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Michael Hart Shaut

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Shaker Heights, OH

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  • State Years
    Ohio - OH 42 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 45 years
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1978
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

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Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    Former banking attorney managing bankruptcy and debt restructuring. Handled court aspects of bankruptcies as well as debt restructurings. Launched three finance companies.

    46 years, 500 cases

  2. Business
    Formed and advised numerous companies on general business and risk management issues.

    43 years, 100 cases

  3. Contracts and agreements
    Have negotiated, drafted, and reviewed contracts and agreements covering all types of transactions in business, trusts, real estate, partnerships, and funds.

    46 years, 301 cases

  4. Energy and utilities
    Launched a solar renewable energy company and performed all the legal, finance, and project work.

    15 years, 120 cases

  5. Real estate
    Have bought, sold, financed, leased, and managed property in multiple jurisidictions.

    43 years

  6. Mergers and acquisitions
    Negotiated and drafted deals to buy and sell dozens of businesses.

    37 years

Since Graduation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977, I have taken and passed the bar, and practiced in five States: Virginia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, New Mexico and Ohio.  I have worked for the government, for  large and small corporations, for non-profit organizations, and for individual clients.  I am a zealous advocate for my clients, encouraging them to move toward a prompt, efficient solution to whatever problem they may face.  I am an avid skier, golfer, musician, and love being helpful to others at a time of need.

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Posted by Mohamed | September 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Betrayed me , Worked with my opponent against me in Marriage Dissolution Case
I first consulted with Mr Shaut then I hired him in Marriage dissolution case . He first acted as a great guy , talking nice with smooth promises. Once Hired , The whole game changed . He ignored my calls in the most important times . While making the marriage dissolution agreement , he just left his Assistant to do the work , and they lost my file information sending me wrong documents and asking for signatures!!!. And whatis even more suspicious comes next!!. when my wife asked me to talk to my lawyer to feel comfortable , I have explain to Mr Shaut that she is up to something suspicious and asked him to be carefull and update me with anything suspisious from her end . Then he ending up talking my Opponent (Wife and her attorney) not only one time as I asked but many times , and he gave them information and agreen light that make it easy and simple for my wife to withdraw almost all the money in our joint bank account instead of making sure that doesnot happen . Even more , he dealt with my wife and her attorney and change the supposed deal in the dissolution agreement for her interest ??!!.Instead of sending me the documents to review first , he sent to my wife ( Even though I am the client and asked not to send her anything before My review first) Even though in my consultation I explained to him a lot that my wife will try to trick him and will try to abuse the agreement . He never advice me of what I should do property, how to protect my money and my rights .He never alert me of her and her attorney's calls to him . My wife with her attorney's and Mr Michael Shaut' s help was able to just take all the money she want before been commited to our agreement ( WHich he never put as I Exlained ) . SHe was able to call him and talk and discuss and get what she wants, and when I called to fix their mistkes ( or probably the deliberately plotting) And I am the client not her!!. He rejected my calls , messages nd even the Notes left to his assistance to quickly retireve the mistakes!! .And when I was trying to talk to him after I lost all my money even before divorce been filed , he finally answer my calls and yelled at me , and said "YOU CAN HIRE ANOTEHR ATTRONEY IF YOU WANT, IT IS NOT MY MISTAKE YOUR WIFE TOOK THE MONEY " . Not sure who was he representing ? Me or my opponent wife ??? He simply used my membership plan to get paid , but he worked effectively for my wife and her attorney . I don't recommend this lawyer at all costs .
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  • Hourly Rates $ 100-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Corporate Counsel
  • AmeriTrust Company, NA
  • 1980 - 1992


  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Colgate University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972


  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - 1990

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Ernst and Young
  • Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year - Cleveland
  • 2005


  • American Criminal Law Review
  • The Mandamus of Prosecutorial Discretion
  • 1976

Speaking Engagements

  • Lunch and Learn CLE
  • Financing Solar Energy Installations
  • 2014

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Shaker Heights Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Michael Hart Shaut
Michael Hart Shaut
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Shaker Heights, OH
Licensed for 45 years