Bankruptcy, Business Restructuring, and Creditors’ Rights

Wood + Lamping has a distinguished history in the areas of Bankruptcy, Business Restructuring, and Debtor-Creditor relationships.  From its earliest days of representing  financial institutions during the Great Depression, and assisting the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency in bank liquidation proceedings to allow depositors to recover their funds, to litigation work to recover assets as special counsel in the Calumet Farms Bankruptcy in Lexington, Kentucky, as Committee Counsel in the Riverfront Coliseum case, and the Ameristop Convenience Store cases, to more recent work serving as Bankruptcy Trustee, Court-appointed receiver and counsel for Creditors’ Committees in Chapter 11 proceedings, the experienced and talented attorneys in this practice group are committed to finding practical solutions to difficult problems occasioned by insolvency and Debtor-Creditor relationships.

The group is currently chaired by Senior Partner, Hank Menninger, a member of the panel of Bankruptcy Trustees for the Southern District of Ohio, and who is certified by the American Board of Certification in the area of Consumer Bankruptcy.  He is assisted by highly-regarded bankruptcy practitioner, Ray Pikna (who formerly clerked for Bankruptcy Judge D.J. Kelleher, and who currently directs collection work for the State of Ohio as Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General), Fern Goldman (who formerly clerked for Judge Randall Newsome), Daniel Cox (who directs the foreclosure practice), Thomas Wietholter (who directs the non-foreclosure collection work) and Neal Fairweather.  Together, they use a cross-disciplined approach with other members of the firm in practice areas such as real estate, business, taxation, employment law, and business litigation to provide a full range of services to our clients to solve complex problems and accomplish the objectives of our clients in matters involving consumer bankruptcy cases, business reorganization proceedings, workouts, distressed asset sales, real estate foreclosures, collections, and state court receiverships.