John A. Polinko, Esq.

Litigation • Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights & Insolvency Litigation • Real Estate & Construction

Mr. Polinko is a member of the Litigation Department, primarily representing debtors, creditors, liquidating trustees and court-appointed receivers in business reorganization matters, including out-of-court work-outs, and receiverships. Mr. Polinko has also represented both debtors and Unsecured Creditors’ Committees in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings nationwide.

Additionally, Mr. Polinko has extensive experience in representing banks and lending institutions in all aspects of commercial and bankruptcy litigation. He has argued before the Ohio Supreme Court, in addition to numerous Courts of Appeal in the State of Ohio. Mr. Polinko is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law).

Practice Focus:
Business Restructuring and Bankruptcy
Creditors’ Committees
Debtor Representation
Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions:
2001 – State of Ohio
2002 – United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
2003 – United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
2004 – United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
2012 – United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

1996 The Ohio State University (B.A.)
2001 The University of Akron School of Law (J.D.)

Professional & Civic Affiliations:
Ohio State Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
American Bar Association
Turnaround Management Association
Smiles for Sophie Forever Foundation
i9 Sports, Youth Sports Programs (Volunteer Instructor)

Recognitions & Awards:
Turnaround Management Association’s “Turnaround of the Year” Award (2016)
The Best Lawyers in America© (2018)

Author – Articles:

“What Is ‘Investment Plus’? Understanding a Private Equity Fund’s Liability for a Portfolio Company’s Pension Shortfall”, Willamette Management Associates Insights, Winter 2014.

Speaking Engagements:

“Judgment Enforcement in Ohio”, Independence, Ohio (November 7, 2008).

Contact Information:
Direct (440) 695-8041
Fax (440) 695-8098