Chris E. Steiner

Counselor and Attorney at Law

Chris and his family

Chris E. Steiner originally hails from Findlay, Ohio. He came to the Toledo area to attend the University of Toledo, where he attained his Bachelor of Education Degree, magna cum laude, in 1974. In 1977 he earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from its College of Law. Chris was admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1978 and entered private practice that year.

Chris became a partner in the law firm of Spengler, Nathanson, Heyman, McCarthy & Durfee in 1984. He worked primarily in the areas of estate planning, business acquisitions and mergers, real estate, and commercial law. After a brief period as a corporate attorney, Chris re-entered the private practice of law in 1986. In 1998 he merged his law practice with two others—those of Debbie J. Papay and of Richard Bayer. Chris and his familyThe new firm was Bayer, Papay & Steiner Co., LPA. Richard Bayer subsequently retired from the practice of law. In 2008, the first year that accreditation was offered, Chris was accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to prepare, present, and prosecute claims for the Veterans Pension before the Department. In addition to the law firm’s professional memberships noted on our Home page, Chris is a member of the Lucas County Bar Association and Christian Legal Society. In addition, our law firm supports the Maumee Chamber and Arrowhead Park Association.

Both Chris and his law partner, Debbie J. Papay, are frequent speakers on legal topics for groups upon request and are authors or co-authors of several books. Please see the Our Books page for details.

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For more than 20 years, Chris has served as the attorney for the Maumee Watershed District, formerly the Toledo District of the United Methodist Church. He is a five-time delegate from West Ohio to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church.

Chris and his wife, Ann, make their home in Maumee. They have been married for over 40 years and have two daughters and two sons. They are the proud grandparents of seven wonderful grandchildren. Chris is a veteran college football official. He retired after the 2013 season, having spent 30 years on the college gridiron. He remains very active in church and community affairs, and also enjoys water skiing, umpiring high school baseball and softball games, and officiating high school football games. Chris is an active fan of the Cleveland pro teams (Indians, Browns and Cavaliers) as well as the Ohio State Buckeyes and his alma mater, the Toledo Rockets.