John J. Rutter


222 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6713
F 330.376.4577
1375 East Ninth Street
One Cleveland Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
P 216.623.0150
F 216.623.0134

John J. Rutter


Phone: 330.849.6713
Fax: 330.376.4577

Mr. Rutter is a creditors’ rights attorney who focuses on banking and business matters.  He has extensive experience representing banks, special servicers, and other secured parties in commercial real estate workout matters, including mortgage foreclosures, receiverships, deed in lieu transactions, forbearances, and REO sales involving a wide range of properties such as industrial, office, retail, multi-family, hotels, and golf courses.  In addition, Mr. Rutter represents equipment lessors, commercial landlords, and housing associations and is experienced in protecting clients' security interests in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings and defending preference and fraudulent transfer claims.

Representative Matters

  • Represented secured lender in $55 million commercial mortgage foreclosure and receivership action
  • Represented state court receivers in the sales of manufacturing  businesses, large multi-family, and commercial properties
  • Represented banks and other secured parties in recovery and liquidation of collateral and restructuring of obligations
  • Extensive experience in representing homeowners' and condominium associations in collection enforcement


  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2013-2019)
  • Senior Lecturer, Ethical Issues in the Workplace, The University of Akron (2015 – 2018)
  • Senior Lecturer, Essentials of Business Law, The University of Akron (2011 – 2018)


  • J.D., The University of Akron School of Law
    • summa cum laude
    • Akron Law Review
  • B.A., The Pennsylvania State University

Professional Affiliations

  • USLAW Network Banking & Financial Institutions Group, Chair (2014)
  • Akron Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA)

Community Affiliations

  • Medina Professionals Youth Flag Football, Past Treasurer and Coach
  • Medina Youth Lacrosse Association, Volunteer



  • “Landlord and Tenant Obligations” and “Recovering Lease Damages” – Sterling Education Services’ 9th Annual Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar (2016)
  • "Bankrupt Borrowers: What Secured Creditors Need to Know to Protect Their Lien Rights” – USLAW Network Banking & Financial Institutions Group Seminar, Charlotte, NC (2014)
  • “Ethical Considerations in Landlord-Tenant Law” - Sterling Education Services’ 10th Annual Landlord-Tenant Seminar (2014)
  • “Fraud Prevention Seminar” - Akron, OH (March 2014)
  • “Enforcement of Your Client’s Security Interests After Default Under Article 9 of the UCC and Protecting Those Interests in Subsequent Bankruptcy Proceedings” - USLAW Network Banking & Financial Institutions Group Seminar, Chicago, IL (2013)
  • "Landlord Rights and Options When the Deal Goes Bad" - Sterling Education Services 8th Annual Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar
  • "Ethical Considerations in Landlord-Tenant Law" - Sterling Education Services 8th Annual Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar
  • "Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure" - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Real Estate Law Institute
  • "Issues in Commercial Foreclosures" - Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Greater Akron Chapter (2013)
  • "Protect Your Accounts Receivable" - Subcontractors Association Northeast Ohio (SANEO)

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