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  • Paul H. Spaeth
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Paul H. Spaeth began practicing bankruptcy law in 1988 as a staff attorney for a government agency that monitors and oversees the bankruptcy process. In 1990, he joined a Dayton area law firm, where he represented individuals and businesses, both debtors and creditors, in bankruptcy and business law. In 1997, Mr. Spaeth opened his current law practice, focusing primarily upon bankruptcy law and business law. He has received the highest peer rating of “AV” through the Martindale-Hubbell rating process. Mr. Spaeth has written and spoken on bankruptcy topics over the years, including at conferences sponsored by the Bankruptcy Institute of the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar (Cincinnati, Ohio), the Bench-Bar Conference of the Dayton Bar Association (Dayton, Ohio) and the American Bankruptcy Law Forum (Dayton, Ohio). He has served as the Chair of the Debtor/Creditor/Bankruptcy Committee of the Dayton Bar Association and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Bankruptcy Law Forum. Mr. Spaeth also has served as a member of the Local Rules Committee (Consumer Subcommittee) of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio and is a Fellow of the Dayton Bar Foundation and a past Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. He is a graduate of Miami University (cum laude) and the Ohio State University College of Law. When he’s not practicing law, Mr. Spaeth enjoys playing jazz piano in a local big band, cycling and reading.

Mr. Spaeth’s goal is to provide clients with first rate legal services in a caring and approachable manner. You will find that he is involved in all aspects of your case.

Practice areas


  • Ohio and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2002


  • The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D. 1982
  • Miami University, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1979

Honors, Associations & Memberships 

  • Fellow, Dayton Bar Foundation (2015-present)
  • Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation (2014-2015)
  • Dayton Bar Association(Chair, Debtor/Creditor/Bankruptcy Committee, 1994 – 1995)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Bankruptcy Subcommittee)
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • American Bankruptcy Law Forum (Trustee, 2008-2010)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

Biographical details

Chapter 7 Panel Trustee, Dayton, Ohio, 1997–present; Fellow, Dayton Bar Foundation (2015-present); Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation (2014-2015); Member, Local Rules Committee (Consumer Subcommittee), U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2008-2009; Trustee, American Bankruptcy Law Forum, 2008- 2010; Author and Lecturer: Bankruptcy Institute of Cincinnati Bar Association, 2014; American Bankruptcy Law Forum 2014, 2013; Bench-Bar Conference, Dayton Bar Association, Dayton, Ohio, 2007; Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2007; Member, Planning Committee of Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, 2008, 2016;  Lecturer on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights topics, National Business Institute, 1994, 1996 and 1997. Author of articles on creditor’s rights topics, Dayton Business Reporter, 1996.


  • Spaeth v. Countrywide Home Loans Inc. (In re Highland), 2010 Bankr. LEXIS 2473 (Bankr. S.D.  Ohio 2010), aff’d at 3:10-cv-00120 (S.D. Ohio 2010)
  • Spaeth v. Day Air Credit Union (In re Motorwerks Inc.), 2008 Bankr. LEXIS 3038, 50 Bankr. Ct. Dec. 250 (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 2008)
  • Rieser v. Brownmor Co. (In re Pyper Constr. Co.), 2007 LEXIS 1642, 58 Collier Bankr. Cas. 2d (MB) (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 2007)
  • In Re Hurst, 308 B.R. 298 (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 2004)
  • Spaeth v. Heckenkamp (In re Heckenkamp), 2007 WL 188570 (S.D. Ohio 1/22/07)
  • State Bank & Trust Co. v. Spaeth (In re Motorwerks, Inc.), 371 B.R. 281 (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 2007)
  • In re Federated Dept. Stores, 114 B.R. 501 (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 1990), rev’d and rem. 44 F.3d 1310 (6th Cir. 1995)
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