David M. Whittaker

David M. Whittaker

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

Assistant Susan Wallace 614.220.5111 swallace@isaacwiles.com
about DavidX+X+

For more than 38 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 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 20,000 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 & admissionsX+


  • 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
professional & community activitiesX+

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
articles & presentationsX+

articles & presentations


  • 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 


  • Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring with a Band 3 ranking, 2014–2018; Band 4 ranking, 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy, 1995-2019
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business, 2005-2018
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, "Top 50: 2018 Columbus Super Lawyers"