David M. Whittaker

David M. Whittaker

Partner
P: 614.221.2121 | F: 614.365.9516
EMAIL dwhittaker@isaacwiles.com

Assistant Jaci Slusser 614.340.7438 jslusser@isaacwiles.com
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For more than 37 years David Whittaker has represented clients in every facet of bankruptcy. He has litigated through complex bankruptcy issues, handled asset sales and acquisitions, and advised entrepreneurs and established owners how to plan with businesses in growth mode. David also represented commercial debtors, and a wide variety of creditors in Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 cases.

David’s experience has spanned from commercial debtors reorganizations and liquidations to creditors’ workouts and litigation. He has served as a Chapter 11 Trustee involving the liquidation of a retail jewelry chain and as an Examiner in a Chapter 11 case analyzing a sophisticated Ponzi scheme.

David’s even keel mindset and ability to analyze both sides allows him to serve as a trusted mediator. David completed a 40-hour course, through the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and St. John’s University Law School Mediation program, designed to provide mediators with the skills necessary to handle all types of mediations. He has served as a mediator in complex and multi-party cases, and was a panelist at the 2012 ABI Mid-Atlantic Conference on mediation topics.

While his focus is business, his real passion lies within the music industry, specifically Americana, Alt-Country, Bluegrass and Roots. David has represented musicians, songwriters, recording studios and record labels in a variety of genres.

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Education

  • The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D., 1979
  • Wright State University, B.A., 1976

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
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professional & community activities

Professional

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association, Bankruptcy Committee and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; Bankruptcy and Judicial Liaison Committee, 2010 and 2011; Bankruptcy Law Institute Planning Committee, May 2005
  • Member, Southern District of Ohio Local Bankruptcy Rules Committee, 2002-2003 and 2005-2014
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articles & presentations

Presentations
  • Presenter, "Executory Contract Issues in Chapter 11," Columbus Bar Association, 2014
  • Presenter, "Bankruptcy Mediation Matters," The National Association of Credit Managers Regional Meeting, 2013
  • Presenter, "Bankruptcy Mediation Issues," Columbus Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee meeting, 2012
  • Presenter, "The role of the mediator," ABI Mid-Atlantic Conference, 2012
  • Presenter, "Bankruptcy Exemption Issues," ABI Central States Conference, 2008
  • Presenter, Bench-Bar Retreat for the Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Ohio, 2005
  • Presenter, panelist and moderator at numerous Columbus Bar Association, Credit Education Coalition and National Business Institute seminars 
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Honors

  • Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring with a Band 3 ranking, 2014–2017; Band 4 ranking, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy, (1995-2017)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business, (2005-2017)