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Bankruptcy, Business Restructuring, and Creditors’ Rights

Wood + Lamping (W+L) has a distinguished history in the areas of bankruptcy, business restructuring, and debtor-creditor relationships. The experienced and talented attorneys in this area are committed to finding practical solutions to difficult problems occasioned by insolvency and debtor-creditor relationships. And the area has worked on a spectrum of matters including:

  • Representation for 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
  • Special counsel doing litigation work to recover assets in Lexington, Kentucky’s, Calumet Farms bankruptcy
  • Committee counsel in the Riverfront Coliseum case and the Ameristop Convenience Store cases
  • Bankruptcy trustee, court-appointed receiver, and counsel for creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 proceedings

This Practice Area 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), Donald Mallory and Neil Fairweather.

Together, they use a cross-disciplined approach with lawyers from various W+L practice areas including real estate, business, taxation, employment law, and business litigation. And they provide a full range of services to solve clients’ complex problems and accomplish their objectives in matters involving consumer bankruptcy, business reorganization, workouts, distressed asset sales, real estate foreclosures, collections, and state court receiverships.