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Stephen C. Fitch
Of Counsel

STEPHEN C. FITCH's practice is focused on commercial litigation. He routinely represents clients in all aspects of civil trial and appellate litigation, alternative dispute resolution and professional responsibility. Steve enjoys a reputation among his peers and his clients as one of the top litigators in Columbus. A fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Steve has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as a “go to lawyer” for “Bet-the-Company” litigation. Ohio Super Lawyers lists Steve as one of the  ‘Top 50 Columbus Super Lawyers' and one of the ‘Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers.’ Steve frequently serves as a court appointed mediator in the U.S. District Court (Southern District) and is known for his practical, creative approach to resolving disputes.

Representative Experience

  • Trial and Appellate Counsel for nonprofit wholesale municipal power supplier against international engineering and construction company in U.S. District Court seeking recovery of multimillion dollar damages resulting from termination of project to construct coal-fired power plant.
  • Lead Counsel, including argument before the United States Supreme Court, on behalf of retail natural gas suppliers in their constitutional challenge to Ohio’s taxation of natural gas sales.
  • Obtained judgment for regional alarm company against national telecommunications company after two-week trial for damages resulting from prolonged failure to provide adequate service.
  • Obtained judgment for damages and attorney fees for manufacturer of electric power controllers against competitor in civil contempt action in U.S. District Court for violation of previously entered consent decree.
  • Represented regional short-line railroad company in successfully defending decision of Ohio Rail Development Commission awarding contract for operation of state-owned rail line in two extended trials and multiple appeals over five year period.
  • Represented manufacturer of china in successfully defending breach of contract action brought by natural gas supplier in trial in U.S. District Court and subsequent appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Obtained judgment for compensatory and punitive damages for national electric equipment manufacturer against former plant manager who, along with third-party, developed a scheme to obtain fraudulent payments from company based upon falsified invoices and inventory records.
  • Represented special litigation committee of board of directors of national drug distribution company in evaluating multi-million dollar settlement of multiple shareholder derivative actions against company officers and directors.
  • Represented nonprofit wholesale municipal power supplier in litigation and multi-day mediation against issuer of contractor surety bond, resulting in settlement in excess of $2.5 million.

Achievements and Awards

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Legal Ethics and Professionalism Committee Chair (2010),
    Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, Member
  • AV Peer Review (Preeminent) Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation & Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Named “Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers” and "Top 50 Columbus Super Lawyers"
  • Listed as Ohio Super Lawyer, Business Litigation (2004 – 2017)
  • Ranked in Chambers USA, General Commercial Litigation
  • Recognized by the U.S. District Court (Southern District of Ohio) for multiple years of service as court appointed ADR mediator

Professional Memberships and Community Service

  • Columbus Bar Association, Board of Governors (1989 – 1996); President (1994 – 1995)
  • Columbus Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees (1998 – 2004); President (2003 – 2004)
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Council of Delegates (1990 – 2006)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the U.S. District Court (S.D. Ohio), past member
  • Ohio Supreme Court Rules of Practice Advisory Committee, past member

Speeches and Publications

  • Continuing Legal Education lecturer in the area of civil litigation, ethics and professionalism
  • Guest instructor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in areas of civil litigation, mediation and trial practice
  • Plaintiff Attorney, Commerce Energy, Inc. v. Levin, 554 F.3d 1094 (C.A. 6, Feb. 4, 2009), Tax Exemptions for Local Gas Distributors Challenged, summary by The Judicial View
  • Author:  "Mediation 101:  Exploring Alternative Dispute Resolution" CWS Newsletter, Vol. 2, 2011