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Stephen M. Dane
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J.D., University of Toledo College of Law, magna cum laude

B.S., Mathematics, University of Notre Dame, with honors

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Honorable Pierce Lively, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


Mr. Dane practices civil rights law primarily in the areas of fair housing, insurance redlining, mortgage lending discrimination, and equal credit opportunity.

Prior to joining Relman, Dane & Colfax, Mr. Dane was a shareholder and served as president of the Ohio litigation firm Cooper & Walinski, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation throughout the United States.

Professional Activities

Mr. Dane served as President of the Toledo Bar Association in 2010-2011.  He also served as Acting Judge of the Perrysburg, Ohio Municipal Court for 17 years, and is a former Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of the Diocese of Toledo.

Mr. Dane regularly speaks to lenders, private fair housing groups, and state and federal investigators on fair housing and fair lending, and is the author of many articles in the field, including:

Mr. Dane is also co-editor of the Civil Rights Insider, the quarterly eNewsletter of the Federal Bar Association’s Civil Rights Law Section.

Selected Published Cases

Mr. Dane's better-known cases include:

  • National Fair Housing Alliance v. Travelers Indemnity Co., 261 F.Supp.3d 20 (D.D.C. 2017);
  • Viens v. American Empire Surplus Lines Ins. Co., 113 F. Supp.3d 555 (D. Conn. 2015);
  • Hollis v. Chestnut Bend HOA, 760 F.3d 531 (6th Cir. 2014);
  • Olsen v. Stark Homes, 759 F.3d 140 (2d Cir. 2014);
  • Central Alabama Fair Housing Center v. Magee, 835 F. Supp.2d 1165 (M.D. Ala. 2012);
  • Keck v. Graham Hotel Systems, Inc., 566 F.3d 634 (6th Cir. 2009);
  • National Fair Housing Alliance, Inc. v. A.G. Spanos Companies, 542 F. Supp.2d 1054 (N.D. Cal. 2008);
  • U.S. ex rel. Anti-Discrimination Center v. Westchester County, 495 F. Supp.2d 375 (S.D.N.Y. 2007);
  • Preferred Properties, Inc. v. Indian River Estates, 276 F.3d 790 (6th Cir. 2002);  
  • Toledo Fair Housing Center v. Farmers Insurance Companies, 61 F. Supp. 2d 681 (N.D. Ohio 1999); 64 F. Supp. 2d 703 (N.D. Ohio 1999); 
  • Toledo Fair Housing Center v. Nationwide Ins., 704 N.E. 2d 667, 705 N.E. 2d 1 (Ohio 1998);
  • Aloqaili v. National Housing Corp., 743 F. Supp. 1264 (N.D. Ohio 1990); and
  • Old West End Association v. Buckeye Federal Savings & Loan, 675 F. Supp. 1100 (N.D. Ohio 1987).

Honors and Awards

Mr. Dane has received numerous awards and honors, including the Public Interest Law Award from Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, the Community Access Award from the Ability Center of Toledo, the Fair Housing Award from the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Award of Excellence for the Promotion of Equal Housing Opportunity for All People from the National Fair Housing Alliance, HUD's Fair Housing Award for Outstanding Contribution and Commitment to Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and The University of Toledo College of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award.  In 1998, Mr. Dane was selected as one of eight Lawyers of the Year by Ohio Lawyers Weekly. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Civil Rights.