Harry W. Greenfield

Harry W. Greenfield

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Buckley King LPA
 | 1400 Fifth Third Center, 600 Superior Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-685-4737
Fax: 216-579-1020
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1970
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (50%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (40%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a nationally ranked master swimming champion, Harry knows the importance of setting goals and the preparation and tenacity necessary to meet those goals.

Harry approaches each matter with zeal and a fresh perspective. He can mastermind a plan and follow it through to success. He handles matters in the Ohio state and federal courts involving receiverships, mechanic’s liens, collections, foreclosures, lease defaults, and issues under the Uniform Commercial Code on behalf of both corporate debtors and creditors, including: commercial lessors; financial institutions; financially-distressed businesses; financing companies; lessees; official creditors' committees; secured lenders; and trustees in bankruptcy. He also represents both purchasers and sellers of businesses.

Harry is Certified as a Specialist in Business Bankruptcy as well as in Creditors' Rights Law by the American Board of Certification.

White Papers

  • This Land Isn't Your Land (2012) - Equipment and real estate lessors - and commercial real estate tenants - can get caught in a difficult gray area in bankruptcy cases. Find out how to protect (and keep) property.

  • What Do You Mean The Lesee Sold My Equipment? It's Mine! (2011) - “What do you mean that my equipment was sold?” “Can’t I sue the seller for conversion?” “Why don’t we seize the equipment from the company that bought it, because they haven’t paid me for it?” These are some of the frantic questions you might ask your attorney if you do not pay close attention to bankruptcy court papers you get in the mail and find out (after-the-fact) that a lessee filed bankruptcy and sold the equipment it leased from you to somebody else -- and then paid all or most of the proceeds to other creditors, and only some (or none) of the proceeds to you.

  • Certificates and Credentials

    About Harry Greenfield

    Admitted: 1970, Ohio

    Professional Webpage: http://www.buckleyking.com/attorney-bio-detail/harry-w-green...


    • The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have personally and professionally contributed to the corporate renewal industry throughout the course of their careers, Lifetime Achievement Award, Turnaround Management Association (Cleveland Chapter), 2014
    • America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law, Chambers USA, 2013
    • XXIII Class Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy, 2012
    • President's Cup for Meritorious Service, Commerical Law League of America, 2000
    • Top  Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Magazine
    • Top Attorneys in Ohio
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy Litigation, Woodward/White, Inc.
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Woodward/White, Inc.
    • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification, 1985
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Ohio - Admitted to Practice
    • Certified Specialist in Creditors' Rights Law by the American Board of Certification

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Board of Certification of Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights - Emeritus Director; Former Chairman, 2003
    • Commercial Law League of America - Journal and Bulletin, Matthew Bender Commercial Damages, Editor; Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section, Chairman; Midwest Region, Chairman; Former Board of Governors, 1999
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Past Chair; Former Board of Trustees, 1979
    • Turnaround Management Association - Member
    • Lease Enforcement Attorney Network - Member
    • Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Member
    • Association for Corporate Growth - Member
    • Ohio State Bar Association
    • INSOL International - Former Board of Directors
    • American Bar Association
    • American Bankruptcy Institute

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Ohio University - Visiting Professor, 2015
    • U.S. Masters Swim Club - Member; Financial Committee; Review Committee
    • Lake Erie Local Masters Swim Club - Board Member, Vice Chair
    • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law - Adjunct Professor, Business Bankruptcy
    • Ohio Masters Swim Club - Board Member

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • A Bankruptcy Panel, Panelist, Turnaround Management Association, 2012
    • Lessee Bankruptcy: Current Issues for Lessors and Lenders, Co-Presenter, Lease Enforcement Attorney Network, 2012
    • Cracking the (Bankruptcy) Code - An In-Depth Practice Oriented Approach to Familiar Topics, Presenter, William J. O'Neill Bankruptcy Institute - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2012
    • This Land Isn't Your Land: equipment and real estate lessors - and commercial real estate tenants - can get caught in a difficult ownership gray area in bankruptcy cases. Find out how to protect (and keep) property., Co-Author, Commercial Law World, 2012
    • What Do You Mean the Lessee Sold My Equipment? It's Mine!, Co-Author, Lease Enforcement Attorney Network, 2011
    • Financial Stress and Distress - What Are Your Options?, Co-Presenter, Ohio CPA Not-For-Profit Leadership Symposium, 2011


    • Represented an Ohio subsidiary of a Canadian company in its Chapter 11, successfully conducting a sale of the assets, avoiding the liquidation of the Canadian parent, and allowing the subsidiary to continue profitable operations less $3 million of debt.
    • Represented seller of real estate and mortgage holder against a Chapter 11 debtor, successfully working to confirm a plan of reorganization providing for significant covenants which were breached by the debtor, resulting in seller reacquiring the real estate with a significant tenant in place.
    • Represented hotel chain in bankruptcy, successfully reaching confirmation of a reorganization plan over the objection of many creditors, which resulted in a significant pay-out to unsecured creditors and the company continuing operations on a reduced scale.
    • Represented contractor in highly-contentious dispute with bank, successfully obtaining approval of a plan of reorganization, and resulting in the company continuing operations after confirmation.
    • Represented contractor in highly-contentious dispute with bank, successfully obtaining approval of a plan of reorganization, and resulting in the company continuing operations after confirmation.
    • Represented bank in its $30 million claim against airport security firm in Chapter 11, obtaining 100% recovery of its loan.
    • Represented creditors' committee in Chapter 11, convincing mezzanine lender to waive its claim to avoid litigation, resulting in a recovery to unsecured creditors.

    Educational Background:

    • Ohio University, BBA, 1967
    Office Location for Harry W. Greenfield

    1400 Fifth Third Center
    600 Superior Avenue East
    Cleveland, OH 44114

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    Last Updated: 8/1/2018

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