Richard D. Nelson,


Professional Experience

Rick Nelson’s practice is concentrated in the areas of business representation and reorganization, financial workouts, bankruptcy, probate administration, services as a fiduciary in State and Federal Courts, 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 has operated and liquidated businesses in over 100 separate cases.

Rick has been a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) since 1991 and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2008 including a term as its President.  He has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer continuously since 2006 including recognition twice as one of the top 100 attorneys in the State of Ohio.  Rick is also a frequent speaker at a number of seminars on bankruptcy,   business reorganization and ethics topics.

Bar Admissions

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


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

Representative Matters

  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee and Attorney for Trustee in multiple million dollar plus Ponzi scheme cases.
  • Served as lead counsel and co-counsel for debtors-in-possession and creditors’ committees in large Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Appointed and served as substitute fiduciary in Probate case as Administrator and Trustee in a previously insolvent estate where by reversing tax assessments of over $2.4 million  and the recovery of additional assets, a distribution in excess of $3,000,000 was made to needy charities

Presentations/ Articles

Rick has been a frequent contributor to the American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal, and a guest speaker at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, and the University of Dayton College of Law.Rick has made presentations nationally for:

  • The National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • National Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
  • American Bankruptcy Law Forum
  • Cincinnati Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • For the  U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio Chairman of the Attorney Advisory Committee
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • American Bankruptcy Law Forum
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

Community Involvement

  • Cincinnati Say East Soccer Association, Past Board Member, Treasurer and President
  • Board Member St Ursula Villa School
  • Past Officer Parent’s Club Clemson University, Clemson,  SC
  • bestlawyer

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