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Steve earned a BA in Communications from The Ohio State University in 1971. He began his career as an account executive at Herberich Hall Harter in Akron in 1972. His initial training was at the Insurance Company of North America agents’ school in Philadelphia, subsequent training includes several CPCU parts as well as on-going seminars and courses. He has taught Insurance and Risk Management (Finance 640) at the University of Akron.

When Marsh and McLennan purchased Herberich Hall Harter in 1975, Steve joined the Commercial Property & Casualty Staff of Marsh and McLennan, where he was responsible for large commercial accounts as assigned by management. Steve became part owner of Evans Insurance Agency in 1981 when the former owner retired. His relevant job experience includes multi-state accounts involved in complex business transactions. Responsibilities included exposure analysis and in-depth risk and coverage consultation as well as coverage and program design.

Steve co-founded North American Safety and Preservation Associates in 2005.

Case History

Firm: Buckingham, Doolittle & Borroughs
Contact: David P. Bertsch, 3800 Embassy Parkway, Suite 300, Akron, OH 44333
Client: Infocision, Inc.
Summary: Multi-location employer was the plaintiff in a complaint alleging breach of duty because their agent did not place necessary auto coverage. Case transferred to Brouse McDowell in 2012.

Firm: Bernlohr, Neikamp & Weisensell, LLP
Contact: Steve Mastrantonio/Rami Awadallah, 23 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44313
Client: Four Points Architectural Services, Inc.
Services: Consulting Report and Deposition
Summary: Client alleged breach of duty by agent resulting from inadequate coverage on a large outdoor sign. Case settled favorably 2/28/12.

Firm: Scott Elliot Smith, LPA
Contact: Scott E. Smith, 5003 Horizons Drive, Suite 200, Columbus OH 43220
Services: Document Review, Client Interview, Consulting, and Affidavit
Client: A Sport Carriers, LLC
Summary: Motor truck carrier alleged breach by agent in failure to advise and plan proper cargo coverage. File closed 3/7/11.

Firm: Roetzel & Andress Co
Contact: Ryan Kennedy, 222 South Main Street, Akron, OH 44308
Services: Document Review and consulting
Client: Mirk, Inc.
Summary: Plaintiff work for a crane rental firm. Client alleged that insurance agent for a rental customer failed to procure proper insurance as required by the rental agreement and issued an invalid certificate of insurance. Case settled 5/29/10.

Firm: Brouse McDowell & Co.
Contact: Paul A. Rose, Esquire, 388 Main St. #500, Akron, OH 44308
Summary: Expert witness report and testimony for Page Wymore Properties. Case settled favorably on 2/8/07.

Firm: Wegmen Hessler & Vanderburg
Contact: Lesley A. Weigand, Esquire; 6055 Rockside Road, Cleveland, OH 44131
Client: A. Nosek & Sons, LLC
Summary: Defense work consisting of consulting and report. Client was an active part owner of a family owned business was alleged to have breach her duty for proper management in as much as she did not purchase flood insurance on the business’ property. Case dropped 3/29/07.

Firm: Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Contact: Charles A. Bowers, 200 Public Square Suite 3500, Cleveland, OH 4414
Client: Quality Control Inspection
Services: Document Review, Client Interview, Expert Report, Affidavit and Deposition
Summary: Plaintiff work for a business owner alleging that agent did not adequately identify and insure intangible property risk.

Firm: Inscore, Rinehardt, Whitney, and Enderle
Contact: Michael Inscore, 13 Park Ave West, Mansfield, OH 44902
Summary: Consultation and testimony for plaintiff on agent duty in an alleged breach of duty for failure to provide Underinsured Motorist coverage on a motorcycle policy.

Firm: Brouse, McDowell & Co
Contact: Paul A. Rose, 388 S. Main St. #500, Akron, OH 44308
Summary: Emersion Power Transmission vs. The Insurance Exchange. Performed consultation and testimony for the plaintiff on agent duty to provide accurate information on a certificate of insurance. Case settled before trial.

Firm: Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co, LPA
Contact: Jason R. Deschler, Esq. 175 S. Third Street, Suite 1000, Columbus, OH 43215
Summary: RKE, Inc. dba Galaxy Food Center v. Schultheis Insurance Agency, et al. Consulting and testimony for defense council in agent breach of duty case.

Case History

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Firm: Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC
Contact: R. Christopher Yingling, Landmark Office Towers, Republic Building, Suite 1400, 25 West Prospect Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115
  • Phoenix Tech International, Inc. v. Timothy Jolly Insurance Agency, Inc.
    Defense of a breach of duty case involving uninsured property concealed in a parked trailer.
    Services: Defense of a breach of duty case involving uninsured property concealed in a parked trailer.
    Result: Case settled favorably.
  • North Bay Real estate, Inc. v. 1st Mercury Insurance Company, et al.
    Detail involved the defense of a claim of underinsurance and the application of a coinsurance penalty at the time of the loss.
    Services: Case Documents Review with deposition and expert witness report.
    Result: Case settled favorably.
  • Belmont Confections, Inc. v. Peter J Zikos Agency, LLC et al.
    Claim involved defense to a failure to provide adequate Insurance for product recall claim.
    Services: Case Documents Review and deposition with an expert witness report provided.
    Result: Case settled favorably.
  • Ronald Creatore v. The Assurance Company of America v. First Place Agency
    Services: Case Documents Review.
    Result: Pending

Firm: Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC
Contact: Nicholas J. Dertouzos, Esq., Landmark Office Towers Republic Building, Suite 1400, 25 West Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

  • Gregory Green et al. v. The Corning Group
    Case involved the defense of an agency in a claim for uninsured property.
    Services: Case documents reviewed, deposition and expert witness
    Result: Case settled favorably.
  • Cleaners Production Corp., et al. v. Maryland Casualty Co., et al.
    This case involved defense of an agency in a vacancy coverage denial situation.
    Services: Case documents reviewed, deposition and expert witness report.
    Result: Case settled favorably.

Firm: Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC
Contact: Mr. Richard Witkowski, Landmark Office Towers Republic Building, Suite 1400, 25 West Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

  • Chemtron Corp. v. The Fideli Group, Inc.
    Case involved the defense of an agency in a failure to provide adequate insurance claim involving a product recall loss.
    Services: Case documents review, deposition and expert witness report.
    Result: Case settled favorably.

Firm: Staff Counsel of the Cincinnati Insurance Co.
Contact: Mr. Dennis G. Rehor, 55 Public Square, Suite 930, Cleveland, OH 44113

  • Bracken & Assoc., LLC et al. v. Homestead Systems et al.
    Services: Provided plaintiff expert witness in a claim for failure to report a loss.
    Result: Case settled favorably.