The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) has appointed Justin Ristau ’99 the chair of the Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee. In total, 23 Columbus-area lawyers were named chairpersons of OSBA committees and sections for 2009-2010. The OSBA maintains 41 standing committees and 11 sections, each of which monitors a particular area of law. Committees and sections work to improve the justice system by keeping Ohio lawyers informed about the latest court decisions and regulatory changes. In addition, they comment on bills before the Ohio General Assembly and draft their own legislative proposals to improve existing laws.
Ristau, the vice chair of Bricker & Eckler LLP’s Creditor Rights & Bankruptcy Group, earned a B.A. in political science and was a member of the Hobart Statesmen soccer team. Following graduation from Hobart, he earned his law degree from University of Cincinnati College of Law. He currently represents financial institutions in matters involving the full range of complex federal, state and common law issues that arise in the context of consumer financing and residential mortgage lending.
He also defends residential mortgage lenders and servicers against affirmative claims brought in state court, bankruptcy court, district court, and on appeal. In addition, Ristau represents clients in cases involving bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, commercial foreclosure, workout and reorganization, usually representing secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases, adversary proceedings, and bankruptcy appellate proceedings, as well as in pre-litigation workout and state court commercial foreclosure and receivership proceedings.