David M. Whittaker



David Whittaker is a partner in Bricker & Eckler's Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy group. He has spent more than 35 years representing insolvent and struggling businesses in restructuring or liquidation. David has advised emerging and successful businesses on growth and planning; handled asset sales and acquisitions; litigated complicated bankruptcy matters; served as a mediator in complex and multi-party cases; and served as a Chapter 7 Trustee in approximately 20,000 cases.

David has represented many commercial debtors in successful Chapter 11 reorganizations and liquidations. He also has represented creditors in Chapter 11 cases and workouts. He has served as a Chapter 11 Trustee and as an Examiner in a Chapter 11 case involving a sophisticated Ponzi scheme.

David has represented commercial debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases. Additionally, he routinely represented creditors in cases filed under these chapters.

He has represented another Chapter 7 panel Trustee in the administration of a case involving the sale of a warehouse and commercial facility and the filing and resolution of more than 350 preference cases.

David has a strong interest in and talent for serving as a mediator in difficult cases. He has received training at the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and St. John’s University Law School Mediation program, a 40-hour course designed to provide mediators with the skills necessary to handle a broad range of mediations. He served as a panelist at the ABI Mid-Atlantic Conference in 2012, where he discussed the role of the mediator.

David’s experience in advising troubled businesses has allowed him to successfully help a variety of start up and established businesses in the handling of growth and planning issues.

David enjoys many genres of music, especially Americana, Alt-Country, Bluegrass and Roots. David has managed bands and represented musicians, songwriters, recording studios and record labels.

Professional & Community Activities
  • Member, local Bankruptcy Rules Committee for the Southern District of Ohio, 2002-2003 and 2005-2014
Presentations & Published Works
  • Panelist on Executory Contract Issues in Chapter 11 at Columbus Bar Association seminar in 2014
  • Presented a session on bankruptcy mediation matters for The National Association of Credit Managers regional meeting in 2013
  • Panelist on bankruptcy mediation issues for a Columbus Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee meeting in 2012
  • Panelist on the role of the mediator at the ABI Mid-Atlantic Conference in Cambridge, Maryland in 2012
  • Presented a session on bankruptcy exemption issues at the ABI Central States Conference in Traverse City, Michigan in 2008
  • Spoke at the Bench-Bar Retreat in 2005 for the Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Ohio
  • Has been a speaker, panelist and moderator at numerous Columbus Bar Association, Credit Education Coalition and National Business Institute seminars
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Admitted, State of Ohio; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association, Bankruptcy Committee and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association Bankruptcy and Judicial Liaison Committee in 2010 and 2011
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association and Bankruptcy Law Institute Planning Committee for May 2005
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2005-2015
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (bankruptcy/creditor debtor rights, bankruptcy litigation) 1995-2015
  • Recognized by ChambersUSA in Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law with a Band 4 ranking, 2013; Band 3 ranking, 2014-2015
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell™
  • The Ohio State University (J.D., 1979)
  • Wright State University (B.A., 1976)
  • Attended a 40-hour bankruptcy mediation training program in 2011 that was jointly sponsored by the ABI and the St. John’s Law School
  • Attended a 40-hour domestic relations mediation training program in 2014 that was jointly sponsored by the Columbus Bar Association and the Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio
  • Attended a 5.5-hour seminar on The Effect of Behavioral Disorders on Mediation sponsored by the Columbus Bar Association
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