Steve Harrison, a Baylor Law School alumnus and partner and founding member of the Waco law firm Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, P.C., was installed as 2011 President-Elect of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association at its Annual Board and Membership Meeting on Dec. 3 in Austin. Harrison will be the fifth Baylor Lawyer to serve as TTLA president in the last decade, joining George Chandler, John Eddie Williams, Nelson Roach and immediate past president Tex Quesada. Houston lawyer Steve Mostyn will serve as 2011 President.
"Steve has the heart and mind of a servant and has always been moved to serve the under-served and the marginalized," said Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben. "In the law center, Steve and the partners of his predecessor firm generously underwrote one of our courtrooms. At their initiative, the courtroom was to be one that is disabled - accessible. That sort of caring is quite special and it's the same sort of character trait that draws peers and colleagues in the bar to Steve as a leader."
Harrison has been a trial lawyer for 35 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, toxic tort and business litigation matters.
An accomplished civil litigator, Steve is double board certified, holding that distinction in both civil trial and personal injury trial work. He has been a member of the TTLA for 30 years and also is 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. He served for many years as a member of the National Board of Directors of the ABOTA. Additionally, he is a member of the Christian Trial Lawyers Association, is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and is the former President of the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association.
In 1983, Harrison was lead counsel in the case that resulted in the largest jury verdict in the history of McLennan County, Texas, as of that date. He also was 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 lectures frequently at Baylor Law School and at various continuing legal education programs, such as TTLA's Advanced Personal Injury Seminar. He also has testified in the Texas Senate concerning the effects of proposed legislation concerning litigation. He has authored and coauthored numerous papers and presentations, including "The Case Against the Certified Repair Station-Plaintiffs Approach," presented to the Tort and Insurance Section at the 1988 ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto; "Aviation Tort Law," in Texas Torts & Remedies; "Removal and Remand - Who Moved My Cheese? - Practical Tips for the Prevention & Cure of Relocation Anxiety" presented at the TTLA's Advanced Personal Injury Course in 2004; and "Referral Fees in Texas" presented at TTLA's Advanced Personal Injury Course in 2006.
Harrison is a member 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. He served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Hillcrest Health System and has served on that board and the Board of Trustees of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center for more than 27 years.
The Texas Trial Lawyers Association was founded in 1949 and is a professional association comprised exclusively of attorneys whose primary area of practice is representing plaintiffs in the civil justice system.