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Steven P. Goodin

Steve has been at the forefront of those battling the opioid-heroin epidemic in our region. As chair of the board of trustees for the Center for Addiction Treatment, he spearheaded a $6 million capital campaign to build a much needed new facility. As a result, more than 1,000 new detox beds are available each year for those struggling with addiction.

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The dominant feature in Steve Goodin’s office, other than Steve, is a large horizontal print of Winston Churchill, smiling slightly, cigar dangling from his right hand.

“I get a kick out of that guy. He wrecked his career three or four times, changed his party affiliation three or four times. He was a disaster in school – persistently tardy, always talking. He had a rebellious, difficult personality that worked horribly for him for ninety percent of his career. But with that other ten percent, he changed the world.”

Steve’s father was a UAW member who worked on the line at International Harvester in Springfield, Ohio, for 34 years. He worked whatever hours they’d give him. Steve’s mother stayed home. “She was the Moses. She ran the roost, and she was the one who was big on education. She taught me and my sister to read before kindergarten.”

Steve was not the easiest kid. He had a habit of challenging authority, and he wasn’t good at being told what to do. He might have had a bit of a Churchill problem. He would find himself not so much talking back, he says, as debating his teachers. He grew up in a kind of argumentative environment, one in which his family engaged in a good deal of good-natured back-and-forth on random subjects du’jour, often involving politics.

He worked a year after college as a general assignment reporter for The Springfield News-Sun, followed by a stint as an aide in the Ohio General Assembly. In 1994, he joined the Peace Corps. He served in the southern tip of Morocco, where the Sahara begins. He was a “health sanitation engineer,” meaning he dug outhouses between bouts of dysentery.

Steve had been thinking about law school for years. One summer when he was 19 or 20, he was in a three-car accident. The officer told him it wasn’t his fault, but all three drivers were cited and ordered to appear in mayor’s court. Steve represented himself.

“The other two guys had attorneys. I asked the judge, ‘Where’s the officer? Where’s my witness?’ She says, ‘You didn’t subpoena him.’ I was fined sixty bucks, and the other guys got off. I’m still pissed about that. I guess I’m working out my issues with that mayor every day when I go to work.”

After law school, Steve chose to postpone joining a firm. Instead, he honed his trial skills as an Army JAG officer and as an assistant prosecutor handling serious felony cases.

“Once you face a guy in court who’s killed someone,” he said, “it’s hard to get rattled about a case involving money.”

As an attorney, Steve is comfortable in his own skin, will not back down, doesn’t get rattled and is not afraid to go to court.

“I stay focused on the big picture. You also have to understand what the other side is trying to do. So many young attorneys I deal with understand their client’s position, but they’re blind to any holes in it. You can get stuck in your foxhole and lose sight of the larger battle around you. That won’t happen with me.”

An experienced litigator, Steve also has dedicated much of his life to public service. A veteran of the Peace Corps and the U.S. Army, Steve answered the call of duty once more when he was appointed to Cincinnati City Council in the wake of the city’s historic 2020 corruption scandal. He served with distinction, passing wide-ranging ethics reforms, a Covid-relief budget and increased funding for public safety.

A past trustee of the Southern Ohio Regional Transportation Authority and member of many high-profile non-profit boards, Steve currently serves on the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission and the USO Ohio board. He is a leader in the efforts to preserve the King Records building and tell the story of Cincinnati’s rich music heritage to the rest of the country.

His practice focuses in complex business litigation involving economic development, commercial real estate transactions and employment-related disputes. A former state and federal prosecutor, Steve assists clients in inquiries by government agencies and has extensive experience performing internal investigations. He is Graydon’s go-to litigator for criminal defense matters, probate litigation and securities fraud.