Steven J. Leibel grew up in Aberdeen, SD, and graduated with a B.A. from North Dakota State University in 1997 with degrees in English and Political Science. While at NDSU, Steve co-authored a case study that was published by Pew Case Studies at Georgetown University and was named Political Science Student of the Year (1997). Steve received his juris doctorate in 2001 from Baylor Law School in Waco, TX. Following graduation from Baylor, Steve worked at a prominent plaintiff’s firm in Albuquerque, NM. He joined the Albuquerque litigation firm of Dines & Gross PC in 2004, where he became a shareholder in 2007.
Steve is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®*, and has participated in arbitrations, jury, and bench trials in New Mexico. While in Albuquerque, Steve represented both plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of personal injury and professional liability, and has served as panel counsel for a number of nationwide insurance companies advising them on coverage issues and providing defenses for their insureds. In 2007, Steve was part of a three-attorney trial team that obtained a $53,200,000.00 jury verdict in favor of his client after a two and one-half week jury trial**. At the time, this verdict was believed to be the largest single-plaintiff personal injury verdict in New Mexico history. Steve has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico Law School, where he taught legal writing. Steve has been admitted to practice in the State of North Dakota, the State of New Mexico (inactive), the State of Texas (inactive), United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, the District of New Mexico, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Steve and his wife Marijke returned to the Dakotas in 2012 to raise their children. While in North Dakota, Steve has continued his general litigation practice, focusing on the areas of personal injury, insurance law, and business litigation, including construction and real estate disputes. When he is not working, Steve enjoys long road trips with Marijke to visit family and friends, fly fishing with his three sons, and attending tea parties hosted by his young daughter.
*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ fall into two categories—legal ability and general ethical standards.
**Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Every case is different. The results obtained in any case depend heavily on the facts of the case.