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Stephen Grant Whetstone

Insurance Attorney at Thornville, OH

5.0   32 reviews

also known as Steve Whetstone

  • Licensed for 12 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Insurance
    66%
    Representing Ohio property insurance policyholders on disputed hail, wind, water, and fire claims. Protecting Ohioans from unfair insurance practices through litigating bad faith claims on the policyholders' side.

    11 years

  2. Business
    10%

    10 years

  3. Litigation
    10%

    12 years

  4. Class action
    5%

    8 years

  5. Personal injury
    4%

    12 years

  6. Consumer protection
    3%

    10 years

  7. Estate planning
    2%

    9 years

Attorney focused on insurance law and restoration, protecting consumers and advising small businesses.

Highly motivated individual with a stellar academic record and experience at two AV rated Central Ohio law firms. Recognized for hard work and dedication as Capital Law's 2011 valedictorian, with numerous scholarships and 14 CALI awards (given to the student with the highest grade in a course). Possesses high-level legal research and writing skills and experience coupled with an ability to be a zealous advocate for clients. Results driven, detail oriented, persistent, punctual, efficient, and empathetic attorney with an honest desire to help others.

 

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Location

Whetstone Legal, LLC
2 N. Main St., Unit 2
Post Office Box 6
Thornville, OH, 43076

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Scott | February 2, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great to work with, clear expectations.
Steve was excellent to work with, would recommend working with them in the future.
Posted by Jon | June 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Firm letter of support
Mr. Whetstone and his firm did an outstanding job representing The Woods On Wilkens condominium association in our case with Feazel roofing company. We we very please with the ongoing communication and results. We would recommend them them with no hesitation. Jon Quatman President of the Board
Posted by Melody | May 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Is there for you
When my roof was blown off by a windstorm. The insurance refused to pay. Steve stepped in and took care things. If I had questions he would answer them.
Posted by Tim Larimer | December 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Roof claim
This attorney know Ohio roofing law and will get your claim paid for. My insurance wanted to give me $460 for my roof and he got me over $28,000.
Posted by Mary Donofrio | September 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Well please with the service provided
Thanks, for all your work to get insurance companies to pay fairly the cost of laborers on insurance claims. I appreciate you standing up for the lay person against the tyranny of the oppressive insurance companies.
Posted by John | September 10, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Storm damage
Had some issues with my home insurance company not wanted to cover damage done to my home by a severe storm that damaged several homes. Consulted with Stephen whetstone, & the situation was taken care of very quickly. Very very satisfied.
Posted by Anthony | August 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very efficient and responsive
I highly recommend Attny. Whetstone. Without his help, I would probably still be arguing with my home insurance and never gotten my roof replaced.
Posted by Ram | November 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
He followed he claim till it is resolved.Kept the communication.We are very pleased with end results. We recommend him .
Posted by Ann | November 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wind damaged siding
Did a wonderful job representing us on our siding replacement. Got our settlement fast.
Posted by Genesis | August 31, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Insurance Claim
Whetstone Legal was wonderful to work with. I appreciate the time Steve took to explain everything, his thoroughness and winning outcome. The insurance company that initially refused the claim ended covering in full, thanks to his expertise and determination.
Posted by Daniel | January 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Impressed
Steve and Whetstone Legal are very professional, meet deadlines and provide an outstanding service. I will definitely be hiring this firm in the future and will be recommending them. Thank you!
Posted by Mark | January 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive Results
I would highly recommend his services. Very thorough and easy to communicate with. Insurance company denied roofing claim initially. Positive outcome in my case, his knowledge is invaluable.
Posted by Dennis | November 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Mr. Whetstone made the process extremely easy. He explained to me clearly what I needed to provide - other than periodic updates, I did not have a lot to do until the matter was satisfactorily resolved. He took our case as well as the heavy work load off our shoulders.
Posted by Phillip | October 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic attorney
I filed an insurance claim for roofing damage due to wind/hail. My insurance company declined coverage. I was given Stephens name by one of the roofers as a last resort. Wow! From the very beginning his knowledge of the insurance and roofing industries was exemplary. He was professional and personable throughout the whole process. He was able to negotiate an entire new roof for me-completely covered by insurance! Amazing. I then used Cap City Roofing to apply the new roof. They too were professional and fully committed to providing me 5 star service. All I can say is thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing service!!!
We are truly so thankful for how Mr. Whetstone was able to help us with the entire process of negotiating with our insurance regarding our roof. He was very kind, professional, prompt and helpful. He explain everything to us in ways we would understand. He was in contact often to keep us updated. He worked very well with the roofing company, Cap City Restoration. We highly recommend him to anyone needing this type of assistance!!
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Posted by Liz | September 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick and Painless
We were referred to Steve when we weren't getting the response from our insurance company that they should have been giving. I sent him all of our info, then literally went hands of from there. He handled everything and updated us throughout the process. Our siding will go up in October and it was literally quick and painless.
Posted by Diane | August 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Insurance issue resolved
The insurance company for our business had refused for years to pay for storm related damage. Steve was able to negotiate an agreement quickly and to our satisfaction. He is very professional and prompt to communicate.
Posted by Sue | August 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Miss
Steve took wonderful care of my concerns with my insurance company and what was heading for a negative outcome turned around rather timely
Posted by Judy | May 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful results
Stephen Whetstone handled a dispute with our homeowner's insurance company and was able to secure the payment in full that our roofing contractor estimated our roof to cost. Throughout the process, Stephen did a nice job of keeping us informed as to the progress, or lack of progress he was making. In the end, we did not have to go to court and we are thrilled with the payment he was able to secure. He demonstrated professionalism and we really appreciated that he did not pressure us into further litigation, although that would have been possible. We would definitely used him again!
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Posted by David | May 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smith property
Steve is a wonderful person as well as being a personable lawyer. He successfully completed our insurance claim on siding and roofing. Instead of repairs, we are receiving a new roof/siding replacement. Great to meet in person. He is diligent in starting and finishing claim. If you need a lawyer he’s your man. Thanks Steve!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-200 per hour
  • Contingency 15%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney & Owner
  • Whetstone Legal, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler LLP
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Litigation Attorney
  • Kitrick, Lewis & Harris Co., L.P.A.
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Full Time Law Clerk
  • Kitrick Lewis & Harris Co., L.P.A.
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Research Assistant for Professor Jeff Snapp
  • Capital University Law School
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Law Clerk to Judge Michael Higgins
  • Licking County Municipal Court
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Research Assistant for Professor Michael Rich
  • Capital University Law School
  • 2009 - 2009
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Education

