Steven E. Holden

Steve Holden received his undergraduate degree from Southwest Missouri State University in 1977. He later earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1981. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Holden did a two-year "tour" in the public defender's office where the cases were tough, fast paced, and unpredictable. The remainder of his years of practice have been dedicated to general civil litigation. He has been a trial lawyer in Tulsa for the last 32 years. Mr. Holden has achieved an "AV-Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded in terms of skill, integrity, and ethics. He has tried an estimated 200+ jury trials with in excess of 90% of his civil cases concluding successfully. He focuses on medical malpractice, trucking, employment law, product liability, construction, mass tort litigation, insurance litigation, negligence, transportation, business litigation, class action, medical device litigation, general casualty litigation, coverage issues, bad faith litigation, indian law, personal injury, toxic torts, nursing homes and first party claims.

Mr. Holden has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on litigation and continues to lecture in areas involving litigation management and litigation avoidance. He has lectured on Wall Street on alternative dispute resolution and was a featured speaker in a nationwide teleconference seminar for AIG Technical Services entitled, "Dorough v. Bell Avenue Nursing Home: How to Evaluate and Try the Tough Nursing Home Cases," which addressed risk management and evaluation. Mr. Holden was also a featured speaker in a nationally broadcast seminar recently conducted by direct satellite link to all AIG regional offices to teach evaluation of the critical factors to stem the tide of multi-million dollar plaintiff verdicts that are occurring throughout the country.

Mr. Holden is a member of the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, and American Bar Associations (member, American Bar sections on Tort and Insurance Practice Law, Litigation), Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), and Defense Research Institute (DRI). Mr. Holden is licensed to practice in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, the Cherokee Nation, the Chickasaw Nation, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Catastrophic Loss Litigation
  • Excess Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Trucking
  • Product Liability
  • Mass Tort Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Negligence
  • Transportation
  • Business Litigation
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Personal Injuries
  • Toxic Torts
  • Class Action
  • Medical Device Litigation
  • Coverage Issues
  • Nursing Homes
  • First Party Claims
  • Financial Transactions

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Speaker, "Litigation Strategy & Avoiding Bad Faith Liability," Managed Care Risk Association, Napa, 2011
  • Speaker, "Death, Carnage and the Pursuit of Happiness," Chief Litigation Summit, Masterclass, 2010
  • Speaker, "Litigation Strategy & Avoiding Bad Faith Liability," Northshore Insurance Company, Boston, 2010
  • Speaker, "Dorough v. Bell Avenue Nursing Home: How to Evaluate and Try the Tough Nursing Home Cases", AIG Technical Services
  • Featured Speaker, "Turning the Tide on Nursing Home Litigation", AIG
  • Speaker, "Top Guns Face Off: Trying An Auto Accident Case", Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Evaluation of Medical Malpractice Litigation, AIG - 3/31/06
  • Litigating a Dram Shop Liability Case, St. Paul Travelers - 4/21/06
  • Litigating a Dram Shop Liability Case, AIG Excess - 5/4/06
  • Litigating a Dram Shop Liability Case, CNA - 6/1/06
  • Litigating a Dram Shop Liability Case, Swiss Re - 11/9/06
  • Litigating a Dram Shop Liability Case, AIG - 11/10/06

Honors and Awards

  • AV-Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

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