Firm Overview

The lawyers at Harman, Warren & Harris in Billings are some of the most seasoned and talent civil trial attorneys in Montana. We have a passion for justice that is evident in the skillful and creative advocacy we provide to severely injured and wronged clients. With more than a century's worth of collective trial experience, we provide help to people throughout Montana and northern Wyoming in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance disputes and business disputes. We have extensive trial experience in courtrooms across Montana. While there are many lawyers who advertise for personal injury cases, few have the actual trial experience of this firm.

The firm was established in 2002 to advocate for the injured.

Example cases

$1.7 million verdict against a Montana doctor and medical facility for failure to diagnose and treat a heart valve problem that resulted in the death of a 43-year-old husband and father of four.

$1.3 million verdict against an insurance company for failure to pay claims related to a back injury sustained in automobile accident.

$7.2 million verdict on behalf of a franchisee of recreational vehicles for wrongful termination of franchise (one of the largest verdicts to come out of Yellowstone County).

Main Office

Main
550 North 31st Street
Suite 250
Billings  MT  59101

Phone
  • (406) 294-2000
Fax
  • (404) 294-2010

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I always meet with clients for a free initial consultation. In addition, I review the case thoroughly before making a decision with regard to representation. I do not charge for this initial review. I often obtain records and consult with experts prior to taking a case. I do not charge the client for the costs associated with those reviews if I do not take the case.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I work almost exclusively on a contingency fee basis.

Hourly Rates

Varies.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Greta Beringer

Emergency After Hours

No

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Defending doctors and hospitals in medical negligence cases led me to change the focus of my practice to representing patients injured by malpractice.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I find many clients rely upon internet searches for information related to their legal rights. I always discuss those issues with the clients and explain the legal ramifications with them.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I often review documents prepared by my clients.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I occasionally assist parties in drafting and filing pro se complaints and in filing applications for review with the Montana Medical Legal Panel.

Steven J. Harman

1975 - Clerk Judge Murry, Federal Court, Butte, Montana
1978-2002 - Partner, Brown Law Firm, Billings, Montana
2003-2005 - Partner, Buxbaum, Daue, Harman and Fitzpatrick, Billings, Montana
2005 to Present - Partner, Harman, Warren & Harris, PLLP

For the first 25 years of my practice, I defended civil lawsuits. This defense experience is invaluable. I know what the other side is thinking. Before law school, I worked in construction, garbage hauling and in the oil patch. I volunteer to serve on the boards of various non-profit organizations dealing with child abuse and disabled children. All of these experiences combine to assist me in advocating for my clients.

I tend to over prepare. My reputation statewide is that I am a good, honest lawyer who gets along with other attorneys but I am not afraid to go to trial. I am respected by colleagues and judges throughout the state.

Personal interests:

Fly fishing, hunting, traveling and golf.

License
  • Bar Number: 1617
    Montana , 1975
Education
  • University of Montana
    Juris Doctorate , 1975
    Missoula, MT
    • Montana Law Review staff
  • Montana State University
    Bachelor of Science , 1972
    Bozeman, MT
    • Mathematics
    • Basketball
    • Academic scholarships

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