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 and then attended its Law School. Before graduating he 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 based on an insanity defense.

Early in his career Attorney Shane’s efforts while representing the Miami Valley Power Project in opposing the building of a nuclear power plant in nearby Moscow, Ohio before the Atomic Safety Licensing Board, contributed to former CGE’s failure to obtain a license.

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The 1975 case of Mueller vs. The Provident Bank was Mr. Shane’s first significant involvement in the consumer protection area in which he and his former partner 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.


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, not just of economic or financial loss, but of intangible elements such as emotional distress, humiliation as well as the anxiety which typically results from the frustration one experiences when 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 federal court system and he is admitted to 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

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