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Steven H. Begley

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Steve Begley joined Wells Marble & Hurst in 1986, after serving four years as a judge advocate in the United States Air Force. Steve has extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts, having tried approximately eighty cases, including a trial that lasted three weeks. He has also argued cases at the appellate level. Currently, his practice is devoted to life, health, accident, disability and property insurance, ERISA, insurance coverage, arson, insurance “bad faith,” premises liability, personal injury, and products liability.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1979, graduating with “Highest Honors,” and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1982. While in law school, Steve was a member of the Moot Court Board and clerked for a Mississippi circuit court judge. He was also selected into the Graduate Law Program of the U.S. Air Force.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised near Tampa, Florida, Steve has been active in his community, serving seven years as president and trustee of a local school board and twelve years as a leader with the Boy Scouts of America.

Areas of Practice
  • Insurance Defense
  • Life, Health, Accident, Disability Insurance and ERISA
  • Premises Liability
  • Property Insurance
  • Products Liability
  • Litigation
Litigation Percentage
  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 1982
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Mississippi, 1982
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Mississippi, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1982
Education
  • University of Mississippi School of Law
    • Oxford, Mississippi
    • 1982, J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of Southern Mississippi
    • Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    • 1979, B.S., Bachelor of Science
    • Honors: With Highest Honors
Honors and Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America (Insurance Law) – 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Mid-South Super Lawyer – 2013, 2014, 2015
Published Works
  • 2012 WL 3174110 (Miss. Ct. App. Aug. 7, 2012)
  • Adcock v. Wal-Mart Stores, E., LP, 2011 WL 3047623 (S.D. Miss. July 25, 2011)
  • Braddock v. Baker Hughes Inc. Long Term Disability Plan, 461 F.Supp.2d 490 (S.D. Miss. 2006)
  • Buckley v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 2007 WL 2701397 (S.D. Miss., September 11, 2007)
  • C & D Inv. Co. v. Gulf Transp. Co., 526 So.2d 526 ( Miss. 1988)
  • Chapman v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 520 F.Supp.2d 844 (S.D. Miss. 2007)
  • Dowdy v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., 458 F.Supp.2d 289 (S.D. Miss. 2006)
  • Drinkard v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 2009 WL 198470 (N.D. Miss., January 26, 2009)
  • Gann v. Fruehauf Corp., 52 F.3d 1320 (5th Cir. 1995)
  • Haley v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 189 F.Supp.2d 567 (S.D. Miss. 2001)
  • Heagy v. Hartford Life Ins. Co., No. 1:05CV112-DD, 2006 WL 1778921 (N.D. Miss.,June 26, 2006)
  • Hutton v. Am. Gen. Life & Accident Ins. Co., 909 So.2d 87 (Miss. Ct. App. 2005)
  • Jones v. USAble Life, 432 F.Supp.2d 673 (S.D. Miss. 2006)
  • Jones v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2007 WL 2782880 (N.D. Miss., September 24, 2007)
  • Knight’s Marine & Industrial Services, Inc. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, et al.,
  • Lawrence v. Jackson Mack Sales, Inc., 837 F.Supp. 771 (S.D. Miss. 1992)
  • Lewis v. CNA Group Life Assurance Co., 414 F.Supp.2d 652 (S.D. Miss. 2006)
  • Lyons v. Miskelly, 759 F.Supp. 324 (S.D. Miss. 1990)
  • McBride v. CNA Ins. Co., 463 F.Supp.2d 613 (S.D. Miss. 2006)
  • Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. v. Thompson, 968 F.Supp. 312 (S.D. Miss. 1997)
  • Moore v. Interstate Fire Ins. Co., 717 F.Supp. 1193 (S.D. Miss. 1989)
  • Nowell v. Cent. Serv. Ass’n, 106 F.Supp.2d 888 (S.D. Miss. 2000)
  • Pharmacists Mut. Ins. Co. v. Hardy, 213 F. App’x 363 (5th Cir. 2007)
  • Pharmacists Mut. Ins. Co. v. Hardy, No. 1:04CV112-D-D, 2005 WL 2445903 (N.D. Miss.,October 3, 2005)
  • Regency Hosp. Co. of Meridian, LLC v. Gilsbar, Inc., 2006 WL 3375252 (S.D. Miss., November 21, 2006)
  • Scott v. Hartford Life and Acc. Ins. Co., 2012 WL 3202958 (S.D.Miss. August 03, 2012)
  • Singley v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 497 F.Supp.2d 807 (S.D. Miss. 2007)
  • Skinner v. USAble Life, 200 F.Supp.2d 636 (S.D. Miss. 2001)
  • Tyree v. Hartford Life and Acc. Ins. Co., 2012 WL 292239, (S.D.Miss., January 31, 2012)
  • Williams v. Hartford Life Ins. Co., 243 F. App’x 795 (5th Cir. 2007)
Associations and Memberships
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
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