Laurel Stevenson

Laurel headshot

Primary practice areas:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business assessment and risk management
Professional Liability
Toxic torts

• B.A., Drury University 1986
– President’s Award, Communications Department
• J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia 1989
– Member, Journal of Dispute Resolution
– Published: ADR in Hospital Staff Privilege Disputes

• Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin
• Licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Missouri and Arkansas, and before the United States Supreme Court

Laurel has tried more than eighty jury trials since 1997, and has assisted in claims and litigation in eight states.  She was previously in-house counsel for a Dutch-owned corporation, and for a commercial general liability and bonding company.  She served as managing partner for a mid-size Missouri firm before joining HCB. Laurel has been a faculty member for week-long trial colleges in Irving, Texas.  She has also provided assistance to Drury University’s Law & Society minor program, and the University of Missouri-Columbia’s trial program.  In 2019, she received the Certified Legal Management Professional designation (CLMP).

Laurel has served on the Executive Leadership Committee for Go Red through the American Heart Association, and a member of the advisory group for a home serving females transitioning out of foster care. 

She has dedicated substantial time as a Facilitator to the Missouri Bar's Complaint Resolution Program and Fee Dispute Resolution Program.

In 2019, she was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court as a Disciplinary Hearing Officer to complete the term of her long-time mentor, Virginia Fry who passed away in 2019.

• Defense Research Institute
• American Bar Association (Litigation Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section)
• Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
• Springfield Claims Association
• Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
• Transportation Lawyers Association
• National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Claims Xchange
Claims and Litigation Management (CLM)
Overview of Mediation Process