David L. Steelman

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Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Rolla, MO

Steelman & Gaunt
 | 901 Pine Street, Suite 110, PO Box 1257
Rolla, MO 65402
Phone: 573-341-8336
Fax: 573-341-8548
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (0%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney David L. Steelman is the managing partner of Steelman, Gaunt & Horsefield, Attorneys at Law, located in Rolla, Missouri. Serving clients throughout Phelps County and the rest of Mid-Missouri, Mr. Steelman focuses his practice primarily on business litigation, plaintiff personal injury cases and general civil litigation.

A tenacious and aggressive litigator with nearly 40 years of legal experience, Mr. Steelman has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients for their claims involving trucking and railroad accidents, defective products, medical malpractice and utility negligence. He has also achieved notable success in his handling of mass torts and class actions, and he has advocated strongly on behalf of victims of sexual abuse, rape and other violent crimes.

A Missouri native, Mr. Steelman graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri with a degree in economics. He then attended the University of Missouri School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, first in his class, in 1978 and was a member of both the Order of the Coif and The Phi Beta Kappa Society. He also served as editor for the Missouri Law Review.

In 1978, The Missouri Bar admitted him to practice, and he also practices before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri.

Widely regarded as one of the top personal injury and business litigation attorneys in the region, Mr. Steelman was listed in the 2013 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received several other awards and honors for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal service.

Active in his legal community, he is a member of the Phelps County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He also served with the Missouri General Assembly, ultimately becoming minority floor leader when he was only 27 years old.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (50%)

Class Action/Mass Torts (50%)

Personal Injury - General (0%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense


Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About David Steelman

Admitted: 1978, Missouri

Professional Webpage: http://www.steelmanandgaunt.com/Attorney-Profiles/David-L-St...


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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Missouri Bar, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Phelps County Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • Missouri, 1978

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Missouri Law Review, Editor, University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, 1977 - 1978
  • "Constitutional Law in Personam Jurisdiction in Missouri"

Educational Background:

  • University of Missouri - Columbia, Economics, Honors: summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa
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Office Location for David L. Steelman

901 Pine Street, Suite 110
PO Box 1257
Rolla, MO 65402

Phone: 573-341-8336

Fax: 573-341-8548

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Last Updated: 8/12/2019

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