E. Richard “Rick” Stege


rickRick has tried well over one hundred jury and bench trial cases.  As related in a recent ABA publication, “Rick Stege is a trial lawyer… [He] thrives on jury cases…and the challenge of making a complex series of events compelling for the jury.”  Rick has the credentials to take a case to the highest appellate court as well as to obtain a multi-million dollar verdict, witness his two successful arguments in landmark cases before the United States Supreme Court; Moore v. City of East Cleveland (1977) and Local 93 v. City of Cleveland (1986).  His largest verdict is $6.6 million ($7.7 million with interest).  In addition to his “first love” litigation, Rick has a number of small business and individual clients which he assists dutifully and with great pleasure.

Rick is a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Wisconsin School of Law where he was Order of the Coif and on the Editorial Board of the Law Review.  He teaches legal ethics at Case Western Reserve School of Law and at Cleveland Marshall College of Law.  He is active in his profession, recently serving as President of his Chapter of the Inns of Court, Chairman of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Ethics Committee, and Co-chair for Programs of the ABA Litigation Section’s Trial Practice Committee.

His professional associations include:  The William K. Thomas Inn of Court (emeritus member); the Conference of the Eighth Judicial District (life member); the American Bar Association; the Litigation and Trial and Insurance Practice Sections of the ABA; the American Association of Justice; the American Constitution Society; the Ohio Association of Justice; the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys; the Ohio State Bar Association; the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; the Medical Negligence Committee of the AAJ; and the Trial Practice and Trial Evidence Committees of the ABA’s Litigation Section.  Rick is recognized as a “Top Lawyer in Ohio” and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Rick is married to Elaine Margaret Murphy, an artist and an avid horticulturalist.  His daughter Melinda Arsouze is a lawyer with Gide Loyerette Nouel in its Banking & Finance practice group in both London and Paris.  He is active in his church, Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, where he has held a number of important positions.  Rick loves his work as a lawyer, sports, music (including bluegrass and many other varieties) and his modest home in Geauga County.  He treasures his close friendships with people from all walks of life.

Rick wears a smile on his face most often, but underneath is a very serious and committed professional.