Frantz Ward LLP is pleased to share that partner John F. Kostelnik
has been elected Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF). John has served as a Director for the CMBF since 2015 and will continue in this role during his tenure as Treasurer.
The CMBF is the charitable fundraising arm of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. It raises critical dollars for the association’s nationally recognized “Lawyers Giving Back” public outreach and pro bono legal service programs. The programs supported by the CMBF change individual lives in a way that positively impacts the community.
John represents both debtors and creditors alike in bankruptcy and workout situations. He has a long and distinguished list of successful first chair Chapter 11 representations and is familiar with all aspects of workouts, lender liability, creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy law. John has also practiced in the area of banking law and commercial transactions, including asset based lending, supplier agreements, commercial contracts, sale and purchase of debt instruments, and equipment finance. John is proactive in helping clients deal expediently with crisis situations and counsels clients to best position themselves to avoid or mitigate risk of loss in dealing with financial crises prior to or as a part of in court proceedings. Prior to private practice, John led the workout group of the in-house legal staff within the banking law department at a large national bank. He began his law career as a law clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert J. Sidman. John earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his B.S., cum laude
, from Miami University.