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Gordon W. Johnston

Gordie Johnston is a partner in Bricker & Eckler's Commercial Finance and Development group. He provides representation to creditors and debtors in transactions involving loan negotiation and documentation (including asset-based lending and general personal property secured transactions), loan workouts and restructurings, reorganization and insolvency proceedings and in matters involving general commercial law.

Gordie's principal focus is on the representation of bank and non-bank creditors in commercial and industrial loan transactions and loan workouts. Gordie also provides significant support to the firm's real estate loan transaction attorneys. He has authored several articles regarding personal property secured transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code and has lectured at various local, state and national seminars regarding debtor-creditor relations and personal property secured lending.

Representative Experience

  • As lender's lead counsel, negotiated and documented numerous asset-based financings, including a transaction in excess of $500 million
  • Served as lender’s co-counsel with respect to the negotiation and documentation of a variety of solar farm development and financing projects
  • Led the restructuring of numerous personal property secured transactions as counsel for both senior and mezzanine lenders

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Professional & Community Activities

  • Wittenberg University, Member of Board of Directors, 1994 - 2006 (Vice Chair, 2004 - 2005)
  • Wittenberg University Alumni Association (President, 1989 - 1991), Member of Alumni Board, 1981 - 1993

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association (Section of Business Law; Chair, Institutes and Seminars Committee, 1991 - 1995; Commercial Financial Services Committee and Uniform Commercial Code Committee)
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association (Chair, Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee, 1985 - 1987)
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association

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Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (banking & finance law, commercial finance law, commercial transactions / UCC law, equipment finance law) 1995-2015; 2012 Columbus Lawyer of the Year in Equipment Finance
  • Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
  • Recognized by ChambersUSA in Banking & Finance Law with a Band 3 ranking, 2013-2014

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  • The University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1976)
  • Wittenberg University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1973)