Arthur Steinmetz, who served as Walter | Haverfield’s managing partner from 1989-1991, died on June 23, 2019. He was 93 years old. A recipient of a Purple Heart, Steinmetz survived sniper fire in Germany while serving in World War II. Germany is also where the lifelong Cleveland-area resident met his wife of 67 years, Thea Steinmetz.
Steinmetz attended John Marshall High School where he was valedictorian and a champion sprinter. He later attended law school at Case Western Reserve University and began his career at Walter | Haverfield in 1951.
For the next 63 years, Steinmetz practiced law at Walter | Haverfield, where he pleaded cases all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Business owners, executives and professionals turned to Steinmetz for counsel on a broad range of personal, financial and tax matters. He also acted as corporate counsel to a wide range of companies and prepared comprehensive estate plans and related trusts.
“Art was such a fixture here at Walter | Haverfield, and his counsel and leadership are ingrained in the history of our firm,” said Ralph Cascarilla, managing partner at Walter | Haverfield. “He was an invaluable resource to his clients and loved by everyone here.”
Steinmetz’s time in the U.S. Army was the start of a lifelong passion for military history. He also enjoyed golf, stayed active in the Presbyterian Church of Rocky River and loved the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Steinmetz is survived by his wife; sons, Art Jr. and Greg; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.