Meet Attorney Matthew Steele of Miller Canfield

Miller CanfieldMiller Canfield is the oldest law firm based in Michigan, and one of the 200 largest firms in the United States, with offices in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Washington, D.C., Mexico, China, Canada, and Poland. The firm represents business clients in a wide range of industries and subject matter areas, including banking, automotive, employment, energy, and public finance.

Matthew Steele rejoined Miller Canfield as a partner in September 2018, and works primarily with financial institution clients on commercial lending and workout transactions. His Q&A is below:

Q: You were previously part of General Counsel at 5/3rd Bank.  How did that prepare you for your current role?

A: Before I went in-house, I tended to think my role as an attorney was to help a client avoid all risk.  Being a part of the business as in-house counsel made me fully understand for the first time that without risk there would be no business- especially for banks.  My true role is to ensure the client understands the risk and the steps that can be taken to avoid or minimize that risk.  Ultimately, it is the client’s call on what is reasonable and what level of risk they are willing to take on, depending on the potential up-side.

Q: What do you like most about your partnership with OfficeKey?

A: Given that I re-opened our Cincinnati office, for now I am the only attorney in town. I love the flexibility OfficeKey provides, with a first-class downtown space but also a dedicated office closer to home in West Chester.

Matthew Steele, Miller CanfieldQ: In addition to your full-time job you are the President of the Mason School Board.  What are the biggest challenges and rewards from that position?

A: Mason is a big and diverse district, so one of the biggest challenges is balancing a broad array of interests and needs with limited resources.  The biggest rewards come from being able to support the amazing innovation of our educators and administration, and to see even a big district work together to create a culture that recognizes each learner’s story.

Q: What is your favorite movie or tv show?

A: Hands down, The West Wing. To me, it has always been the greatest show in the history of television. And these days, watching it provides a great break from the current state of political affairs.

Q: What is your favorite singer or band? 

A: The National, a band from Cincinnati that has really hit it big.

You can connect with Matthew on LinkedIn