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 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

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

            Knight's Marine & Industrial Services, Inc.
            v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, et al.,
            2012 WL 3174110 (Miss. Ct. App. Aug. 7, 2012)
            Scott v. Hartford Life and Acc. Ins. Co.,
            2012 WL 3202958 (S.D.Miss. August 03, 2012)
            Tyree v. Hartford Life and Acc. Ins. Co., 2012 WL
            292239, (S.D.Miss., January 31, 2012)
Adcock v. Wal-Mart Stores, E., LP, 2011 WL 3047623 (S.D. Miss. July 25, 2011)

Williams v. Hartford Life Ins. Co., 243 F. App'x 795 (5th Cir. 2007)
Pharmacists Mut. Ins. Co. v. Hardy, 213 F. App'x 363 (5th Cir. 2007)
Drinkard v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 2009 WL 198470 (N.D. Miss., January 26, 2009)
Chapman v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 520 F.Supp.2d 844 (S.D. Miss. 2007)
Jones v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2007 WL 2782880 (N.D. Miss., September 24, 2007)
Buckley v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 2007 WL 2701397 (S.D. Miss., September 11, 2007)
Singley v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 497 F.Supp.2d 807 (S.D. Miss. 2007)
Regency Hosp. Co. of Meridian, LLC v. Gilsbar, Inc., 2006 WL 3375252 (S.D. Miss., November 21, 2006)
McBride v. CNA Ins. Co., 463 F.Supp.2d 613 (S.D. Miss. 2006)
Braddock v. Baker Hughes Inc. Long Term Disability Plan, 461 F.Supp.2d 490 (S.D. Miss. 2006)
Heagy v. Hartford Life Ins. Co., No. 1:05CV112-DD, 2006 WL 1778921 (N.D. Miss.,June 26, 2006)

Dowdy v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., 458 F.Supp.2d 289 (S.D. Miss. 2006)

Jones v. USAble Life, 432 F.Supp.2d 673 (S.D. Miss. 2006)

Lewis v. CNA Group Life Assurance Co., 414 F.Supp.2d 652 (S.D. Miss. 2006)

Pharmacists Mut. Ins. Co. v. Hardy, No. 1:04CV112-D-D, 2005 WL 2445903 (N.D. Miss.,October 3, 2005)

Hutton v. Am. Gen. Life & Accident Ins. Co., 909 So.2d 87 (Miss. Ct. App. 2005)

Haley v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 189 F.Supp.2d 567 (S.D. Miss. 2001)

Skinner v. USAble Life, 200 F.Supp.2d 636 (S.D. Miss. 2001)

Nowell v. Cent. Serv. Ass’n, 106 F.Supp.2d 888 (S.D. Miss. 2000)

Lawrence v. Jackson Mack Sales, Inc., 837 F.Supp. 771 (S.D. Miss. 1992)

Lyons v. Miskelly, 759 F.Supp. 324 (S.D. Miss. 1990)

Moore v. Interstate Fire Ins. Co., 717 F.Supp. 1193 (S.D. Miss. 1989)

Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. v. Thompson, 968 F.Supp. 312 (S.D. Miss. 1997)

Gann v. Fruehauf Corp., 52 F.3d 1320 (5th Cir. 1995)

C & D Inv. Co. v. Gulf Transp. Co., 526 So.2d 526 ( Miss. 1988)
            Best Lawyers in America (Insurance Law)-
            2013, 2014, 2015
            Mid-South Super Lawyer 2013, 2014, 2015
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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