Steven A. Goldfarb is a skilled and highly acclaimed trial lawyer, with nationwide experience representing companies in diverse business litigation matters, including class action defense, unfair competition/trade secrets, policyholder insurance coverage/bad faith, title insurance and escrow disputes, securities fraud and many types of contract/tort matters. In addition to his significant experience in Ohio, Steve has appeared pro hac vice as lead counsel in numerous jurisdictions across the country, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Texas, West Virginia and Washington.
For more than 13 years, Steve has led Hahn Loeser’s Title Insurance and Class Action Teams, which have successfully defeated nearly 100 consumer class actions, mostly via dispositive and certification motion practice—but also by trial. In 2012, Steve successfully tried a class action jury trial to verdict (Jackson County, MO) in which the plaintiffs sought over $211 million in punitive damages. Steve led his litigation team with an aggressive approach - admitting limited liability, but vehemently opposing plaintiffs’ damages analysis and punitive damages request. After Steve and his team made the defendant’s case during plaintiffs’ two-week case-in-chief, our client rested and was rewarded with a jury verdict that included only the acknowledged compensatory damages and zero punitive damages. In 2014, he obtained a defense verdict in a class action bench trial involving claims under California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) (Santa Clara County, CA). Notwithstanding a finding that our client’s conduct technically violated the law, Steve argued successfully that plaintiffs had not established any injury or harm necessary for an award of restitution. In 2017, Steve obtained a substantial defense arbitration award in San Diego County, CA against individual class representatives compelled to arbitrate UCL claims arising out of alleged settlement service “kickbacks” and claiming a refund of real estate commissions the plaintiffs characterized as “secret profits.” The defense judgment included an award of attorney fees in excess of $1.3 million against the individual plaintiffs.
Steve’s other trial victories include two record jury verdicts (Top 100 Verdicts by The National law Journal), both exceeding $40 million, in 2005 (Southern District of Ohio) and 2006 (Maricopa County, AZ), on behalf of companies suing their competitors and former employees in wrongful recruiting cases involving tortious interference, non-competition covenants and breaches of fiduciary duty. Steve has successfully tried many other cases to verdict, including jury trials involving business fraud, trade secrets, age discrimination, wrongful death, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases.
A well-earned reputation as a trial lawyer allows Steve to help his clients achieve significant and successful settlements. Effectively obtaining discovery necessary for trial and an ability to negotiate difficult issues and craft creative “outside-the-box” settlements provides Steve’s clients the option of obtaining the best possible outcome, whether in settlement or in trial.
Steve has been recognized for his professional achievements by several national and international legal publications. He is listed in the 2008-17 editions of Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business in the category of Commercial Litigation; the 2007-16 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® in the categories of Commercial Litigation and Litigation Banking & Finance; and the 2004-17 editions of Ohio Super Lawyers®. He is also AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics.
Steve is a leader at Hahn Loeser, having served as a Member of the firm’s Board of Directors since 1999 and as Co-Chair of the Litigation Area since 2003. Steve is also active in the Northeast Ohio community, as a Trustee of the Shaker Schools Foundation since 2009 (President in 2013-14), and a Member, since 2014, of the Board of Directors of Montefiore, a major non-profit nursing and senior care organization.
Indiana University B.A. 1982
The Ohio State University College of Law J.D. 1985
American Bar Association, Litigation Section and Franchise Forum
Ohio State Bar Association, Member
Shaker Schools Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2010 to present
Vice President, 2012-13
Montefiore, Board of Directors, 2015 to present
State of Ohio
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan