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Jeffrey Craig Toole

Business Attorney at CLEVELAND, OH

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About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Business
    40%
    Represent parties in business and commercial transactions, including going-concern and asset sales, secured credit arrangements, equipment leasing, and work-outs of troubled business loans.

    38 years

  2. Litigation
    35%
    Prosecute and defend complex commercial litigation involving business disputes, in state and federal courts.

    38 years, 200 cases

  3. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    25%
    Represent key stakeholders in Chapter 11 reorganization cases, including business debtors, secured lenders, equipment lessors, landlords, committees, indenture trustees, and individual creditors.

    38 years, 300 cases

Licensed for 37 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/18/2022
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 1985
Updated 01/03/2023

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Bernstein-Burkley, P.C.
Fifth Third Center, Suite 1300
600 SUPERIOR AVENUE E.
CLEVELAND, OH, 441142652

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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bernstein-Burkley, P.C.
  • 2019 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Buckley King LPA
  • 1994 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Barnes & Thornburg
  • 1985 - 1994

Education

  • Cornell Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Kenyon College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Business Reorganization in Chapter 11
  • Preservation of company's business as a going concern and confirmation of Chapter 11 plan
  • Receivership
  • Maximized client lender's recovery from assets of a continuing care retirement community via a state court receiver sale "free and clear of liens."
  • Lender Liability Defense
  • Obtained judgment vindicating regional bank and its affiliate against a borrower's $4.5 million "lender liability" claims, and then successfully defended that judgment on appeal.
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Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • 2006 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Bar Association - Business Law Section; Business Bankruptcy Committee
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Bankruptcy + Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorg. Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorg. Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorg. Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal
  • Clarifying Officers' Fiduciary Duties and Mitigating LLC Members' Liability Risks -- Senate Bill No. 181 Fills Some Gaps and Patches Some Holes
  • 2017
  • ABF Journal
  • Credit Bidding at Bankruptcy Sales: A Powerful Tool, But Not Absolute
  • 2014
  • Properties Magazine
  • Expanding Role of State Court Receivers in Rebirth of Distressed Commercial Properties
  • 2014
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal
  • Law Firm Dissolutions: Is the "Unfinished Business Doctrine" Finished?
  • 2014
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal
  • UCC Article 9: More Than Ten Years Later Traps for the Unwary Still Linger
  • 2012
  • Commercial Law World
  • This Land Isn't Your Land
  • 2012
  • Lease Enforcement Attorney Network
  • What Do You Mean the Lessee Sold My Equipment? It's Mine!
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Commercial Law League of America National Convention
  • Righting the Sinking Ship -- Working Out Problem Loans and Troubled Clients Before it is Too Late
  • 2016
  • William J. O'Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute
  • Everything You Need to Know About Ohio's New Receivership Law
  • 2015
  • Webinar, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Advising the Company's Board of Directors: Fiduciary Duties in Good Times and Bad
  • 2015
  • Webinar, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Working With Financially Troubled Companies
  • 2014
  • Commercial Law League of America National Convention
  • When Receiverships and Bankruptcy Collide: How Can You Use the Pre-Petition Appointment of a Receiver to Your Advantage?
  • 2014
  • Webinar, Ohio State Bar Association
  • What Happens in a Workout? - Forbearance, Restructuring and Other Alternatives to Work Out Defaulted Commercial Loans
  • 2013
  • Ohio CPA Not-for-Profit Leadership Symposium
  • Financial Stress and Distress - What Are Your Options?
  • 2011
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CLEVELAND Business Lawyer Jeffrey Craig Toole
Jeffrey Craig Toole
Business Attorney
CLEVELAND, OH
Licensed for 37 years