Matthew T. Schaeffer, Associate

Matthew T. Schaeffer
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Matthew's practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, debtor/creditor rights, bankruptcy, corporate reorganization and workouts, and commercial matters. He has experience representing chapter 11 debtors, financial institutions, trustees, and a variety of secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, litigation, and workouts. Matthew also has considerable experience representing businesses in a variety of non-bankruptcy matters. He has been with Bailey Cavalieri LLC since its founding, and he was formerly with Arter & Hadden.

Noteworthy Experience

  • Represented a national mortgage lender as debtor's counsel in its liquidating Chapter 11.
  • Prevailed in a motion to disallow more than $50 million of class action claims filed in bankruptcy court.
  • Represented a major secured lender in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of an oil and gas producer.
  • Represented a publicly-held furniture retailer as debtor's counsel in a liquidating Chapter 11.
  • Represented the creditors committee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a mobile phone carrier. The debtor listed assets in excess of $1 billion, and creditors filed claims in excess of $2.7 billion.
  • Represented a bank in the prosecution of fraudulent transfers to a trust characterized as "creditor proof" and obtained a settlement favorable to the bank.
  • Represented, as debtors' counsel in Chapter 11, a publicly-held manufacturer in the metal coil processing industry. The business operations were sold in chapter 11, preserving jobs and the economic activity of the business.
  • Represented a major secured lender in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of companies operating more than 130 gas stations and convenience stores.
  • Represented an equipment lessor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a corporate guarantor of a failed water park.
  • Represented a municipality in a variety of matters, including the dischargeability in bankruptcy of local income taxes.
  • Represented an apartment complex as debtor's counsel in a successful Chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Represented lenders in bankruptcy and workout matters.
  • Represented a cemetery in wrongful burial litigation.
  • Represented bankruptcy trustees in various litigation matters.
  • Prosecuted and/or defended hundreds of adversary proceedings on various issues, including fraudulent conveyances, preferential transfers, and turnover actions.
  • Prosecuted non-dischargeability actions.
  • Involved in various litigation matters, including insurance disputes, fiduciary accounts, leveraged buy-out, valuation, automatic stay matters, and plan confirmation issues.
  • Litigated cases in state and federal trial courts and appellate courts.
  • Represented parties in litigation concerning contractual disputes, ERISA defense, commercial collections, foreclosures, and non-compete contracts.
  • Completed the mediator training course co-sponsored by the Columbus Bar Association.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • "The Waiver Provisions of the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act," 24 Capital Univ. Law Rev. 257 (1996).
  • "The Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure in Ohio," National Business Institute.
  • "Judgment Enforcement in Ohio," Lorman Education Services.
  • “The Ordinary Course of Business Exception After BAPCPA,” American Bankruptcy Law Forum.

Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio, Local Rules Committee Member
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio, Pro Bono Project Member
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio, Judicial Liaison Committee Member
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio, Mediation Subcommittee Member
  • Columbus Bar Association, Bankruptcy Committee Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Champaign County Bar Association, Member
  • Thomas F. Waldron American Bankruptcy Law Forum Member
  • Columbus Bar Association, Military Assistance Task Force
  • Board of Trustees of Catholic Central Schools, Springfield, Ohio
  • Lecturer, Street Law, Columbus City Schools
  • Volunteer Tutor, Columbus City Schools

Professional Recognition

  • Rising Star, Journal of Law & Politics
  • Recognized as "Top Lawyer" by Columbus CEO Magazine, 2016

Education

  • Capital University School of Law (J.D., cum laude)
  • Order of the Curia
  • Capital University Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Recipient, J. Andrew Fulker Memorial Scholarship
  • Named to the National Dean's List
  • Ohio State University, (B.A. Political Science)