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Stephen V. Cheatham

 
cheatham@buckleyking.com

Cleveland: 216.685.4743

 

“Being entrusted with finding solutions is a role we thrive in.”

Legal Leaders

Top Rated Lawyers

-ALM

Identifying with the challenges in-house counsel face, Steve strikes a balance between cost-control and reaching client objectives.

Steve's career has focused on the banking and financial services sector, with an emphasis on real estate and commercial litigation. Having last served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel to New York Community Bank in its Contracts and Corporate Governance division, Steve understands the value of managing risks and achieving results in a proficient and cost-effective manner.

As Of Counsel to Buckley King, Steve negotiates contracts, real property leases and amendments, and reviews estoppel certificates and attornment and non-disturbance agreements involving real property leased from third party landlords. In addition, he litigates matters involving Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code and foreclosures of commercial and residential real property.  His recognitions include being named among the one of the Top Lawyers of Cleveland.

when skill matters

  • Successfully defended class action involving the Truth in Lending Act and proper consumer disclosures in the U.S. District Court, and affirmed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Obtained jury verdict for $6.2 million in breach of contract claim.
  • Prosecuted of foreclosure actions, fraud, negligence, and breaches of contracts.
  • Counsel financial institutions in dispute resolutions regarding commercial paper, deposits and collections pursuant to Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

distinctions + awards

  • Cleveland's Top Rated Lawyers
  • AV-Preeminent Rated - Martindale-Hubbell

professional associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

education

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.

Yale University, B.A.

admissions

Ohio

U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court - Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan