Stephen E. Harrison, II

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Waco, TX

Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, P.C.
 | 5 Ritchie Road, PO Drawer 21387
Waco, TX 76702
Phone: 254-761-3300
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006, 2008 - 2011, 2014 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1976
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Steve Harrison has been a trial lawyer for 40 years. A founding member of Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, P. C., he has successfully represented both individuals and businesses in a variety of sophisticated catastrophic injury, product liability, mass tort, and business litigation matters. 
 
Steve is chairman of the Plaintiff Steering Committee in the West Explosion litigation.  He represents ten of the families who lost men in the explosion, as well as many who were injured.  Syeve, Bryan Harrison, Matt Morrison and co-counsel Zona Jones also represent the City of West, West Rest Haven and other businesses damaged by the blast. 

 

Steve was appointed by Honorable Ed Kinkaede, Judge of the Northern District of Texas, to serve on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for the Pinnacle Hip Implant litigation. The appointment was an honor for Steve and marks the law firm's significant involvement in hip implant litigation. 
 
Steve is also heavily involved in the representation of landowners in condemnation proceedings. Presently that representation is focused on the fight to protect the rights of farmers, ranchers and other property owners affected by the construction of high voltage power lines. 
 
Steve is double board certified, holding that distinction in both civil trial and personal injury trial work. He is an active and proud member of Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Steve was elected President-Elect of the organization for 2011 and President for 2012. He  is also a member of the invitation-only trial organization, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization founded to promote ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy.  Membership in ABOTA  requires substantial civil  jury trial to verdict experience, as well as high personal character and honorable reputation. He served for many years as a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
 
Steve loves the creativity and strategy involved in the preparation and trial of significant cases. In 1983, he was lead counsel in the case that resulted in the largest jury verdict in the history of McLennan County, Texas, as of that date. Steve was also lead co-counsel in what has been reported as the nation’s first jury verdict to hold a bus manufacturer liable for its failure to install passenger seat belts and safety glass. Steve is listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, which includes lawyers and law firms that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field. He has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating level based on superior ethics, as well as the desired level of professional experience. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are established by lawyers. Steve has been recognized regularly as one of the Super Lawyers in Texas Monthly magazine.
 
Steve lectures frequently at Baylor Law School, his alma mater, and at various continuing legal education programs, such as Texas Trial Lawyers Association’s Advanced Personal Injury Seminar. Steve has also testified in the Texas Senate and House of Representatives concerning the effects of proposed legislation concerning litigation.  He has authored and co-authored numerous papers and presentations, including “The Case Against the Certified Repair Station-Plaintiffs Approach,” presented to the Tort and Insurance Section, 1988 ABA Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, and “Aviation Tort Law,” Texas Torts & Remedies, Mathew Bender & Co., 1991, “Removal and Remand – Who Moved My Cheese? – Practical Tips for the Prevention & Cure of Relocation Anxiety” presented at Texas Trial Lawyers Association’s Advanced Personal Injury Course, 2004, “Referral Fees in Texas” presented at Texas Trial Lawyers Association’s Advanced Personal Injury Course, 2006.
 
Steve believes his calling as a trial lawyer is a vital part of his commitment to faith, family, and community. He and his family are members of First Baptist Church Woodway.  He was appointed by the Mayor of Waco to a steering committee to implement a plan to end chronic homelessness in Waco, a program that has become a model for the nation. Steve has always had a heart for the provision of quality health care. He served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Hillcrest Health System and served on that board and the Board of Trustees of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center for more than twenty-seven years.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (20%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Personal Injury - Products (20%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%): Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Class Action/Mass Torts (20%): Class Actions, Toxic Torts

Business Litigation (10%)

General Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Personal Injury - Products: Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Class Action/Mass Torts: Class Actions, Toxic Torts

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006, 2008 - 2011, 2014 - 2016

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About Stephen Harrison, II

Admitted 1976, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.thetriallawyers.com/SteveHarrison.htm

Honors and Awards:

  • Recipient Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 1984, Waco-McLennan County Bar Association
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Committee on Administrative of Rules of Evidence, State Bar of Texas
  • District 8-B Grievance Committee, State Bar of Texas, 1986-1993, Chairman 1990-1992
  • President, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court Western Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • State Courts in Texas
  • Christian Trial Lawyers Association
  • Former Member of National Board of Directors, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Master of the Bench and Former President, Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court
  • Former President, Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  •  Legislative Chairman, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • Executive Committees, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Member of Board of Directors, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Chairman, Board of Directors of Hillcrest Health System

Educational Background:

  • The University of Houston, B.B.A., 1973
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Office Location for Stephen E. Harrison, II

5 Ritchie Road
PO Drawer 21387
Waco, TX 76702

Phone: 254-761-3300

 

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Last Updated: 5/9/2016

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