About Attorney Steven C. Shane

Steve Shane is proud to claim that he was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA degree. He then attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law but before graduating served in the United States Army where he received an honorable discharge. Mr. Shane passed the bars of Ohio and New York. His first job out-of law school was as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, N.Y. (Brooklyn). From there he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he began a private practice primarily as a criminal defense attorney defending major felony cases. In his first defense of a murder case in 1979 (State vs. Camper) Mr. Shane won an acquittal of the murder charge based on an insanity defense.

The 1975 case of Mueller vs. The Provident Bank was Mr. Shane’s first foray into the consumer class action field in which he and his former partner, John Rebel, sued the Provident Bank for its violation of Ohio’s Retail Installment Sales Act in failing to give a proper rebate of unearned finance charge to consumers when they prepaid their obligations. The case of Webster vs. International Harvester was another case involving Ohio’s Retail Installment Sales Act, which helped to establish that when payment in full of an obligation occurred within the first ten days of the installment period the consumer was entitled to a rebate of the unearned finance charge.

Attorney Steve Shane’s testimony before the Atomic Safety Licensing Board, among others, contributed to former CGE’s failure to obtain a license for a nuclear plant in nearby Moscow, Ohio.

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In one of the earlier reported cases involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Morris vs. Credit Bureau of Cincinnati, Mr. Shane was able to establish that a consumer’s damages consist of, not just of economic loss, but of certain intangible elements such as emotional distress and the anxietywhich typically results from the frustration one experiences from unsuccessfully trying to rid their credit file of inaccurate and false information.

Throughout almost 45 years of practice Mr. Shane has won and settled numerous  cases on behalf of consumers involving Car Dealerships, Banks, Finance Companies, Payday Lenders, Credit Reporting Agencies, Credit Furnishers and Debt Collectors for their violation of state and federal consumer laws

Due to the nature of his practice Mr. Shane practices primarily in the following federal courts:

  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Southern District of Indiana
  • Easterrn District of Michigan
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • District of Colorado

Ask Steve.