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Darlington, Stephen M.
925 Euclid Avenue Suite 2020 Cleveland, OH
Phone: (216) 586-5501 / (866) 958-9621
Fax: (216) 781-0714


Current Employment Position(s)



  • English

Lawyer Overview

Steve joined Ziegler, Metzger & Miller in 1971 after spending 3 1/2 years as an agent with the FBI. He became a partner in 1971 and served as the Managing Partner from 1991-1995. He specializes in Creditor's Rights matters and represents commercial lending institutions in commercial workouts, including foreclosures and bankruptcy matters. He also represents over nine hundred creditor grantors or their agents in commercial and retail litigation related activities. He was selected as a Super Lawyer in Ohio by bis peers in 2007-2008.

Steve has served as president of the Cleveland Athletic Club, Chairman of the Society of Former FBI Agents, Cleveland Chapter, Deacon and Trustee of Bay Presbyterian Church, Director and legal counsel for the Cleveland Jaycees, and is a former member of Westwood Country Club where he belonged for 27 years. He also chaired the Moot Court Board at Case Western Reserve University.

During Steve's service as an FBI agent in Memphis, Tennessee, he worked on the Dr. Martin Luther King case and received a Letter of Commendation from Director J. Edgar Hoover for his investigative work on that case.

Steve and his wife, Barbara, have been married since 1967 and reside in Bay Village, Ohio. They have four children and seven grandchildren, all of whom reside in Denver, Colorado.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation 100%
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Clients

  • Huntington National Bank
  • Dollar Bank
  • Western Reserve Bank
  • Delage Landen

West Practice Categories

Commercial Banks, Foreclosure & Alternatives, Lending & Secured Transactions, Loan Workouts, Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights, Reorganizations & Restructuring, Workouts, Debtor/Creditor, Secured Transactions, Uniform Commercial Code, Closely Held Businesses, Formation & Business Planning, Collections, Employee Rights -- Employer, Employment Contracts -- Employer, Employment Discrimination -- Employer, Sexual Harassment -- Employer, Wrongful Termination -- Employer


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Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1967
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1971


  • Creditors' Rights Specialist, American Board of Certification, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Commercial Law League of America, 1985 - Present
  • Cleveland Bar Association, 1971 - Present
  • National Association of Retail Collection Attorney, 2003 - Present
  • International Association Commercial Collectors, 1971 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Society Former FBI Agents, Cleveland Chapter, 1971 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer 2007, 2007 - 2008

Classes and Seminars

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act, Ohio State Bar, 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • Tutor Luis Munoz Marin Grade & Middle School, 2008 - 2009
  • Tutor Kentucky Elementary School, 2000 - 2006

Past Employment Positions

  • Federal Bureau Investigation, Special Agent, 1967 - 1970


  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio, 1967
    Honors: Chairman of the Moot Court Board
  • Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 1964
    Major: Government


  • Delta Upsilon


  • Huntington NATL Bank
  • Dollar Bank
  • Western Reserve Bank
  • Receivables Management Services