Stephen E. Matasich

Stephen is the Chair of Day Ketterer’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group.  For more than 20 years, he has defended self-insured and state-fund employers, including both private and public entities, in workers’ compensation claims.  He also regularly works with and advises Third-Party Administrators (TPAs) and Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) in such matters. 
In addition to regularly defending clients before state administrative agencies and Courts of Common Pleas, Stephen and Day Ketterer’s Workers’ Compensation group work proactively to assist employers in reducing workers’ compensation claims and costs and provide training in a variety of areas, including claims management and effective accident investigation.
He has successfully handled hundreds of OSHA investigations for Ohio manufacturers, retailers, and construction companies.  Stephen is among a small number of Ohio attorneys having received OSHA’s 30-hour training courses in both general industry and construction.  Being experienced to seamlessly handle all aspects of a workplace injury claim, Stephen’s familiarity with cases eliminates the need for repetitive investigation and duplicated services – saving his clients time and money. 
As an employment attorney, he is frequently trusted to represent employers in employment intentional torts, employer liability, retaliatory discharge, wrongful discharge, whistleblower claims, industrial accidents, occupational claims, mandamus actions, and VSSRs.  Stephen’s litigation practice also entails representing northeast Ohio hospitals in medical malpractice and nursing negligence claims, as well as insurance defense.
  • Workplace Safety: The Importance of Enforcing Safety Policies and Procedures, Eastern Stark County Safety Council, Alliance, Ohio, September 2015
  • Handling OSHA Investigations, Winning: Successful Strategies for Managing the Toughest Workers' Compensation and Employment Claims, Canton, Ohio, May 2015
  • OSHA: Investigation, Defense, & Avoidance, Canton, Ohio, October 2014
  • VSSR Investigation and Defense, Eastern Stark County Safety Council, April 2013
  • How to Handle an OSHA Investigation, CIDB Presentation, August 2012
  • Safety Policies/Procedures: Consequences of Failure to Follow or Enforce, Safety Seminar, March 2012
  • VSSR from the Employer’s Perspective, Northeast Ohio Chapter of The Association of Corporate Counsel (NEOACCA), January 2012
  • Defending Against VSSRs, Eastern Stark County Safety Council, April 2012
  • Defending Against the Mental Claim, Ohio Self-Insurers Association, January 2011
  • Stark County Bar Association Disputed Fee Committee, Member
  • Stark County Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Committee, Member
  • Trillium Family Solutions, past President Board of Trustees
  • Leadership Stark County, 21st Class
  • Eastern Stark County Safety Council
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Member
  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Stark County Bar Association
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, Juris Doctor, 1995
    Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Health
  • The University of Akron, Bachelor of Arts, 1991
To contact Stephen, please e-mail him at or call him directly at 330.458.2143.