Steven R. Smith

STEVEN R. SMITH is a partner devoting his time to business litigation, with a concentration on representing policyholders in insurance coverage matters. He has asserted claims for coverage under commercial general liability, property, directors and officers, legal malpractice and business interruption policies. He has obtained coverage for numerous clients, even when insurance companies first denied coverage. He has litigated insurance coverage issues, negotiated settlements with insurance companies for claims, and conducted coverage reviews for clients facing liability claims from third parties in both state and federal court. He has briefed and argued cases in the Ohio Supreme Court.

Mr. Smith is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in insurance coverage law. He is one of only 17 lawyers in Ohio who have received this certification.
Click here to view more Mr. Smith has also tried and prosecuted appeals of lawsuits involving construction, securities, lender liability, and shareholder disputes. He has defended directors and officers against regulatory agencies.

Mr. Smith is an honors graduate of Miami University and the University of Toledo College of Law, and also earned a Masters degree from The Ohio State University. He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1980. Mr. Smith is a member of the Toledo, Ohio State, Federal, and American Bar Associations and is a Fellow of the Ohio and Toledo Bar Foundations. He is also a member of the Toledo Women’s Bar Association. He served as a Trustee of the Toledo Bar Association from 1997 to 2006, was President of the Toledo Bar Association for the term commencing in 2004, and served as President of the Toledo Bar Association Foundation. Mr. Smith has been President of the Toledo Junior Bar and Chair of numerous bar association committees. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and has served as a lecturer for the Toledo and Ohio State Bar Associations, the Ohio Legal Center Institute, the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.

As of January 1, 2014, Mr. Smith was one of fourteen lawyers to be certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in insurance coverage law. To receive this certification, lawyers must have extensive work experience with insurance coverage matters, obtain references from colleagues or judges, attend intermediate and advanced CLE coursework, and pass an examination. 2014 was the first year such certification was awarded.