Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court Info

Columbus, Ohio 43085

Residents of Franklin County, Ohio file bankruptcy in Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court

3 courthouses serve the Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court.

Three Kinds of Information You Will Need from the Court

(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date. If a link does not work, go to the home page for the court and look for the materials from there.)

Official Website of the
Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court

Official Court Website

* Home page

What you'll find there

You'll need to file your papers with one of the courthouses that serve the Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court.

Pre-COVID, you had to go to court, in person, at least once to meet with the bankruptcy trustee for your 341 hearing. During the Coronavirus pandemic, those meetings were typically done by phone or zoom. A few courts may still allow that.

Where To Start

Before you file, there are three kinds of information you'll need to get from the court's website:

1. Info on Filing Without an Attorney

Court "Pro Se" Info

Information specific to your district

You'll need information specifically about your particular court's procedures.

Fortunately, the Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court offers information specifically designed for people filing without an attorney. Virtually all courts link to the generic national information mentioned above. The Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court offers specific guidance about local procedures.

General information about how to file

If you're new to the bankruptcy process, the website of the US Courts Adminstrative Office now offers a basic orentation page for those filing bankruptcy without an attorney. The information inlcudes a Bankruptcy Basics video in English Spanish and Creole. The half hour video is split into chapters so you can go back and review parts that went by too fast the first time.

2. Local Rules

Local Rules - OHS

Each court has its own rules about filing procedure, how to list creditor's names and addresses, and they tend to be fussy about it.

You must comply with the details of the process, such as filing dates, filing procedures, fees, and a myriad of other bureaucratic wonderfulness. Depending on how poorly they're written, your court's local rules probably won't make much sense to you. Don't worry. You may not be affected by most of the rules.

However, you will need to follow the rules about filing procedure and how to format the creditors' "mailing matrix" (a list of creditor's names and addresses).

Your court publishes plain-English instructions for those filing without a lawyer in the Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court . Use that first, rather than trying to read the actual rules.

How to File for BankruptcyChapters 6 and 7 of How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy offer more information on what to look for in local rules and how to ask the court clerk for the information you need as you prepare your paperwork and fill in yourforms.

3. Court Forms

Local Forms

Bankruptcy is a forms-intensive process, kind of like doing a long tax return.

The main forms you use in bankruptcy are federal forms, used nationwide in all bankruptcy courts.

Your bankruptcy court may have additional local forms for the Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court for dealing with things like the list of creditors.

Other information from the court

Most courts link to a downloadable U.S. Courts publication called "Bankruptcy Basics." This offers a decent overview of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy -- but has no information about how to actually file or fill in the mountain of forms.

Now most courts also link to a helpful YouTube video created by the Federal Courts that explains the bankruptcy process.

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Courthouses of the Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court

Franklin County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Columbus, OH
170 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. (614) 469-6638


Court Website info

Street Address: 

221 E. Fourth Street
Atrium Two Suite 800
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 684-2572


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Court Website info

Street Address: 

170 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-6638

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Court Website info

Street Address: 

120 West Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
(937) 225-2516

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Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

Source: The U.S Trustee Program - Ohio List of Private Trustees by Chapter



Note: The individuals listed are private parties, not government employees.





Lisa M. Barbacci
P.O. Box 1299
Medina, OH 44258 -1299
E-mail: barbaccitrustee@gmail.com
Phone: (330) 722-4488
Fax: (330) 723-2959


Robert D. Barr
1111 Superior Avenue East
Suite 2500
Cleveland, OH 44114
E-mail: rbarr@koehler.law
Phone: (216)744-2739


Brian Alan Bash
1900 E. 9th Street, Suite 3200
Cleveland, OH 44114
E-mail: bbash@bakerlaw.com
Phone: (216)621-0200
Fax: (216) 696-0740


Patti M. Baumgartner-Novak
3015 Navarre Ave., Suite 203
Oregon, OH 43616
E-mail: pnovak@bex.net
Phone: (419) 724-2480
Fax: (419) 724-2481


Kathryn A. Belfance
One Cascade Plaza, 15th Floor
Akron, OH 44308
E-mail: kb@rlbllp.com
Phone: (330)535-0505
Fax: (330) 256-3695


Virgil E. Brown, Jr.
4070 Mayfield Road
Cleveland, OH 44121
E-mail: virgil@vebtrustee.com
Phone: (216) 851-3304
Fax: (216) 851-2900


Michael Douglas Buzulencia
150 E. Market Street, Suite 300
Warren, OH 44481
E-mail: buzulenciatrustee@mahoningvalleylaw.com
Phone: (330)392-8551
Fax: (330) 392-7030


Thomas E. Cafferty
500 Madison Ave., Suite 320
Toledo, OH 43604
E-mail: tcafferty@bex.net
Phone: (419) 244-0169
Fax: (419) 244-9420


Kari Balog Coniglio
200 Public Square, Suite 1400
Cleveland, OH 44114
E-mail: kbconiglio@vorys.com
Phone: (216) 479-6167


Harold Allen Corzin
Commonwealth Square
304 N. Cleveland-Massillon Roa
Akron, OH 44333
E-mail: hcorzin@csu-law.com
Phone: (330)670-0770
Fax: (330)670-0297


Anthony J. DeGirolamo
3930 Fulton Drive NW, Suite 100B
Canton, OH 44718
E-mail: ajdlaw@sbcglobal.net
Phone: (330) 305-9700
Fax: (330) 305-9713


Douglas A. Dymarkowski
1107 Adams Street
Toledo, OH 43604
E-mail: Ch7TrusteeOffice@gmail.com
Phone: (419) 244-8500
Fax: (419) 244-8538


