RECENT NEWS: Received the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from the Mississippi Association of Justice in June of 2015 and again named a Mid-South SuperLawyer for year 2015.
Lance Stevens has been practicing exclusively personal injury law for over twenty seven years. He is the former President of the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association for the years 2000-2001, a group then representing all 1,000 of the best trial lawyers in the state. Lance also received the Mississippi Trial Lawyer of the Year award in 1999 and 2003, the only Mississippi lawyer to be awarded that honor twice, and the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year in the U.S. from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America in 1999, a group composed of tens of thousands of trial lawyers across the country. More recently, he received that the Lifetime Achievement Award (in 2015) for the trial lawyersÍ organization, now called the Mississippi Association for Justice.
Lance has been named one of the Top Fifty Lawyers in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal in 2010 and one of the Top Fifty Lawyers in the state by Mid-South Super Lawyers in every year from 2010-2015. The National Trial Lawyers Association awarded him a Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2012. He has also been named one of the top 500 lawyers in the U.S. by LawDragon in 2010. The American Society of Legal Advocates named Lance one of the top 100 litigation attorneys in Mississippi in 2013. He has also testified as a legal expert on several occasions.
Lance has been invited to speak to lawyers across the country, and on two Caribbean islands, on topics such as bad faith, jury selection, opening statements, inadequate security, closing arguments, subrogation and uninsured motorist law. He has personally authored several statutes that are currently on the books as a part of his continuing effort to educate the legislative branch of government on the needs of injured victims and the judicial process.
The firm, Stevens & Ward, was previously awarded the ñStone Ponyî Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Association for Justice.
On a personal note, Lance is the father of four children (all teenagers as of this writing) and happily married to Beth Stevens. Like his partner, he has coached numerous soccer teams, baseball teams and golf teams. His hobbies include golf, woodworking, movies and politics.
Lance grew up in southwest Jackson then migrated to the suburbs, graduating from Clinton High School in 1980 as an accomplished member of the debate team. He went to Bama on a debate scholarship, probably fueling his interest in the litigation field.
Interestingly, both of his sisters (one local, one on the West Coast) have spent their entire careers as legal assistants/paralegals and LanceÍs mother worked in the insurance industry. Father, Bill Stevens (1948-2006), avoided the legal field, working in the banking/financial field and was a golfing inspiration.