Larry R. Rothenberg

  • At a Glance
  • Credentials
  • Affiliations
  • Publications & Presentations

Larry R. Rothenberg is a Shareholder in the firm’s Real Estate Default Group who focuses on residential and commercial real estate, complex foreclosures, evictions, and title insurance issues. He is a seasoned presenter and author on topics concerning foreclosure and the mortgage servicing industry, and his work has been published in several nationally-distributed industry magazines and online publications. He has been recognized in 13 editions of Ohio Super Lawyers (2004-05, 2008-18), and is AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics. 

Mr. Rothenberg currently serves as Chairman of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Foreclosure Procedures Committee, and has previously served as Chairman of the Real Estate Section. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Legal and Financial Network. He received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, and his B.B.A. summa cum laude from Ohio University. He is licensed in Ohio, and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Practice Areas:

Real Estate Default
Foreclosure & Eviction
Commercial Collections
Real Property

Honors & Distinctions:

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated Attorney
Ohio Super Lawyers (2004-05, 2008-18)

Bar Admissions:

Ohio (1978)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (1978)
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (1986)


J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (1978)
B.B.A., summa cum laude, Business Administration, Ohio University (1975)

Professional Affiliations:

American Legal and Financial Network
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association: Chairman of the Foreclosure Procedures Committee; Former Chair of the Real Estate Section
Mortgage Servicing Society of Northeast Ohio: Former President
Ohio State Bar Association

Firm News:

December 12, 2017
Four Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA Attorneys Named to the 2018 List of Ohio Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

December 5, 2016
Seven Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA Attorneys Named to the 2017 List of Ohio Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

February 2, 2016
WWR Attorneys Among 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

December 04, 2014
WWR Attorneys Receive Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Recognition

December 03, 2013
Five Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA Partners Named Ohio Super Lawyers

December 20, 2012
WWR Attorneys Recognized as Ohio Super Lawyers & Ohio Rising Stars

October 22, 2010
WWR Partner Authors Two Sections in Ohio Foreclosure Book

January 27, 2010
2010 Ohio Super Lawyers

April 26, 2010
WWR Partner Larry R. Rothenberg Recognized as a Top Real Estate Lawyer in Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers Magazine


April 27, 2017
Can a Mortgage Holder with a Defectively-Executed Mortgage Assignment Succeed in a Foreclosure Case?

September 13, 2016
What Do the Revisions to Ohio's Foreclosure Procedures Mean for Creditors?

June 2, 2016
Revisions to Ohio's Foreclosure Procedures Are Coming Soon

March 23, 2016
Congress Extends Foreclosure Relief for Servicemembers on Active Duty through 2017

March 22, 2016
Mortgage Servicer Successfully Wields Bona Fide Error Defense Against FDCPA Claim: Would Your Procedures Hold Up, Too?

January 6, 2016
Loss Mitigation Agreements and the Statute of Frauds

December 29, 2015
Death of an Ohio Survivorship Owner, and Due Diligence by the Mortgage Holder

November 19, 2015
Ohio's Proposed Foreclosure Fast-Track Legislation

August 28, 2015
An Analysis of Ohio's Proposed Deed-in-Lieu and Leaseback Program

April 15, 2015
Cuyahoga County's New Requirement Regarding Escrow Advances

September 08, 2014
Borrowers Need to be Made Aware of Mortgage Relief Scams

March 10, 2014
The Statute of Frauds and Loss Mitigation: The Requirement for a Signed Writing

December 02, 2013
The Impact of Ohio HB 201

August 27, 2013
Does a Borrower Have a Right to a Notice of Default and an Opportunity to Cure Non-Monetary Defaults?

August 13, 2013
A Cure for the Missing or Defective Assignment of Mortgage: The Doctrine of Equitable Assignment in Ohio

July 16, 2013
Can a Municipal Ordinance Give Superpriority for Municipal Code Enforcement Liens?

May 02, 2013
City Ordinances Outdoing Federal Legislation to Benefit Renters at Lenders' Expense

May 02, 2013
The Post-Closing Solvency Covenant as a Carveout in Nonrecourse Commercial Mortgage Loans

April 19, 2013
Youngstown Ohio's Draconian Vacant Property Ordinance

February 08, 2013
In Search of a Defense to Foreclosure: The Notice of Default, and HUD’s Face-to Face Meeting Requirement

December 27, 2012
Ohio Foreclosure Plaintiffs' Standing to Sue: A Conservative Approach

November 14, 2012
Ohio S.B. 388 Would Clarify Receivers’ Sales as a Preferable Alternative to Sheriff’s Sales

November 01, 2012
An Ohio Foreclosure Plaintiff's Standing as the Real Party in Interest Must be Established as of the Time of Filing the Complaint

July 03, 2012
Title Insurance for Commercial Tenants - A Worthwhile Investment

May 24, 2012
Ohio "Charging Orders" are a Judgment Creditor's Sole Remedy

April 03, 2012
Newspaper in Coshocton County, Ohio, Suspends Publication of Foreclosure Sales

March 08, 2012
The Burden of Proof in Case of a Lost Note

January 18, 2012
Cuyahoga County Judge's Standing Order on Foreclosures

June 21, 2011
Deeds-In-Lieu of Foreclosure, The Deficiency and Zombie Notes

February 18, 2011
The Critical Importance of a Coordinated Collection and Loss Mitigation Effort

February 17, 2011
New York Bankruptcy Court Strikes at the Heart of MERS

January 15, 2011
Can a Court Force a Conveyance to an Unwilling Foreclosure Plaintiff? Ohio Court of Appeals Case Says “No”

December 10, 2010
New Court Requirements for Foreclosures in Ohio Present Serious Concerns

November 02, 2010
Ohio’s Attorney General and the Foreclosure Affidavit Problem

September 01, 2010
Receiver’s Sales As An Alternative To Foreclosure Sales In Ohio

August 27, 2010
Will An In-House Underwriter for Mortgage Loans in Florida Need a License?

August 02, 2010
Can A Housing Court Judge Award Damages to a Neighbor for an Owner's Failure to Repair Their REO?

July 23, 2010
The Impact of the New Federal Financial Reform Legislation on Post-Foreclosure Evictions

July 21, 2010
The “Ohio Planned Community Law” Becomes Effective September 10, 2010

June 28, 2010
Reiterating The Importance of Serving a Notice of Default Prior to Acceleration of Mortgage Loans in Ohio

June 21, 2010
Ohio House Bill Would Require Additional Costs for Publication of Notices in Foreclosure Cases

June 17, 2010
Summit County, Ohio’s New Rule Regarding Service of Summons


February 7, 2018
Mortgage Loan Modifications – What is the Risk of Loss of Lien Priority?

November 16, 2017
Life After Death: Ohio Mortgage Creditors' Rights After a Borrower's Death

September 19, 2017
The Equitable Exception to the Automatic Bankruptcy Stay


May 18, 2017
"Foreclosure and Loss Mitigation: Can You Improve Your Recovery?" WWR Webinar

May 2017
Real Estate Law Boot Camp

October 13, 2016
"Ohio House Bill 390's New Foreclosure Options for Mortgage Servicers" WWR Webinar

September 2015
"Issues in Post-Foreclosure Possessory Actions, Receiverships, and Deeds-in-Lieu of Foreclosure under Ohio Law," National Business Institute Seminar

September 2014
"Foreclosure Compliance Issues," National Business Institute Seminar


Larry R. Rothenberg 

Phone: 216.685.1135
Fax: 216.363.4034