Steve Martin graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 1976 with a degree in political science and philosophy. After graduating from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1979, he began practicing law in Kentucky, focusing primarily on criminal defense and smaller civil litigation matters. After successfully defending several high profile criminal defendants in the Northern Kentucky area (including allegations of “murder for hire” and politically motivated murder), Steve was offered a position with the Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office as an Assistant Prosecutor in January of 1982.
Steve held that position until May of 1987, trying major felony cases on behalf of the citizens of Kenton County, Kentucky. In 1983, shortly after joining the Prosecutor’s office, he obtained a conviction in one of the very first cases tried in the Commonwealth of Kentucky involving allegations of sexual abuse, rape and sodomy by a family member of young children. That case, because of the life sentence imposed by the jury, was appealed immediately to the Kentucky Supreme Court. The Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed the conviction in a published opinion that served as precedential value in substantive, procedural, and evidentiary matters. Fred Pendleton v. Commonwealth of Kentucky, 685 S.W.2d 549 (Ky. 1985).
In 1987, Steve joined private practice again, continuing criminal representation and developing his more advanced civil trial practice. During the first year after his prosecutorial experience, he taught business law at Ohio College. He also incorporated and served as the first president of the Northern Kentucky Adult Reading Council, which still exists today to remedy adult illiteracy.
As a member of the firm’s Business & Corporate Practice Group, Steve handles all types of litigation matters, including personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, and insurance coverage, including bad faith. Reported cases include Bleh v. Biro Manufacturing Co., 142 Oh.App.3d 434 (Oh. Ct. App. 2001). Steve successfully defended the interpretation of the contract of insurance issued by Aetna Casualty & Surety Company to Peoples Bank & Trust involving a loss to the bank as a result of employee misconduct. Peoples Bank & Trust v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Company, 113 F.2d 629 (6th Cir. 1997). Steve also has testified in federal court concerning coverage issues and bad faith.
Steve represents multiple fire departments in the Northern Kentucky area and uses his extensive experience to assist clients with matters involving the criminal justice system.
Steve is a musician after hours, performing with various local bluegrass bands. He combines his interest in music with appearing as an on-air personality on a weekly jazz program on WOBO, 88.7 FM in Batavia, Ohio, and also as the host of an internet bluegrass music program on Worldwide Bluegrass. Steve is also general counsel for the radio station, WOBO.