Further, I’m sure the financing agreement that you/your mom signed when you purchased the car required a full collision insurance policy to be in effect until the car is paid off, so you’re likely to be in breach of that contract. Also, there might be a provision in the original contract that prevents you from this type of “sublease” arrangement. Lastly, you’re going to have to share in some of the blame for undertaking this commitment in 2013 and then bailing on it. Honestly, it appears as though your mom is the true victim here. This is likely going to have to be a learning experience for both you and your mom. I would make demand upon the woman for the appraised KBB value of the car minus its salvage value and see whether you could arrive at a negotiated lump sum payment from her. That would allow her to avoid a lawsuit and would help you and your mom pay off the lienholder and put this problem behind you.
Q. Son got in a car accident 2 days after we bought the vehicle and is not insured
A: You should check your insurance policy to determine whether he was an excluded driver. It's possible that your insurance will still cover the accident, depending on the insurer. However, it's likely that there's an exclusion for allowing someone to drive the car who is not a licensed driver. Secondly, you should be concerned about a potential lawsuit against you for negligent entrustment, which is a cause of action in Texas. You should contact your insurer ASAP to notify them of this claim and explain the details.
Q. I was involved in a car accident today in Louisiana. I do not have insurance but the person who hit me did. What can ido
A: In Louisiana, the “No-Pay, No Play” law bars uninsured and underinsured drivers from collecting the first $15,000 of bodily injury damages and the first $25,000 of property damages. This means that even if the other driver is at fault, an uninsured driver will have to cover medical costs up to $15,000, and car repairs up to $25,000. So in short, unless you qualify for one of the exemptions, and your injuries are minimal, an attorney won’t be able to help you. The exemptions are as follows: 1. Only the state-required minimum liability insurance, not full coverage, is required to be exempt from the “No-Pay, No-Play” law. 2. The law does not apply to legally parked cars. 3. The law does not apply to drivers from another state if their state did not require them to have liability insurance at the time of the wreck. 4. The law does not apply if the other driver is convicted of driving while intoxicated, intentionally causes the wreck, fled the scene, or was furthering the commission of a felony at the time of the accident. 5. The law does not apply to a passenger’s claim unless the passenger is a co-owner of the uninsured car.
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