Stephen E. Chappelear

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1 Member 10 West Broad Street One Columbus Center, Suite 2300 Columbus, Ohio T: F: Assistant Laura Kulina T PRACTICE AREAS Business Litigation Class Actions Securities and Corporate Disputes Trial Work Unfair Competition Litigation CONCENTRATIONS Appellate Construction Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Tort and Insurance Defense BAR MEMBERSHIPS Ohio EDUCATION The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 1977 The Ohio State University, B.A., 1974 Steve is the senior litigator in Frost Brown Todd's Columbus office. He has over 42 years of experience litigating and trying cases. His extensive experience includes jury trials, bench trials, appeals, arbitrations, mediations, injunction hearings, and settlement negotiations. He has an active practice in state and federal courts throughout Ohio. Steve's practice is broad ranging and involves work for both plaintiffs and defendants in business and commercial law, contract interpretation and breach, Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, lender liability, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, construction law, real estate, oil and gas, employment, patent and trademark, shareholder and partner, restrictive covenants, and trusts and estates. Steve's recent victories include a jury verdict in favor of his bank client defending a multi-million dollar fraud claim, with a recovery of attorney fees from the attorneys who brought the claim, and an arbitration award in favor of another bank client for defective construction of a new building. He obtained a judgment establishing his client's rights to real estate, followed by an award of attorney fees against the opposing parties and their counsel. Steve has studied jury trials in Franklin County for over 30 years, and has written five books and a law review article analyzing local jury trials, including high and low verdicts in different categories of cases, and average verdicts. Steve has published over 75 articles and has lectured more than 200 times to lawyers around the country on topics of trial advocacy, trial techniques, appellate advocacy, professionalism in the courtroom, and jury verdicts.

2 Steve is recognized as one of Ohio's leading business litigators. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than 25 years. He was Best Lawyers "Construction Lawyer of the Year" in 2012 for Columbus, and has been listed for many years by Best Lawyers in five categories: Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Construction; Litigation-Intellectual Property; Litigation-Employment; and Litigation-Trusts and Estates. He has been named one of the Ohio Super Lawyers every year since 2004, one of the top 50 lawyers in Columbus in , and 2018, and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio in 2018, 2017 and He holds the highest level ranking of excellence and ethics, AV-Pre-Eminent, from Martindale-Hubbell. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business included Steve in its rankings, stating that he is commended for being thorough and imaginative' in his approach." As a leader in the legal profession, Steve recently completed a term on the American Bar Association Board of Governors representing the lawyers of Ohio and Illinois. He is also a long-time member of the ABA House of Delegates and has been active in leadership positions in the ABA Section of Litigation and the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. He was one of five appointed members of the Section of Litigation Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and is now co-chair of the ABA Resource Committee. He is the ABA State Membership Chair for Ohio through He served as liaison to the Intellectual Property Law Section, the Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law, and the Forum on Communications Law. He was a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Public Education, and serves on the House of Delegates Credentials and Admissions Committee, and the Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fundraising Committee. He is one of two representatives from Ohio on the National Caucus of State Bar Associations. Steve is a former president of the Ohio State Bar Association, where he continues to serve on the Council of Delegates and the Council of the Litigation Section. He is a former chair of both the OSBA Litigation Section and the Federal Courts and Practice Committee. Steve is also a former president of the Columbus Bar Association, and remains active in the CBA Common Pleas Court, Federal Court, and Professionalism Committees, as well as the Columbus Bar Foundation, where he is a Charter Fellow. Steve has also served as president of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the National Conference of Bar Foundations. Steve is a Master of the Bench in the Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer American Inn of Court, where he is a charter member and has twice served as president. Steve received the Columbus Bar Association's highest award, the Bar Service Medal, in 2005, and the Ohio State Bar Foundation's highest award, the Ritter Award, in The Ritter Award recognizes "outstanding ethics, professionalism, and contributions to the administration of justice." In 2014, Steve received the Public Interest Law Foundation Excellence in Public Service Award for his continued commitment to public interest and the Columbus community through his pro bono legal services, and the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Community Service Award. 2