  • Capital University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Otterbein College
  • Bachelor's of Arts
  • 2008

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ryan Schulte, et al. v. Liberty Insurance Corp., et al. - Case No. 3:19-cv-00026
  • Multi-million dollar settlement
  • Hail Damage Claim: Hayden Run Condo Association, Franklin County, Ohio
  • $1.25 Million Dollar Claim Increase/Settlement
  • Mahoning County Common Pleas Case No.: 2017 CV 00129
  • Confidential Settlement
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Associations

  • American Policyholders' Association
  • Professional Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Ohio Roofing Contractors Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Windstorm Insurance Network
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Insurance Lawyer of the Year - Ohio
  • AI Global Media
  • 2023
  • Top 100: Civil Plaintiff
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Top 10 Insurance Bad Faith Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top 40 Under 40: Civil Plaintiff
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Leading Property Insurance Lawyer of the Year, Ohio
  • Acquisition International
  • 2021
  • Top 10 Insurance Bad Faith Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star: Insurance Coverage Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2021
  • Property Insurance Law Firm of Year: Ohio
  • Lawyer Monthly
  • 2021
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Lifetime Membership
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2018
  • Law Firm 500 Award: Fastest Growing Law Firms in the U.S., #22
  • Law Firm 500
  • 2018
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2018
  • Lifetime Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2018
  • Order of the Curia
  • Capital University Law School
  • 2011
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Administrative Law
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2011
  • Valedictorian
  • Capital University Law School
  • 2011
  • Juris Doctorate, Summa Cum Laude
  • Capital University Law School
  • 2011
  • CALI Award - Workers Unemployment Compensation
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2010
  • CALI Award - Professional Responsibility
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2010
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Legal Drafting Practicum
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2010
  • CALI Award - Secured Transactions
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2009
  • CALI Award - Mediation
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2009
  • CALI Award - Legal Writing II
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2009
  • CALI Award - Federal Personal Income Tax
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2009
  • CALI Award - Constitutional Law I
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2009
  • CALI Award - Constitutional Law II
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2009
  • CALI Award - Civil Procedure: Jurisdiction
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2009
  • CALI Award - Business Associations 1
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2009
  • Community Volunteer of the Year
  • Southeastern Correctional Facility
  • 2009
  • CALI Award - Property I
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2008
  • CALI Award - Criminal Law
  • The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Ohio Trial Magazine
  • Co-author, Inaccurate Medical: Ramifications and Remedies
  • 2012
  • Capital University Law Review
  • Note, Changing Ohio's Snitch Code: Require a Conviction in the Leniency for Informant Work Exchange
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (31)
Endorse Stephen
Insurance Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Other
"Stephen has a wealth of knowledge on insurance matters and when I have an insurance question regarding Ohio laws and interpretations of insurance coverage, he is the person I call. I highly recommend him."
Insurance Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is good man and a good lawyer. I highly recommend him."
Insurance Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Other
"I went to law school with Stephen, where he was our class valedictorian. I have always known him to be professional and courteous. We happily refer clients to him. I endorse Stephen!"
Insurance Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is a wealth of knowledge in the area of property insurance coverage litigation. He truly understands the ins and outs."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the most intelligent attorneys I have had the pleasure to associate with. Truly stands out in a crowd. I endorse this lawyer."
Insurance Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen has a passion for helping people. He cares about his clients and is always seeking to become better at his craft even though he has already more than mastered most of the areas in his practice. I endorse this lawyer."
Insurance Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen and I have conferred on a number of matters and it is overwhelmingly apparent that he is the kind of counselor that anyone in need should seek out. He is knowledgeable, smart, and also the kind of person you like to interact with."
Insurance Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. He always puts his clients first."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and professional. He takes his time to explain complex litigation issues. All around great guy!"
Unknown Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is an a bright, personable, and very capable attorney. He practices law at a higher caliber than others in the community. Because of these qualities, I highly endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Stephen is a diligent, smart attorney. He has an impressive understanding of insurance law; I would not hesitate to refer a client to Steve because I know he would provide excellent legal representation."
Insurance Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve is an excellent attorney. He is client focused and surgical in his strategies. Steve's professionalism is top notch; as such, he is well respected by his peers."
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