The biggest challenges Don tackles for his clients are the ones they don’t know about yet.
Practicing in commercial and consumer collections, Don brings more than 25 years of experience to the firm. He aims to bring a “concierge level service” to his clients, who are typically the decision makers from large financial institutions to small family businesses. Focusing primarily on complex claims, his matters typically include high balance contested matters that involve a blend of legal action and collection work.
Don is an active member of the legal community and the creditors' rights industry. He is also a frequent presenter on a variety of topics, including the collections of transportation claims, B2B receivables, and collection best practices. Don is the managing attorney for the firm’s downtown Cleveland, Ohio office, where he is responsible for spearheading office-specific initiatives that help shape the culture of the firm.
In his free time, Don enjoys live theater, sporting events, hiking, golfing, playing cards, and long car rides. He is an auto enthusiast, and loves anything with an engine.
Honors & Distinctions
Martindale-Hubbell BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated Attorney
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (1998)
J.D., cum laude, Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1995)
MBA, with honors, Cleveland State University James J. Nance College of Business (1995)
B.A., cum laude, Cleveland State University (1991)
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association: Bar Admissions Committee, Lawyer Fee Dispute Committee Member
Commercial Collection Agencies of America: Member
Commercial Law League of America: Former Member of the Government Affairs Committee, Former Chair of the FDCPA/CFPB Committee
International Association of Commercial Collectors: Membership Authentication Committee Member
Lake County Bar Association: Grievance Committee Member
Northern Ohio Credit Association: Member
“The Highway to Recoveries - Collecting & Litigating Transportation Claims,” Commercial Law League of America Western Region Conference, Universal City, CA (September 21, 2018)
“Collecting From a Business,” National Business Institute Seminar, Cleveland, OH (October 23, 2017)
“Collections HR: Unique Challenges of Managing Human Resources In This Industry,” Commercial Law League of America/International Association of Commercial Collectors 2017 Mid-Year Collection Conference, Seattle, WA (July 15, 2017)
“The Telephone Consumer Protection Act: Who, What, When, Where,” Commercial Law League of America 123rd National Convention, Chicago, IL (April 7, 2017)