Steve is a partner in Ice Miller's litigation practice group.  Over the course of his career, Steve has advised clients how to avoid litigation and, when necessary, has represented clients in prosecution and in defense of lawsuits.  Steve has tried cases in the courts of numerous states and federal circuits.  Steve practices all manner of commercial litigation, with focuses on financial services litigation and construction litigation.

In the financial services litigation arena, Steve has represented banks, short-term lenders, mortgage servicing companies, insurers, and individuals in single-plaintiff matters and class actions, in both state and federal courts.  Those matters cover the spectrum of financial services litigation, including enforcement of loan agreements and guaranties, defense of claims for statutory violations including the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Truth in Lending Act, and disputes regarding statutory interpretation.  Steve authors Ice Miller's "Current-C" newsletter, which updates clients on current commercial, consumer, and class action litigation in the financial services industry, and is an active member of the most prominent American Bar Association Committees involving financial services litigation.  Steve also is one Ice Miller representative to the Ohio Bankers League.

In the construction litigation arena, Steve has represented owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in numerous state and federal courts.  Those litigation matters involve all manner of disputes, including construction defects, contract disputes, professional negligence, and termination disputes.  Steve also advises construction clients regarding contract formation issues.  Steve is a member of the 2014 Builders Exchange of Central Ohio's Rising Leaders Program.

Steve has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” since 2007, and by Best Lawyers of America, Litigation since 2013.
Reported and Representative Cases
Financial Services Litigation
  • Obtained early dismissal of a putative class action lawsuit in federal court against a short-term lending company, challenging the lender's right to perform services pursuant to the Ohio Mortgage Loan Act.
  • Obtained verdict for bank, denying a guarantor's claims to enjoin enforcement of a personal continuing guaranty of a commerical loan and to void the guaranty due to mistake or fraudulent inducement.
  • Prevailed on a motion to dismiss in a federal court lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act against credit card loyalty program company.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against a life insurance company, alleging false and deceptive advertising and defamation. 
  • Represented bank in lawsuit against former executive, resulting from executive's violation of non-competition agreement.
Construction Litigation
  • Represented a university in a lawsuit arising from installation of a defective artificial turf athletic field.  The favorable resolution included installation of a new, updated field.
  • Represented a hospital in a lawsuit resulting from windows that were defectively installed in a new maternity and surgical step-down wing.  The favorable resolution included reimbursement of fees and proper installation of the windows.
  • 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.
  • Represented site contractor in state and federal court lawsuits demanding insurance coverage from more than 50 insurers as an "additional insured" on its subcontractors' policies, relating to underlying litigation of alleged construction defects.
  • Defended specialty subcontractor in lawsuit resulting from the accidental collapse of a bridge shoring system. 
Other Commercial Litigation
  • Represented dairy product manufacturer in a product recall action filed in Minnesota and transferred to Florida court.  Obtained favorable resolution of multi-party action.
  • Represented a protective clothing manufacturer in a ten-day bench trial in federal court in lawsuit, in which the plaintiff charged the client with 65 separate Lanham Act false advertising and unfair competition claims. Prevailed on all claims seeking monetary relief.
  • Obtained successful injunction in favor of electronic voting machine manufacturer in lawsuit against the Ohio Secretary of State, in response to the Secretary's attempt to bar the client's sales to Ohio municipalities.  Coordinated intervention of numerous county boards of election with an interest in purchasing client's products and defended the injunction through multiple appeals.
  • Obtained trial verdict on behalf of a School District in a matter involving interpretation of a statute relating to regional water and sewer districts.
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction in favor of a human resources outsourcing company in a lawsuit against a former employee and former customer, alleging violations of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
  • Represented international automobile companies in protest matters filed with the Ohio Motor Vehicles Dealers Board and in federal court.
Firm Publications
Published In
  • Author, Ice Miller's "Current-C" Newsletter, updating clients on current commercial, consumer, and class action litigation matters.
  • 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.