3 Steve has been active in alumni work at his alma mater. He recently completed a term on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio State University Alumni Association, and is a past vice-chair of the Board. He chaired the Philanthropy and Alumni Awards Committees, and also served on the Finance/Investment and Board Officer Nominating Committees. He is a past president of the OSU Moritz College of Law Alumni Association, and currently serves on the law school's National Council. He is Past President of the OSU Men's Varsity "O" Alumni Association, and serves on the Board of the OSU Varsity "O" Alumni Society, where he is President-elect. He is a member of the Ohio State University Athletic Council, the Ohio State University Sports & Society Initiative Board of Advisors, and the Ohio State University Alumni Advisory Council. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Service to the College Award from the OSU Social and Behavioral Sciences College, and the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the OSU College of Arts and Sciences. Highlights & Recognitions The Best Lawyers in America, (Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Labor & Employment, Litigation-Trusts & Estates); Columbus Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year", 2012 People to Know in Law, 2016, Columbus Business First Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, Ohio Super Lawyers, ; "Top 50 in Columbus," ; Top 100 in Ohio, , 2009 AV-Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Ritter Award, Ohio State Bar Foundation, 2011 Columbus Bar Service Medal, 2005 Distinguished Service Award, The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences, 2012 Public Interest Law Foundation Excellence in Public Service Award, 2014 Community Service Award, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 2014 National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Ohio Chapter, Great American, 2018 Columbus West High School Hall of Fame, 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, Marquis Who's Who, 2017 Memberships & Affiliations Ohio State Bar Association, Past President Ohio State Bar Foundation, Past President Columbus Bar Association, Past President National Conference of Bar Foundations, Past President OSU Moritz College of Law Alumni Association, Past President 3

4 Trial Techniques Committee, American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Past Chair Real Property and Probate Litigation Committee, American Bar Section of Litigation, Past Chair American Bar Association House of Delegates, Member American Bar Association Board of Governors, Past Member Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates, Member Ohio State Bar Association, Litigation Section, Past Chair Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member National Council of the OSU Moritz College of Law, Member OSU Men's Varsity "O" Alumni Association, Past President OSU Varsity "O" Alumni Society, Board Member, President-elect OSU Alumni Association, Past Board Member, Vice-Chair Ohio State University Alumni Advisory Council, Ohio State University Athletic Council Ohio State University Sports and Society Initiative Board of Advisors Ohio Oil and Gas Association FBT Publications February 19, 2019 Could recent court decisions lead to more Ohio mineral ownership debates? News October 21, 2016 People to Know: Stephen Chappelear Columbus Business First June 1, 2014 OSU recognizes attorneys pro bono work Columbus CEO March 2, 2014 Small IT company feeling burned by investor Columbus Dispatch March 1, 2014 Can We Talk? Columbus CEO December 16,

5 Cameras in the courtroom: Thoughts from Ohio judges and attorneys Columbus Business First December 6, 2013 Cash flow for court cases drying up Columbus Business First August 15, 2013 Ohio Court Filings Drop to Lowest Level in Nearly Three Decades, Report Finds Gongwer News Service Press Releases December 5, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys named to 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars Lists August 15, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 December 6, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers and 20 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars for 2018 August 15, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 June 7, 2017 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2017 Chambers USA December 2, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers and 17 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars for 2017 August 15, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 December 2, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers and 11 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars for 2016 August 17, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 May 19, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Chambers USA December 3, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers for

6 November 6, 2014 Stephen Chappelear Wins Alumni Community Service Award from Moritz College of Law November 3, 2014 Stephen Chappelear New President of OSU Men s Varsity O Alumni Association August 20, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 May 23, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Chambers USA April 1, 2014 Chappelear Receives Award for Extensive Pro Bono Work August 15, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Best Lawyers July 29, 2013 Frost Brown Todd Attorney Named to OSUAA Board of Directors June 5, 2013 Veteran Litigator Joins Frost Brown Todd s Columbus Office Non-FBT Publications And Events Speaker, "New Alumni Welcome", The Ohio State University Commencement Eve Candlelight Ceremony, May 4, Author, "Politician Had Quite The Time Parodying Daylight Savings", "Columbus Dispatch", March 9, Speaker, Trial Tactic Tips (Topic: Direct and Cross Examination of Witnesses), Ohio State Bar Association CLE Institute, Aruba, November 29, Speaker, "The Verdict: What Cinema Teaches About Direct and Cross Examination", Ohio State Bar Association, October 1, Speaker, "The Verdict: What Cinema Teaches About Direct and Cross Examination", Columbus Bar Association, May 10, Speaker, "New Alumni Welcome", The Ohio State University Commencement Eve Candlelight Ceremony, May 5, Speaker, "Practice Pointers: Expert Use of Expert Witnesses", 33rd Annual Ohio Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Seminar, Ohio State Bar Association, April 12,

