Our History

More Than 85 Years of Protecting Creditors' Rights

Weltman, Weinberg and Reis Co., LPA was founded in 1930 as Gardner and Spilka, a practice that focused on assisting local banks and retailers recover debt. In the mid 50’s, when Maurice Weltman became a partner with the Firm, the name changed to Gardner, Spilka and Weltman. With the addition of Maurice’s son, Robert, the firm continued to grow as a creditors' rights centered practice.  

In 1979, the firm became Weltman, Weinberg and Associates Co., LPA, recognizing the contributions made by Alan Weinberg. Alan was primarily responsible for the legal side of the firm, and Robert “Bob” was responsible for the collections side of the firm, setting up the successful combination of a law firm and integrated collection operation.  

In 1994, the firm became Weltman, Weinberg and Reis Co., LPA, to acknowledge the efforts of Allen Reis in developing the Columbus, Ohio office.  

Throughout the years, WWR grew with the rapid changes in the banking industry, expanding its office network to include additional locations in Cincinnati, Grove City & Brooklyn Heights OH, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Pittsburgh & Philadelphia PA, Detroit MI and Chicago IL. The steady growth allows Collections and Credit Risk magazine to recognize WWR as the nation’s largest creditors’ rights law firm, based on revenues and placements.  

Today, WWR operates nine offices directly servicing eight states, in what we call our “footprint” region of the country, along with multiple nationwide attorney network support services. We have the capacity to service large recovery portfolios, down to individual complex collections matters - all focused on helping you manage your business better. 

WWR’s success relies on the hard work and dedication of our staff, comprised of more than 75 attorneys and approximately 650 support staff, in providing a highly effective solution to your debt collections, bankruptcy, real estate default, litigation and collateral recovery matters.

Please contact any one of our Partners, Attorneys, Executive Management or Support staff - we are here to answer your questions and efficiently put the vast resources of our Firm to work for you.