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Matthew C. Steele





Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., 2003

Xavier University, B.A.U.

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. District Courts

  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Southern District of Ohio 
  • Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Western District of Kentucky

Matt Steele represents national, regional and local bank and non-bank lenders in a variety of finance matters including real estate, working capital, asset-based, government-supported and equipment financing. In addition to single lender transactions, Matt counsels administrative agents, lead banks and participants in a variety of syndicated facilities. His experience includes portfolio investments as well as investments intended for securitization, and spans all phases of a transaction, from negotiation, documentation and closing to post-closing administration, loan modifications, and workouts and restructuring. 

Matt represents financial institutions and special servicers in all stages of commercial real estate workout and foreclosures for both securitized and portfolio loans, and counsels court-appointed receivers in all aspects of property management and disposition. 

In addition to his financial services practice, Matt also represents sellers, purchasers, owners, landlords and tenants in a broad array of commercial real estate transactions including purchase and sales, development, leasing, management, title and construction.

Prior to rejoining Miller Canfield, Matt served as an Assistant General Counsel and Vice President for Fifth Third Bank, where he was responsible for commercial lines of business with more than $25 billion in lending assets and supported the loan closing team and special assets group. 


U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers, Real Estate Law, 2020

Ohio Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Real Estate and Business Litigation, 2009 and 2010

Ohio State University College of Law, Journal on Dispute Resolution, Symposium Editor; Moot Court, Environmental Law Team (National Semi-Finalists), 2003

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association

Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL) XVIII

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Mason City Schools, Board of Education, President, 2017-present; Vice President, 2014-2016; Member, 2011-present

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2010 Man of the Year Fundraising Campaign

Ohio ENERGY Project, Board of Directors

Cincinnati Camerata, President

National Energy Education Development Project


Strategic Alternatives For and Against Distressed Businesses (Kentucky Chapter), Thomson West, 2015

"Mortgage Release Requirements Revised, Expanded," CBA Report (Cincinnati Bar Association), April 2015