Patrick J. Keating

Of Counsel | Akron


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    Assistant  |  Melisa Parker  :  [email protected]

    About Patrick:

    As a creditors’ rights and bankruptcy attorney, my practice focuses on representing businesses and entrepreneurs who are involved in commercial and credit disputes. In addition to helping purchasers of troubled companies, I assist debtors, creditors, trustees and receivers with bankruptcy and litigation disputes in federal and state courts.


    Due to the insight I have gained from representing both debtors and creditors, I am often able to predict how the various players involved in a financial crisis might react, and the courses of action they might pursue. This experience and knowledge helps me to assist my clients through even the most complex financial issues. However, I encourage clients to consult with me at the first hint of a financial crisis or credit problem so as to avoid a protracted dispute.


    Whether maximizing the recovery for creditors, or minimizing the pain for debtors, my goal is at all times to get the best result for my clients.

    • Represents debtors, creditors, trustees and committees in cases under Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, as well as in non-bankruptcy arena
    • Represents financial institutions and other parties in complex litigation
    • Joined the firm as an associate attorney in 1985; elected as partner in 1990
    • Served as president and CEO of the firm (2008-2009)
    • Served as managing partner of the firm’s Akron office (2004-2008)
    • Vice president of the firm’s board of managers (1997-2003; 2004 -2006)
    • Past co-chair of the Litigation Practice Group
    • Past vice president and treasurer of the law firm’s board of managers
    • Prior to joining Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, Mr. Keating served as law clerk to the Honorable Harold F. White, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Ohio

    • The University of Akron School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1983)
    • Kent State University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1978)


    • Ohio
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (1997-2024)
    • Named Best Lawyers in America® ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the Akron area for Bankruptcy Litigation (2015)
    • Received special recognition for being listed as a Best Lawyers in America® for 15 consecutive years
    • Named Best Lawyers in America® ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the Akron area for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2014)
    • Named Best Lawyers in America® ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the Akron area for Creditor Debtor Rights (2011)
    • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® (2004-2006 and 2009-2024), as voted by his peers
    • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition® for Creditor Debtor Rights (2014)
    • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition® for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights (2011)
    • Recognized in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel® for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights (2009,2010)
    • 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

    • University of Akron School of Law Advancement Council
    • Akron Roundtable, Board of Directors
    • Kent State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Advisory Board Member
      Past Affiliations
    • Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, Board Member
    • Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
    • Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce, Circle of Excellence, Chair
    • American Red Cross, Summit County, Board Member
    • Hudson Community Chapel, Deacon


    • Akron Bar Association
      • Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section
    • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Ohio State Bar Association
      • Litigation, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Sections
    • National Lawyers Association


    • “Real Estate Transactions in Bankruptcy,” Buckingham’s Annual Real Estate & Construction Law Seminar (2009)
    • Panelist: “Thrive, Survive or Nose Dive in 2008: Insights and Advice from Four Industry Veterans,” Quarterly Winter Meeting of the Commercial Financial Association (2008)
    • “Impact of New Bankruptcy Act on Real Estate Practitioners,” Real Property Law Institute of the Columbus Bar Association
    • “Representing a Business in Distress,” Stark County Bar Association Corporate Law Committee
    • “Survivor: Capital Providers Edition,” Commercial Finance Association
    • “Bankruptcy: A Creditor’s Perspective in Ohio,” Lorman Education Services
    • “Bankruptcy: Pitfalls for Small Business Owners,” Greater Akron Chamber Small Business


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