David K. Stein


Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
65 East State Street
Suite 1000
Columbus, OH 43215-4213

Tel: 614.227.7740

Email: dstein@taftlaw.com
Web: www.taftlaw.com

David Stein is a partner in Taft’s Finance group, maintaining a national practice in this area of law. He advises businesses on consumer-facing issues, including real estate, privacy, credit reporting, technology, data security and e-commerce.

The focus of his practice includes:

  • Federal and State Financial Services Litigation
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Regulatory Investigations and Enforcement
  • Consumer Financial Services and Lending
  • Privacy and Data Protection

David represents banks, lenders, credit unions, insurance companies and mortgage servicers in complex litigation, class actions, defense of regulatory enforcement actions and compliance management. He also represents businesses and their vendors with transactional matters, data security strategies and crisis response, as well as prosecution of claims involving unfair competition and restrictive covenants.

Additionally, David advises clients on cannabis-related matters including banking and finance, specifically licensing for cultivation, processing and dispensation of medical marijuana.

A veteran in the financial services industry, David spent more than two decades as in-house and outside counsel for national independent lenders and servicers. He is known for guiding clients through significant challenges as a trusted advisor.

David is also a nationally recognized authority in the area of trade practices, including advertising and sales practices. He is the author of the Social Media and Digital Advertising Compliance Resource Guide, published by the Mortgage Bankers Association.

  • American Bar Association
    • Fellow (2018-present)
  • Conference on Consumer Finance Law
    • Governing Committee, (2018-present)
  • Columbus Bar Association
    • Member, Financial Services Committee
  • The Ohio State University Alumni Association
    • Mentor, Alumni Engagement Program
  • Mortgage Bankers Association
    • Member, Regulatory and Legal Issues Committee
    • Member, Litigation Sub-Committee
    • Member, Independent Mortgage Bankers Working Group (2012-2014)
  • Lenders One National Mortgage Cooperative
    • Member, Board of Advisors (2012-2014)
  • State of Ohio, Division of Financial Institutions
    • Member, Social Media Regulatory Task Force (2015)

Clients trust Taft’s Lending and Finance team to bring a practical, business-oriented approach to each transaction. With obsessive attention to client service, our team works to be accessible throughout the financing process while keeping quick turnaround a priority. Our clients are actively engaged in their businesses, and we are actively engaged in providing timely, astute, and efficient counseling to help clients achieve their strategic goals.

Taft’s lending and finance attorneys have experience representing borrowers, as well as traditional and non-traditional lenders. Our team counsels clients on a variety of financing needs, including:

  • Traditional working capital and equipment finance.
  • Acquisition finance (senior and mezzanine).
  • Asset-based lending.
  • Capital call lines of credit.
  • Debtor-in-possession financing.
  • Project finance.
  • Public finance.
  • Real estate finance.
  • Equipment leasing.
  • Regulatory Compliance.
  • Regulatory Investigations and Enforcement.
  • Consumer Financial Services and Lending.

We have access to a broad range of complimentary practice groups that help guide clients through often complicated regulatory hurdles. Attorneys in the Lending and Finance group are also active in Taft’s Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Gaming and Hospitality, Creditor Rights and Real Estate practices. We represent sponsors, lenders, and borrowers, as well as corporations engaging in complex mergers and acquisitions and other transactions.

Our attorneys work in cohesive teams, responding quickly and efficiently with the right approach to avoid a problem, resolve a problem, or take advantage of an opportunity. We have earned repeated recognition by peers and legal publications for our strong technical skills and our continued dedication to superior client service.

Taft. It is one simple word which is the iconic name of an historic political and legal family and represents over 135 years as a venerable law firm. But, today we are a lot more than a firm with an outstanding heritage. Taft is a modern, progressive firm which is the trusted advisor to many successful clients and an employer of choice in each of our major markets.

To be the employer of choice in each of our markets, we maintain a highly respectful, transparent workplace culture which fosters creativity, teamwork, inclusion and diversity, and service to our clients and communities. We couple that culture with a play to win, client-first mindset where we reward lawyers who listen to and understand their clients’ goals and then think creatively and aggressively to advance those goals and the client’s ultimate success.

Deeply embedded in the culture of Taft is the significant investment we make in the communities where we live and practice. Taft lawyers contribute substantial time and resources to many charitable and community organizations and activities. We also do meaningful pro bono work for those in need. As an essential part of our culture, Taft celebrates and provides time and dollars to Taft professionals who support charities, give back to their communities, or do pro bono work. Why? Because Taft and its professionals are fortunate to have the means to help others with fewer resources. Giving back is a concept which is part of the fabric of who we are, and we want to make a meaningful and positive difference in our communities.

At Taft, we look forward to delivering results for our clients, communities and each other. After 135 years, our journey has just begun.