Stephen  Whetstone

Whetstone Legal, LLC
The National Trial Lawyers Civil Plaintiff - Top 40 Under 40 Insurance Bad Faith - Top 10
Whetstone Legal, LLC
PO Box 6
ThornvilleOH 43076
(740) 785-7730
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Attorney Steve Whetstone grew up in Thornville, Ohio. His family has been serving the medical needs of Thornville and Millersport residents for decades. His grandparents founded Whetstone Medical Clinic over 50 years ago. And his father, Dave, has been the owner and operator of the Thornville Pharmacy for over 30 years. As a result, Steve grew up seeing first hand how to best serve clients "where everybody knows everybody."

"Helping people solve problems for a living has been such a blessing." -Steve

Steve did his undergraduate work at Columbus State Community College and Otterbein University. He attended the Capital University Law School and graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Steve was Capital's valedictorian and was honored to speak at the graduation ceremony. Shortly thereafter, Steve aced the bar exam, scoring in the top 1% state-wide. Steve is a dedicated family man who loves to help others and enjoys volunteering within the alcoholism and addiction recovery community.

2006

Received Associate Degree from Columbus State Community College, Summa Cum Laude

2008

Received Bachelor’s Degree from Otterbein College, Magna Cum Laude

2009

Started Position as Research Assistant for Criminal Law Department at Capital University Law School

2010

Started Position as Research Assistant for Legal Writing Department at Capital University Law School

2011

Received Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School, Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude

2011

Started Position as Law Clerk and then Associate Attorney at AV Rated Plaintiff’s Litigation Firm in Columbus, OH

2012

Passed the Ohio Bar Examination in the Top 1%

2013

Formed Whetstone Legal, LLC in Pickerington, OH

2013

Certified by Haag Engineering as an HCI Residential Roof Inspector

2014

Started Position as Associate Attorney at AV Rated General Practice Firm in Columbus, OH

2014

Certified by Haag Engineering as an HCI Commercial Roof Inspector

2015

Licensed in the Federal District Court, Southern District, OH

2016

Moved Whetstone Legal, LLC to Thornville, OH

2016

Certified by Windstorm Insurance Network as a WIND CERTIFIED UMPIRE

2016

Certified by Windstorm Insurance Network as a WIND CERTIFIED APPRAISER

2017

Licensed in the Federal District Court, Northern District, OH

2018

Became an Associate Member of the Ohio Roofing Contractors’ Association

2018

Named Top 40 Under 40 for Plaintiff’s Litigation by the National Trial Lawyers

2018

Became a life-time member of the Multimillion Dollar Advocate’s Forum recognizing only The Top Trial Lawyers in America

2019

Nominated for the Attorney Panel consisting of the Top Industry Attorneys at the 2019 Win The Storm Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Practice Areas

Insurance Law

Coverage Issues, Denied Claims, Bad Faith Litigation, Class Actions, Storm Damage (Wind & Hail Claims), Fire and Water Insurance Claims, Ohio Insurance Umpire, Ohio Insurance Appraisal, & Consulting.

Hail Damage Claims

Denied Ohio hail damage claims. Underpaid hail damage claims. Misapplied engineering standards. Biased reports. Battle of the experts. Reasonably comparable appearance issues in making repairs.

Wind Damage Claims

Denied Ohio wind damage claims. Insurance company wants to patchwork repair roof. Underpaid wind damage claims. Battle of the experts. Reasonably comparable appearance issues in making repairs. Roof not repairable.

Property Insurance Umpire

Disagreements over the amount of loss. Electable Ohio insurance appraisal umpire. Underpaid claims. Lowball offers by the insurer. Patchwork repair versus replacement. Valuation issues.

Ohio Insurance Appraisals

Disagreements over the amount of loss. Can’t agree on price or scope. Alternative dispute resolution in Ohio property insurance policies. Lawsuits aren’t always the answer.

Restoration Contractors

Small business. Contract review. Regulatory compliance. Business litigation. Turning around your customer’s problematic Ohio property insurance claims. Consulting. Umpire services.

Personal Injury

Car accidents. Slip and falls. Assault and battery. Dog bites. Injuries caused by the negligence of others.

Estate Planning

Wills. Living wills. Healthcare power of attorney. General power of attorney. Appointment of representative for funeral purposes. Transfer on death deeds.

Other Services

General practice. General litigation. Contract review. Landlord tenant disputes. Serve as co-counsel on workers’ compensation, social security disability claims, civil rights cases and class actions.

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