Justin Ristau

Justin Ristau is a partner and chair of Bricker & Eckler's Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy group. Justin is a creditors' rights litigator, representing lenders on commercial loan defaults, including commercial foreclosure, replevin and state-court receiverships. Justin also represents clients in cases involving bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation and reorganization, usually representing secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases or adversary proceedings involving preference and fraudulent transfer proceedings, nondischargeability proceedings and proceedings to determine the validity and priority of various claims or interests. In addition, Justin represents residential lenders in complex contested foreclosure actions, as well as against affirmative claims brought in state court, bankruptcy court, district court or on appeal.


Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee
  • Past Chair, Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee; Ohio State Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy; Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law), 2016–2020
  • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2010–2016


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D.), 2002; Student Articles Editor and associate member, University of Cincinnati Law Review
  • Hobart College (B.A.), 1999
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