about David M. Whittaker
For more than 40 years David Whittaker has represented clients in every facet of bankruptcy and debtor-creditor issues. 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, Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 cases.
David has been a member of the panel of Chapter 7 Trustees in Columbus since May 1983. He has served as the Trustee in more than 25,000 cases.
His 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.
education & admissions
The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D., 1979
Wright State University, B.A., 1976
Bar & Court Admissions
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
articles & presentations
- Quoted in, “No Script to Follow in the Murray Energy Bankruptcy,” The Times Leader, November 12, 2019
- Quoted in, “Court Filing May Spell End of Longaberger Co.,” The Columbus Dispatch, November 1, 2018
- Quoted in, “Longaberger, Parent File for Bankruptcy Reorganization,” The Columbus Dispatch, June 29, 2018
Presenter, “Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Basics,” Columbus Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Institute, 2018
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
professional & community activities
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
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated 2019
Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring with a Band 3 ranking, 2014–2020; Band 4 ranking, 2013
The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy, 1995-2020
Ohio Super Lawyers®, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business, 2005-2019
Ohio Super Lawyers®, “Top 50: 2018 Columbus Super Lawyers”