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Steven S. Hoar

Steve Hoar

Steven S. Hoar

Steve Hoar focuses his practice on business litigation, including disputes related to contracts, financial services, corporate governance, construction projects, manufacturing, and real estate. He uses his nearly 20 years of litigation experience to gather the evidence necessary for building a case for trial while also exploring early resolution of disputes when appropriate. Steve is a past president of the Evansville Bar Association and currently represents 11 counties in  Southwest Indiana on the Board of Governors of the Indiana State Bar Association.


  • 1994

    DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind., B.A. cum laude

  • 1997

    Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Ind., J.D.


  • Financial Services Litigation: Defends financial institutions in lawsuits alleging unlawful lending practices. Defends financial professionals against malpractice claims. Represents clients in cases alleging violations of consumer protection laws. Prosecuted $20 Million employee fraud claim against surety.
  • Construction Litigation: Has advocated for contractors in multi-party construction lawsuits in a variety of venues, including in oral argument before the Indiana Supreme Court. Prosecutes and defends construction defect claims against contractors, sureties, and design professionals.
  • Manufacturing Litigation: Represented clients in cases involving alleged defective equipment design and manufacture.
  • Real Estate Litigation: Represents landlords and tenants in commercial lease disputes. Represents real estate owners in cases involving boundary and ownership disputes.
  • Corporate Litigation: Represents clients in cases involving corporate shareholder disputes.
  • Creditors’ Rights Litigation: Enforces creditors’ rights in matters involving assertion and foreclosure of mortgages and liens, replevins, receiverships, repossessions, garnishments, personal property executions, and collection of judgments.
  • Trust and Estate Litigation: Represents clients in will contests and trust challenges.


  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare

Publications and Presentations

Professional Affiliations

  • Evansville Bar Association: Past President, Membership Committee (Chairman), Bench and Bar Committee, Communications Committee, Commercial Law Section
  • Indiana State Bar Association: Board of Governors, Membership and Membership Benefits Committee, Litigation Section, Construction & Surety Law Section, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Section
  • American Bar Association: Litigation Section, Construction Law Forum
  • Brooks American Inn of Court
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana: Construction Law Section
  • The National Creditors Bar Association
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Mid-Central Regional Trial Advocacy Program Graduate

Civic Affiliations

  • St. John the Baptist Catholic School Council: Vice-President
  • Vanderburgh Law Library Foundation: Past President and Current Member of Board of Directors
  • Sterling United Federal Credit Union: Former Chairman of Board of Directors
  • Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra: Former Member of Board of Directors
  • Evansville Westside Kiwanis Club: Past President
  • Leadership Evansville: Program Alumnus


  • Rated, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Selected, Indiana Super Lawyers® Magazine, Rising Star (2011, 2012)
  • Recipient, Indiana District of Kiwanis Distinguished Club President Award
  • CALI Award for Trial Process (highest grade in class)

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit