- The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2007, cum laude
- Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, managing editor, 2006-2007
- Cleveland State University, M.A.,Labor Relations and Human Resources, 2001
- John Carroll University, B.A., 2000, cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Natalia is a partner in the Vorys Cleveland office and a member of the litigation group, where her practice is focused on business litigation and Vorys eControl. She has represented clients in a wide range of complex commercial matters, including in the areas of M&A shareholder derivative litigation, patent infringement, commercial contract disputes, business torts, consumer lending and lender liability, employee departures, insurance-related disputes, franchise litigation, ERISA and employee benefits, directors’ and officers’ liability, construction, and products liability.
As part of the Vorys eControl team, Natalia counsels businesses on issues related to e-commerce and online brand protection, combatting illegal online sales and developing legal claims against unauthorized online sellers.
Career highlights include:
- Defending a financial institution in a 9-day jury trial which resulted in a nominal verdict, where the potential exposure approached $2 million.
- Successfully representing a materials manufacturer in a 1.5 week jury trial that resulted in two unanimous verdicts and allowed compensatory damages nearing $1.4 million
- Representing a national bank as part of national coordinating counsel teams in defense of lender liability claims across 13 states
- Successfully defending several financial intuitions against putative shareholder class action lawsuits challenging proposed mergers of those financial institutions
- Representing parties in investigations being conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission
- Representing parties in internal investigations concerning compliance with generally accepted accounting principles
- Representing corporate policyholders against their insurers in litigation arising out of product liability and property damage claims
Before attending law school, Natalia worked for several years in the health care management field.
Professional and Community Activities
- Board Member, Vocational Guidance Services, Inc., June 2012-present
- Executive Board Member, American Constitution Society, 2015-present
- Team coach for Cleveland Metropolitan School District Mock Trial Competition, 2008-November 2013
- Partner in Justice for Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, assisting LASC in its fundraising efforts, 2010-present
Honors & Awards
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Appellate Advocacy, 2005
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Pretrial Litigation, 2007
- Clinical Director’s Award for excellence and dedication
- Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, 2006-2007
- 4/20/2017Natalia Steele, a partner in the Vorys Cleveland office, was quoted in a Mortgage Orb story titled “Will That Be Plastic Or Plywood? The New Trend In Blight Control.”
- 6/2/2016Natalia Steele, a partner in the Vorys Cleveland office and a member of the litigation group, was quoted in a Dayton Daily News story regarding a complaint filed against Dole related to a listeria outbreak.
- 1/4/2016Vorys announced that Blake Beachler, Jennifer Dunsizer, Angela Gibson, Rick Grady, Jonathan Ishee, Paul Kerlin, Natalia Steele and Elizabeth Weinewuth have been named partners of the firm.
- 10/26/2017The Vorys Consumer Financial Services Summit was held on October 26, 2017, in Vorys' Cincinnati office.
- 6/15/2017Several Vorys attorneys were speakers at the 2017 Consumer Financial Services Summit on June 15, 2017.
- 3/8/2017Vorys Partner Natalia Steele was a panelist at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association International Women's Day: Women Leading Their Way on March 8, 2017.
- 6/22/2016Several Vorys attorneys were speakers at the 2016 Consumer Financial Services Summit on June 22, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.
- 5/4/2016Vorys and Grant Thornton hosted the 2016 Cleveland Privacy Summit on May 4.
- 4/28/2016Vorys attorneys Heather Enlow-Novitsky and Natalia Steele presented a webinar titled “Big Data and the Internet of Things: Updates for 2016” on April 28, 2016.
- 2/25/2016Several Vorys attorneys were speakers at the Vorys Consumer Financial Services Summit on February 25, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- 10/28/2015Vorys presented a Consumer Financial Services Summit on October 28, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.
- 9/12/2017Some may say that it was only a matter of time. On September 7, 2017 Equifax, one of the country’s three main credit reporting agencies, reported that it has been hacked.
- 7/27/2017Client Alert: New Jersey Enacts Restrictions on Retailers’ Collection and Use of Consumer Identification InformationOn July 21, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the “Personal Information and Privacy Protection Act.”
- 6/26/2017Client Alert: TCPA Does Not Allow Consumers to Revoke Consent When Given As Part of Binding Contract, Second Circuit HoldsThe Second Circuit Court of Appeals provided a rare glimmer of hope to companies and courts inundated by the avalanche of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation on June 22, in Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Fin. Serv., No. 16-2104.
- 6/22/2017On June 20, a federal jury sitting in the Northern District of California Ramirez v. TransUnion LLC case awarded a class of 8,185 consumers the largest to date Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) verdict, consisting of $8 million in statutory damages and $52 million in punitive damages.
- 6/12/2017Client Alert: The Supreme Court Finds that Purchasers of Debts in Default are not “Debt Collectors” Under the FDCPAToday, in a unanimous decision delivered by Justice Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that companies that purchase and collect defaulted debts for their own accounts are not “debt collectors” subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or the act).
- 5/2/2017The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that cities have standing under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to sue banks based on allegations of discriminatory lending practices that purportedly led to economic losses for the cities through lower tax revenues and increased demand for city services.
- 2/13/2017During the 2017 Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Annual Leadership Meeting, Marc S. Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer of P&G, one of the world’s largest advertisers, issued a clarion call to P&G’s fellow U.S. marketers to join him in the fight against “crappy” digital advertising.
- 12/15/2016Natalia Steele, a partner in the Vorys Cleveland office, authored an article titled “Home Free ... Or Not So Fast?” for Servicing Management magazine’s November-December 2016 edition.
- 7/11/2016Client Alert: Ohio Supreme Court Finds a Bank Has Standing to Enforce the Mortgage Even If It Cannot Collect From the Borrower on the Underlying DebtThe Ohio Supreme Court has issued a ruling further clarifying the issue of standing that has dogged lenders throughout the recent mortgage foreclosure crisis.
- 5/16/2016Financial Services Alert: Narrow Win For Spokeo at The U.S. Supreme Court: Plaintiffs Must Demonstrate Concrete Harm Even For Statutory ViolationsIn a highly-anticipated opinion, this morning the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins.
- 11/6/2015During Monday’s oral argument in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339, the Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on the issue of whether a plaintiff has standing to sue for a technical violation of a federal consumer law even when there is no indication that the plaintiff has actually been harmed by the violation.
- 7/30/2015Technological Advancements Have Led to More Traces of Infectious Disease—Now How to Assign Blame When They Cause Harm?Natalia Steele co-authored a column titled “Technological Advancements Have Led to More Traces of Infectious Disease—Now How to Assign Blame When They Cause Harm?” for Texas Lawyer.
- 9/30/2014Natalia Steele, an associate in the Vorys Cleveland office and a member of the litigation group, authored an article for the American Bar Association Insurance Services: Safe Talk newsletter. The article highlighted the increasing trend of lawsuits being filed against banks and their directors and officers on behalf of shareholders regarding a bank merger or acquisition.