Steve Forry is a partner in Ice Miller’s Litigation Practice Group. Steve practices commercial litigation, with focuses in financial services litigation, consumer finance litigation, and construction litigation.
Steve has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” since 2007, and by Best Lawyers of America, 2013, Commercial Litigation.
Reported and Representative Cases
Construction Arbitration (2009)
Represented a general industrial contractor in a contract dispute. After an approximately thirty-day arbitration hearing, won more than $10 million for client, including attorney’s fees and costs, and defeated the owner’s considerably larger counterclaim for alleged construction and design deficiencies relating to a large production facility.
Citizens Bank (USDC Southern District Ohio, 2008)
Obtained verdict for Citizens Bank, denying the claims of a guarantor to enjoin enforcement of a personal continuing guaranty of commercial loans and to void the continuing guaranty due to mistake or fraudulent inducement. (Case No. 2:08-cv-234, 2008 WL 2622984)
World Financial Network National Bank (USDC Southern District Ohio, 2009)
Won a motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint that client violated the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. (Case No. 2:09-cv-00655)
Empson (USA), Inc. and il Molino di Grace (Cuyahoga County, Ohio, 2011)
Obtained summary judgment for an Italian vineyard and Virginia-based importer of wines in lawsuit filed by an Ohio distributor relative to the distributor’s allegation it was unlawfully terminated. (Case No. 10-cv-730562)
Product Dispute (Ohio, 2011)
Resolved dispute between manufacturer-client and customer regarding complaint of defective product.
Board of Education of the Reynoldsburg City School District (Licking County, Ohio 2009)
Won a trial verdict, affirmed on appeal, on behalf of Reynoldsburg City School District Board of Education in a matter of first impression interpreting a statute relating to regional water and sewer districts. Dismissed the plaintiff’s claims that a regional water and sewer district had an exclusive right to provide water and sewer service to the school district’s two new facilities. (Case No. 09CV1474)
Physicians Mutual Life Insurance Company (Franklin County, Ohio 2007)
Won dismissal of claims of false and deceptive advertising and defamation against insurer-client. (Case No. 07CVA0810825)
Morning Pride Manufacturing (USDC Southern District Ohio, 2006)
Represented a manufacturer in a ten-day bench trial in federal court in lawsuit charging client with 65 Lanham Act false advertising and unfair competition claims. Successfully defeated the vast majority of claims – no damages awarded and no corrective advertising required. (Case No. C-3-89-486)
Author, "2012: The CFPB Set Its Sights on Credit Card Companies", Business Law Today, ABA Business Law Section March 2013;
Contributing author, "Financial Institutions Litigation" Chapter, ABA Annual Review of Business and Corporate Litigation 2012;
Author, "The CFPB in Review: A Healthy Dose of Enforcement and a Dash of Setting Boundaries," Banking & Financial Services Policy Report October 2013.