Bruce Comly French
P.O. Box 839
Lima, OH 45802 -0839
E-mail: brucecfrench@earthlink.net
Phone: (419)222-9134
Fax: (419) 222-9437


Marc Preston Gertz
11 South Forge Street
Akron, OH 44304
E-mail: mpgertz@gertzrosen.com
Phone: (330) 255-0727
Fax: (330) 932-2366


Melissa M. Macejko
P. O. Box 256
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44222
E-mail: akrontr@suharlaw.com
Phone: (330) 744-9007


Josiah Locke Mason
153 West Main Street
Ashland, OH 44805

P.O. Box 345
Ashland, OH 44805
E-mail: jlmasontrustee@zoominternet.net
Phone: (419)289-1600
Fax: (419) 281-6530


Ericka S. Parker
232 10th Street
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: (419)243-0900
Fax: (419) 243-0955


Anne C. Silagy
1225 So. Main St.
Suite G
North Canton, OH 44720
E-mail: asilagylawfirm@neo.rr.com
Phone: (330)456-0900
Fax: (330) 456-1981


David O. Simon
3659 Green Road, Suite 106
Beachwood, OH 44122 -5715
E-mail: david@simonlpa.com
Phone: (216)621-6201
Fax: (888) 467-4181


Sheldon Stein
400 Terminal Tower
50 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
E-mail: ashl@ix.netcom.com
Phone: (216)696-7449
Fax: (216) 696-5329


Andrew Walter Suhar
MetroTower, Ste 1101, 11 Federal Plaza C
Youngstown, OH 44503 -1576

P.O. Box 1497
Youngstown, OH 44503 -1576
E-mail: asuhar@suharlaw.com
Phone: (330)744-9007
Fax: (330) 744-5857


William L. Swope
610 Tiffin Ave.
Findlay, OH 45840
E-mail: trustee7@sbcglobal.net
Phone: (419)422-0288
Fax: (419)422-4188


Alan Jay Treinish
50 Public Square, Suite 3301
Cleveland, OH 44113
E-mail: alan@treinishlpa.com
Phone: (216) 566-7022
Fax: (216) 566-8751


Waldemar J. Wojcik
The Leader Building, Suite 211
526 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
E-mail: wwojcik@wojciklpa.com
Phone: (216)241-2628
Fax: (216) 621-0408


Richard Glenn Zellers
3810 Starrs Centre Drive
Canfield, OH 44406
E-mail: zellersesq@gmail.com
Phone: (330)702-0780
Fax: (330) 702-0788


Julie K. Zurn
388 South Main Street
Suite 500
Akron, OH 44311
E-mail: jzurn@brouse.com
Phone: (330) 535-5711



E. Hanlin Bavely
8280 Montgomery Road
Suite 110
Cincinnati, OH 45242
E-mail: ehbavely@zoomtown.com
Phone: (513) 621-6621


Amy L. Bostic
1160 Dublin Road, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614)229-4433


Christal L. Caudill
3757 Attucks Drive
Powell, OH 43065
E-mail: clcaudill@caudill-law.com
Phone: (614) 389-4940
Fax: (866) 335-5153


James A. Coutinho
17 S. High St., Suite 1220
Columbus, OH 43215
E-mail: coutinho@asnalaw.com
Phone: (614) 221-8500
Fax: (614) 221-5988


Eileen K. Field
3991 Hamilton-Middletown Road
Suite U
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513)684-9000


Patricia J. Friesinger
33 W. First Street, Suite 200
Dayton, OH 45402
E-mail: friesinger@coollaw.com
Phone: (937) 449-5776


Melissa S. Giberson
52 E. Gay Street
Columbus, OH 43215
E-mail: TrusteeGiberson@vorys.com
Phone: (614) 464-3016


Eric W. Goering
220 West Third Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513)621-0912


Mark Alan Greenberger
7750 Montgomery Road
Suite 205
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Phone: (513)721-5151


Clyde C. Hardesty, III
P.O. Box 731
Newark, OH 43058 -0731
E-mail: Trusteeclyde@roadrunner.com
Phone: (740)344-8375


George P. Leicht
P.O. Box 602
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513)734-4848


William Boyd Logan, Jr.
1160 Dublin Road, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614)229-4449


Larry J. McClatchey
65 East State Street, Ste.1800
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614)462-5463


Henry Edward Menninger, Jr.
2500 Cincinnati Commerce Center
600 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513)852-6033


David L. Mikel
111 S. Plum St.
Troy, OH 45373
Phone: (937) 339-7181
Fax: (937) 552-4330


Richard D. Nelson
250 E. Fifth Street, 12th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513)333-5255


Elliott Polaniecki
9000 Plainfield Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Phone: (513)793-5999
Fax: (513)793-4691


Matthew Schaeffer
10 West Broad Street, Suite 2100
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 229-3289


Norman L. Slutsky
10979 Reed Hartman Highway,
Suite. 212
Cincinnati, OH 45242
E-mail: nslutsky@fuse.net
Phone: (513) 793-5560


Dennis E. Stegner
111 East Cecil Street
Springfield, OH 45504
Phone: (937)322-2161


Brent A. Stubbins
P.O. Box 488
Zanesville, OH 43702
E-mail: bstubbins@swbwlawfirm.com
Phone: (740) 452-8484
Fax: (740)455-4124


Myron N. Terlecky
575 South Third Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614)228-6345
Fax: (614)228-6369


David M. Whittaker
Two Miranova Place
Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215
E-mail: dwhittaker@isaacwiles.com
Phone: (614) 340-7431