Stephen V. Freeze, a native of Dayton, Ohio, is a founding shareholder at the law
firm of Freund, Freeze & Arnold, started in 1984. Freund, Freeze & Arnold is
a litigation firm with offices in Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Ohio and Northern
Kentucky. Steve's practice focus includes the areas of bad faith, business litigation,
construction and employment law, insurance and related defense, intentional torts,
legal malpractice and nursing home defense, premises and products liability as well
as school law.
Steve graduated as the class valedictorian with an undergraduate degree in Economics
from Saint Joseph’s College, continuing on to law school at Case Western Reserve
University. He is a member of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA),
where he served as president from 2005-2006. In the fall of 2013, Steve received
the Distinguished Contributions to the Profession Award from the OACTA. Steve continues
to be a member of the Ohio Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He
holds membership in the Dayton Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.
Steve was named as an Ohio "Super Lawyer" for the years 2005 through 2013, a list
jointly prepared by Law & Politics and Cincinnati Magazines. He
was also named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for the years 2006 through
Born and raised in Dayton, Steve continues to be devoted to the Dayton community.
He enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 grown children, and community activities.
He was the Volunteer Chair for the Great TV Auction of Think TV in 2010 and 2011.
He was the Volunteer Chair in Dayton for the American Heart Association Heart Walk
in 2010 and continues to participate in and assist in fundraising efforts for ongoing
Heart Walk events.
Steve recently accepted the firm's recognition for 2011 Governor's Award for Business
Support of the Arts, the first law firm to receive the distinction. In 2013 Steve
was appointed by the Ohio House of Representatives to serve on the Ohio Broadcast
Educational Media Commission.
Steve can also be seen at University of Dayton Flyer basketball games or rooting
for his favorite football teams, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns. For
relaxation and recreation, jogging is Steve's favorite thing to do.
- Case Western Reserve
University School of Law
- Saint Joseph’s College
(B.Sc., Economics, 1971
Class Valedictorian and
summa cum laude)
- U.S. District Court,
Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court,
Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. Court of Appeals,
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Ohio Super Lawyer, 2005-13
- Best Lawyers in America, 2006-14
- LawDragon Magazine Top 3000 Lawyers, 2011
- Golden Gavel Award, Westfield Companies, 2011
- 2013 OACTA Distinguished Contributions to the Profession Award
- Martindale Hubbell, AV rating
- Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
(President, 2005 - 2006)
- Dayton Bar Association
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Ohio Broadcast Educational Media Commission