Richard D. Nelson

Richard D. Nelson


Direct: (513) 333-5255
Mobile: (513) 305-2314

Professional Experience

Rick Nelson’s practice is concentrated in the areas of business reorganization, financial workouts, bankruptcy, and general business and corporate matters. He has been involved in a broad spectrum of financial and bankruptcy related cases and litigation matters, and has appeared in numerous federal and state courts. He also represents a number of businesses and banks on general corporate matters.

Rick has been a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee in the Southern District of Ohio since 1990 and has extensive experience in representation of debtors, creditors, and creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 cases and in out-of-court workouts. In addition to his services as a Chapter 7 Trustee, he has served as a Chapter 11 Trustee and as a trustee and receiver in state court and district court proceedings.

Rick is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT), Chairman of the NABT Ethics and Professionalism Committee, and NABT liaison to and a member of the American Bankers Association. He has been an Ohio Super Lawyers from 2006 through 2014. Rick is also a frequent speaker at a number of seminars on bankruptcy and reorganization topics.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

Ohio, 1974
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio


J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1974
B.A., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1971

Representative Matters

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee and Attorney for Trustee in multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme case.

Served as lead counsel and co-counsel for debtors-in-possession and creditors’ committees in large Chapter 11 proceedings.

Presentations/ Articles

“Tools, Traps and Temptations: Consumer Creditor Ethics under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005,” American Bankruptcy Institute 2005 Winter Leadership Conference, December, 2005.

“First Day Motions in Chapter 11 Proceedings,” American Bankruptcy Law Forum, Dayton, Ohio, April, 2005.

“Chapter 7 Practices from Trustee’s Perspective,” Annual Trustee Seminar, Panel Presentation, January, 2005.

“Fraud Investigation in Chapter 11,” Moderator, Panel Presentation, Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, August, 2004.

“Standardizing the Practice: Cash Collateral and DIP Financing in Chapter 11,” Panel participant and presenter, Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, August, 2004.

Professional Associations

Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
American Bankruptcy Law Forum

Community Involvement

Cincinnati Say East Soccer Association, Past Board Member, Treasurer and President

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