Douglas L. Lutz

T 513.651.6724
F 513.651.6981
301 East Fourth Street
Great American Tower, Suite 3300
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Doug is a member of Frost Brown Todd and is the former chair of the firm's Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group.  His practice is primarily focused on financial and restructuring mainly in the areas of bankruptcy and out-of-court workouts.  Doug frequently represents corporate debtors, secured creditors, creditor's committees, ad hoc committees, landlords, unsecured creditors, distressed investors and trustees in multimillion-dollar bankruptcy cases and out-of-court workouts.  He also represents purchasers of businesses and business assets from financially distressed companies.

Doug has acted as the Trustee in the liquidation of a securities broker-dealer under the Securities Investor Protection Act.  In addition to his financial restructuring practice, he also represents several closely held corporations with regard to general business, commercial and real estate issues.  Doug is listed in the bankruptcy section of the 2007 through 2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®, including Cincinnati Lawyer of the Year-Bankruptcy (Litigation) for 2019; recognized by Chambers USA Bankruptcy and Restructuring 2009-2018; Law and Politics Magazine Ohio Rising Stars® in 2005 and Ohio Super Lawyers® in 2007 through 2018.

Doug currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute as Vice President of Education.


Chapter 11 Debtor Representation:
Petro Acquisitions, Inc. (d/b/a AmeriStop Food Mart)
SAI Holdings, Inc.
Horizon Natural Resources, Inc.
HealthEssentials Solutions, Inc.
Ochs Industries, Inc.
Orchem, Inc.
Federated Department Stores, Inc.
R.H. Macy & Co., Inc.
Cincinnati Microwave, Inc.
Endicott Johnson Corp.
Cincinnati Cordage & Paper Co., Inc.

Creditors’ Committee Representation:
Gordmans Stores, Inc.
AcuSport, Inc.
EaglePicher Holdings, Inc.
Schwab Industries, Inc.
Motor Inn, Inc.
BT Dissolution, Inc., f/k/a Tube Products Corp.
Ciao Cucina Corp. Gantos Stores, Inc.
Freedom Industries, Inc.
Claddagh Development Corporation

Donahue Securities, Inc.
Numerous out-of-court liquidations and restructurings for borrower and secured creditor.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/ Restructuring, 2009-2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers, 2007-2019 and Rising Stars, 2005
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2007-2019 - Cincinnati Lawyer of the Year-Bankruptcy (Litigation)-2019
  • AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute Executive Committee Member, 2015–Current, Board of Directors, Education Committee, 2012–Current; Vice President-Education–2019
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Central States Workshop, Program Chair, 2009–2012; National Endowment Liaison, 2006–2012; Program Committee, 2006–2009; Sponsorship Committee, 2006–2008; Advisory Board, 2004–2014
  • American Bankruptcy Institute - 40 Under 40 Steering Committee - 2017 & 2018
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • TriState Association for Corporate Renewal, Member

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Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Mercy Franciscan Social Ministries Board of Trustees, Member, 2008 - 2014; Chairperson, Circle of Giving Committee, 2009
  • Delhi Township Zoning Board of Appeals, Member, 1998-2000

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Doug is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy and related topics for, among others, the American Bankruptcy Institute, Tri-State Association for Corporate Renewal, the Turnaround Management Association, the Association for Corporate Growth and the Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar. 

Among his presentations and publications:

Moderator, Judicial Round and Round Program, American Bankruptcy Institute, Annual Spring Meeting, 2019

Ethics Roundtable, American Bankruptcy Institute Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, 2018

Moderator, Judicial Round and Round Program, American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference, 2017

Discovering Distressed Assets:  How to Acquire & Divest, Association of Corporate Growth, December 10, 2014

 Primer to the Unwary on How to Avoid Traps Associated with Different Types of Intellectual Property in a Bankruptcy Case, American Bankruptcy Institute, Winter Leadership Conference, 2014

How to Shut down a Business The Right Way, Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, 2014

Financial Advisors: How to Create Value for the Estate From the First Client Meeting Until the Entry of a Final Decree, Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, 2013

Complex Bankruptcy Litigation in a Stern World,American Bankruptcy Institute, Winter Leadership Conference, 2012

Caselaw Update,Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, Mid America Regional Conference, 2012

Effective Chapter 11 Case Administration Through Functional Creditors' Committees, Turnaround Management Association, 2011

Mergers & Acquisition Roundtable, Association for Corporate Growth, 2010

Restructuring of the Auto Industry, Tri-State Association For Corporate Growth, 2009

Non-Dischargeability Now,American Bankruptcy Institute, Central States Workshop, 2002

Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994, Michigan Institute for Continuing Education, Ohio Collection Law Seminar, 1998-1999

Hotel Revenues as Cash Collateral in Chapter 11 Cases: Cash Collateral or Accounts Receivable?, Michigan Real Property Review, 1993

Contributing Editor: American Bankruptcy Institute Sixth Circuit Review

Other Contact Info


Stacey Monnin
T 513.651.6934