John L. Reyes

  • Areas of Practice

    • Litigation
    • Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy
    • Finance & Public Law

I am a business litigation attorney with over 35 years of experience practicing law. I represent business owners with complex commercial and product liability issues.

 

Clients often turn to me for advice before a matter requires litigation. However, when an issue is heading to, and must be settled in the courthouse, I am my clients’ first phone call. They trust that I have the knowledge and experience to loyally defend their matters in an effective and professional manner.

 

I view my job as providing a first-rate service to my clients, while implementing a practical and efficient approach to problem-solving. I will offer that same level of service and dedication to your own unique legal needs.

john Reyes

  • Experience
      • Works primarily in the areas of creditor bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, secured transactions, toxic tort defense, asbestos litigation, general commercial litigation and public law
      • Represents clients in bankruptcy matters and general commercial litigation
      • Joined the firm as an associate in 1978; was elected partner in 1985
      • SUBSTANTIAL DECISIONS:
      • Great Northern Savings Co. v. Ingarra, 66 Ohio St. 2d 503 (1981) (Due on Sale Clauses)
      • Mack v. Polson Rubber Co., 14 Ohio St. 3d 34 (1984) (Disputed Settlement Agreement - Right to a Hearing)
      • In re: Phillip Lee Gardner, 810 F. 2d 87 (6th Cir. 1987) (Bankruptcy Appellate Court Jurisdiction and Insurance Policy Exclusions
      • In re: Arter & Hadden, L.L.P., U.S. Bkcy. Ct. No. 03-23293
      • S.H.A.R.K., et al. v. Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, et al., U.S. Dist. Ct. No. 06-4009, (6th Cir. 2007),
      • Erness H. Jandreau v. Alfa Laval USA, Inc., et al., E.D. PA 2:09-91859-ER (2012) (Continuing Validity of Lohrmann Test in Mesothelioma Cases).
  • Education & Admissions
      • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (J.D., 1978)
      • The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio (B.S., summa cum laude, 1975)
    • Admissions
      • Ohio Bar
  • Awards & Honors
      • Named Best Lawyers in America® ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the Akron area (2019)
      • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (2007-2019)
      • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® (2004-2006, 2015-2016), as voted by his peers
      • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™, which is the highest possible rating in both legal and ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar
      • Recipient: American Jurisprudence Award (Excellence in the study of Constitutional Law)
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
      • Member: Rotary Club of Akron
      • Member: Rotary District 6630 District Governor Nominee 2019-2020
      • Adjunct Instructor: The University of Akron, School of Law
      • Member, Board of Trustees: St. Luke Lutheran Community Foundation
      • Member/Vice-Chair: Summit County Board of Building Appeals
      • Member: National Parks and Recreation Association
      • Member, Board of Trustees, American Red Cross, Summit/Portage/Medina Counties
      • Member: St. John/St. Paul Lutheran Church Endowment Fund Board
        Past Affiliations
      • Vice-President: Akron Rotary Foundation
      • Assistant Governor, Rotary District 6630, District 6630 Finance Committee, District 6630 Executive Committee, District 6630 By-Laws Committee, District 6630 Grants Committee, District 6630 GSE Team
      • Member, Executive Committee: Stewart’s Caring Place
      • Chair: Summit County Planning Commission, Long Range Planning Sub-Committee
      • Chair: Summit County Planning Commission, Rules Committee
      • Member, Board of Trustees: Pastoral Counseling Service
      • Member: Summit County Planning Commission
      • Member, Board of Trustees: Lawrence School
      • Member, Board of Trustees: Walsh Jesuit High School
      • Member: Downtown Akron Partnership
      • Member, Board of Trustees; Secretary to the Board; and Co-Chair, Development Committee: Stewart’s Caring Place
    • Associations
      • Member: Akron Bar Association
      • Past Member: Board of Trustees
      • Past Chair: Federal Courts Committee
      • Member: American Bar Association
      • Member: Commercial and Bankruptcy Section
      • Member: Ohio State Bar Association
      • Member: Bankruptcy, Banking and Commercial Law Committees
      • Member: Stark County Bar Association
      • Past Chair: Federal Courts Committee
  • Presentations & Publications
    • <strong>Presentations:</strong> <ul> <li>“Bankruptcy: A Creditor’s Perspective in Ohio”</li> <li>National Institute of Trial Advocacy Basic Deposition Seminar, Great Lakes Region</li> <li>“Risk Management,” Ohio Parks &amp; Recreation Association</li> <li>“Risk Management and Fiduciary Responsibilities,” Ohio Youth Soccer Association - North Annual Meeting (2013)</li> </ul> <strong>Publications:</strong> <ul> <li>“Real Property Foreclosures in Ohio” (1987)</li> </ul>