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Paul Howard Spaeth

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Dayton, OH

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Paul Spaeth, Paul H. Spaeth

  • Licensed for 40 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

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Paul H. Spaeth began practicing bankruptcy law in 1988 as a staff attorney for a government agency that monitors and oversees the bankruptcy process. In 1990, he joined a Dayton area law firm, where he represented individuals and businesses, both debtors and creditors, in bankruptcy and business law. In 1997, Mr. Spaeth opened his current law practice, focusing primarily upon bankruptcy law and business law. He has received the highest peer rating of “AV” through the Martindale-Hubbell rating process. Mr. Spaeth has written and spoken on bankruptcy topics over the years, including at conferences sponsored by the Bankruptcy Institute of the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar (Cincinnati, Ohio), the Bench-Bar Conference of the Dayton Bar Association (Dayton, Ohio) and the American Bankruptcy Law Forum (Dayton, Ohio). He has served as the Chair of the Debtor/Creditor/Bankruptcy Committee of the Dayton Bar Association and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Bankruptcy Law Forum. Mr. Spaeth also has served as a member of the Local Rules Committee (Consumer Subcommittee) of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio and is a Fellow of the Dayton Bar Foundation and of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. He is a graduate of Miami University (cum laude) and the Ohio State University College of Law. When he’s not practicing law, Mr. Spaeth enjoys playing jazz piano in a local big band, cycling and reading.

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Paul H. Spaeth Co., LPA.
7925 Paragon Road
Suite 101
Dayton, OH, 45458


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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Chapter 7
I just completed the process of filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The bankruptcy was discharged recently. This particular attorney had good communication very thorough and attention to detail. As A result I had a successful outcome and will save money moving forward.
Posted by Sharon | February 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Spaeth
Was very Professional. I found him to be highly knowledgeable of the bankruptcy law. I would recommend him to anyone needing to file bankruptcy.
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
I used Paul Spaeth as my attorney and he was excellent. He was very thorough, professional, and always answered my questions in a timely manner. He was organized and explained the process with detail from start to finish. If I didn’t understand something or had questions, Paul always returned my call quickly. Paul’s experience and expertise makes him an excellent choice when choosing an attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2019
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Very Knowledgeable and Responsive
Mr. Spaeth was very knowledgeable and responsive and assisted us through the entire process. I would recommend him highly.
Posted by Jesse | February 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
Paul is an incredible lawyer. His communication was always timely and he did a great job of preparing me on what to expect. He was very clear about what he needed to do the best job for me and gave clear timelines. He made an uncomfortable situation much more easy to handle and helped keep me calm. Paul has an outstanding knowledge of the law and always knew what to recommend for my case. All in all, I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Jeff | June 21, 2013
Got on top of the situation and knew just how to get it resolved thats what I want in a attorney thank you again and job well done.
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2013
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Mr. Spaeth was very respectful and non-judgmental during the stressful time of having to file bankruptcy. He was efficient and got down to the needed details without being over whelming. My failed business venture took be down a complicated path of back taxes and liens which were organized and addresses effectively by him and his staff in a timely manner. After the bankruptcy was filed he was always available for additional questions and concerns.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Paul H. Spaeth Co., L.P.A.
  • 1997 - Present
  • Chapter 7 Panel Trustee
  • Chapter 7 Panel Trustee
  • 1997 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling Co, LPA
  • 1990 - 1997
  • Attorney
  • U. S. Dept. Of Justice/Office Of The U.S. Trustee
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society of Columbus
  • 1983 - 1988
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  • Ohio State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • B.A.
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • Spaeth v. Countrywide Homes Loans Inc. (In re Highland), 2010 Bankr LEXIS 2474 (Bankr SD OH 2010)
  • Ruling in favor of Trustee, affirmed on appeal and ultimately settled
  • Spaeth v. Day Air Credit Union (in re Motorwerks), 50 Bankr. Ct Dec 250 (Bankr SD OH 2008)
  • Motion to dismiss filed by credit union denied by Court.
  • Rieser v. Brownmor Co. (In re Pyper Constr), 2007 LEXIS 1642 (Bankr. SD OH 2007)
  • Judgment in favor of Defendant.
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  • Dayton Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2015 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • 2000 - Present
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Law Forum
  • Member, Board of Trustees
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Local Rules Committee (Consumer), Bankr Ct SD Ohio
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • 2006 - 2015
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Bankruptcy Committee
  • 1990 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Client Champion Gold
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020


  • Successful Judgment Collections in Ohio (National Business Institute)
  • "The Automatic Stay"
  • 1997
  • How to Get Results in Collection of Delinquent Debts in Ohio (National Business Institute)
  • "Bankruptcy and Debt Collection"
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • American Bankruptcy Law Forum
  • Chapter 7 Trustee Procedures in the COVID-19 Era
  • 2020
  • Bankruptcy Institute, Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Dischargeability Issues from the Perspective of the Chapter 7 Trustee
  • 2014
  • American Bankruptcy Law Forum
  • Attorney Blogs (Ethics)
  • 2014
  • Bench-Bar Conference, Dayton Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Issues
  • 2007
  • Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Conference
  • Bankruptcy/Trustee Issues
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
Endorse Paul
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is an excellent bankruptcy attorney. His approach is thorough and practical and his judgement is respected by the entire bar, both creditors and debtors. He is a true professional in every sense of the word. I recommend him without reservation."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is an exceptional attorney. As a Chapter 7 panel trustee, Paul has a keen insight into Chapter 7 bankruptcy and is able to provide this insight and other experience to his clients. You will be well served by Paul."
Bankruptcy and debt
Chapter 7 bankruptcy

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Dayton Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Paul Howard Spaeth
Paul Howard Spaeth
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Dayton, OH
Licensed for 40 years