Steven E. Miller




From Grove City, Ohio, Steve Miller started at Crabbe, Brown & James in 1997. Steve has concentrated his practice in the areas of commercial transactions, commercial real estate leasing and sales, employment law, corporate law, and federal trademark law. He has appeared before several state and federal courts throughout the State of Ohio as well as various administrative agencies.

Steve represents clients in a wide range of complex and intricate matters. His expertise in employment law includes advising employers on policies, discipline and termination, wage and hour issues, employment contracts and employment litigation involving Title VII and state law claims. His knowledge of general corporate law has proven essential in negotiating and drafting asset and stock purchase agreements; assisting in mergers and acquisitions of small and medium size companies; and representing lenders and borrowers including public finance.

Steve’s extensive litigation experience stems from serving as outside general counsel to several companies located in the central Ohio area. He has successfully defended various claims, including discrimination, before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as successfully mediated wrongful termination and retaliation claims. At the same time, Steve also has immense transactional experience where he handles dozens of multi-million-dollar transactions annually involving the sale or purchase of assets or stock of privately held companies. Recently, Steve represented the State of Ohio in the public financing of the Columbus Crew’s soccer stadium.

Professional Experience

Crabbe, Brown & James – Partner
Crabbe, Brown & James – Associate
Ashland Chemical, Office of General Counsel – Summer Associate

  • Civil Division (Tax) – 1996-1997
  • Prosecution Department – 1990-1994

Professional Accomplishments

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

  • Youth soccer, basketball, football, and baseball coach

Board Member of Grove City Kids Association

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio
United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Notable Publications, Significant Cases & Seminars


Secured injunction in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in favor Capital City Mechanical, Inc. to enforce a non-competition provision in an employee contract. (CCM v. Bartoe, Case No. 21CV002482).

Secured injunction in favor of medical marijuana dispensary in Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas to enforce the Lease Agreement between the parties. (Quest Wellness Ohio LLC, v. Yolanta Samuels, Case No. 21-CV-01346).

Obtained favorable settlement for an optometry business against a claim of wrongful termination of an employee in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Obtained a jury verdict in excess of $1.58 million dollars in a breach of contract, fraud, and unjust enrichment case litigated in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

See More Notable Publications, Significant Cases & Seminars

Appointed Special Master by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to oversee $10 million sale of shopping center in Steubenville, Ohio

Appointed Special Master by Franklin County Probate Court to oversee disposition of trust assets in excess of $1.9 billion


Capital University Law School, Juris Doctor, 1996
Ohio Dominican University, B.A. Political Science, 1992