7 Speaker, "Special Prosecutors and Special Counsel", Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Inn, American Inns of Court, January 10, Author, "Ring in the New Year with a Succession Plan", "Columbus Business First", January 5, Author, "Christmas, A Fine Day to Celebrate a Birthday", "Columbus Dispatch", December 23, Speaker, "Trial Tactic Tips" (Topics: Jury Selection; Strategic Objections; Direct and Cross Examination of Witnesses; Powerful Closing Arguments; Professionalism in the Courtroom), Ohio State Bar Association CLE Institute, Panama, December 3, Speaker, "A Practical Approach to Technology Core Competence: What you Don't Know Can Hurt You", Columbus Bar Association, Chester Professionalism Institute, October 27, Speaker, "Administration of Officer Oath of Office", Columbus Bar Foundation Annual Meeting, June 8, Speaker, "Emerging Law, Trade and Culture Cuba", Columbus Bar Association, May 24, Speaker, "Effective Methods of Direct and Cross Examination", Western Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 17, Speaker, "New Alumni Welcome", The Ohio State University Commencement Eve Candlelight Ceremony, May 6, Speaker, "Networking 101: Connecting, Communicating, Networking", The Ohio State University Student Alumni Council, February 23, Speaker, "Welcome To New Alumni", The Ohio State University Autumn Commencement, December 18, Speaker, "Trial Tactic Tips" (Topics: Jury Selection; Strategic Objections; Business Divorce; Powerful Closing Arguments; Professionalism in the Courtroom), Ohio State Bar Association CLE Institute, Turks and Caicos, December 1, Speaker, "Cross Examination Demonstration", Electronic Interactive Trial Advocacy Training, Ohio State Bar Association, August 29, Speaker, "Mantoring: Effective Mentoring of Women Attorneys;" Ohio State Bar Association: Women in the Profession Section, January 29, Speaker, "Professionalism in the Practice of Law," Licking County Bar Association, December 11,

8 Speaker, "Trial Tactic Tips" (Topics: Jury Selection; Strategic Objections; Oil and Gas Litigation; Specialized Courts; Powerful Closing Arguments; Professionalism in the Courtroom), Ohio State Bar Association CLE Institute, St. Maarten, December 3, Speaker, "Dealing with Difficult Opposing Counsel," Columbus Bar Association, Chester Professionalism Institute, Columbus, Ohio, October 30, Speaker, "Professionalism in the Practice of Law," Miami County Bar Association, October 1, Speaker, "Effective Presentation Techniques," Ohio State Bar Association, March 24, Speaker, "The Billable Hour and the Future of Legal Fees", Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy, "Significant Issues Facing the Legal Profession", March 18, Speaker, "Strategic Trial Advocacy," Columbus Bar Association, March 13, Speaker, "Professionalism in the Practice of Law," Licking County Bar Association, December 19, Speaker, "Trial Tactic Tips" (Topics: Jury Selection; Strategic Objections; Oil and Gas Litigation; Trust and Estate Fiduciary Litigation; Business Divorce; Powerful Closing Arguments; Professionalism in the Courtroom), Ohio State Bar Association CLE Institute, St. John, December 4, Speaker, "Best Practices for Beginning Attorneys," Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, October 23, Speaker, "Community Service Award Presentation," Ohio State Bar Foundation, Ohio State Bar Association District 7 Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio, March 14, Speaker, "Show Me the Money! College Athletes and the Right of Publicity," Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Inn, American Inns of Court, March 12, Speaker, "Hall of Fame Induction: Jim Houston," OSU Army ROTC Alumni Society Annual Meeting, February 27, Speaker, "Leadership: Skills, Styles, and Traits," Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy, February 21, Speaker, "Trial Tactic Tips" (Topics: Jury Selection; Strategic Objections; Powerful Closing Arguments; Expert Use of Expert Witnesses; Specialized Courts; Jury Instructions; Professionalism in the Courtroom), Ohio State Bar Association CLE Institute, Dominican Republic, December 5,

9 Author, "From the Mouths of Jurors." Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly (Summer 2013): Speaker, "Leadership: Skills, Styles, and Traits", Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy, February 28, Speaker, "You Make the Call: Objections and the Rules of Evidence", Evidence Workshop, Ohio Attorney General's Office, December 7,