Harry W. Greenfield, Partner

“I have great vision. I can see a case, see its pluses and minuses, and see the path the file has to take to get the client the best result.”

Maybe it’s his background as a competitive swimmer, but Harry W. Greenfield is focused on the finish line for his clients and is committed to being fully supportive until the case is resolved.

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A partner in Bernstein-Burkley’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group, Harry’s practice focuses on:

  • Corporate Bankruptcy
  • Restructuring involving receiverships
  • Mechanic’s liens
  • Collection actions
  • Foreclosure actions
  • Lease defaults
  • Uniform commercial code issues

He Represents:

In addition to helping numerous companies restructure their balance sheets outside of bankruptcy and counseling entrepreneurs on asset protection, Harry also represents:

  • Corporate debtors and creditors
  • Commercial lessors
  • Financial institutions
  • Financing companies
  • Lessees
  • Secured lenders
  • Bankruptcy trustees
  • Parties in the sale and acquisition of businesses

Notable Cases:

Throughout his distinguished 50-year legal career, Harry has had many notable cases, including:

  • Representing a company in bankruptcy that had 50,000 asbestos claims, which resulted in a successful settlement with all claimants and its insurance companies
  • Representing a bank in a $30 million claim against an airport security firm in Chapter 11, obtaining 100% recovery of its loan
  • Representing an Ohio subsidiary of a Canadian company in its Chapter 11, successfully conducting a sale of the assets to a related entity, avoiding the liquidation of the Canadian parent and allowing the subsidiary to continue profitable operations with less than $3 million of debt


Harry has been widely recognized for his expertise in business bankruptcy and creditors’ rights by:

  • Chambers USA
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers

He was also inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an elite and prestigious membership of 740 invitation-only attorneys, judges, professors, and turnaround professionals, and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he taught business bankruptcy.


  • Ohio State Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio


  • American College of Bankruptcy – Fellow, XXIII Class (2012)
  • Best Lawyers in America® – Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Chambers USA – Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Law League of America – President’s Cup for Meritorious Service (2000)
  • Martindale-Hubbell – AV-Preeminent Rated
  • Ohio Super Lawyers – Bankruptcy; Creditor Debtor Rights
  • Super Lawyers – Top 50 Lawyers in Cleveland
  • Super Lawyers – Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio

Affiliations and Memberships:

  • American Bankruptcy Institute – Member
  • American Bar Association – Member
  • American Board of Certification of Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights – Emeritus Director; Former Chairman
  • American College of Bankruptcy – Member
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law – Adjunct Professor, Business Bankruptcy
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association – Co-Chair, William J. O’Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute (2015); Former Chair, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section; Former Member, Board of Directors
  • Commercial Law League of America – Editor, Journal and Bulletin Editor; Chairman, Bankruptcy Insolvency Section; Chairman, Midwest Region; Former Member, Board of Governors
  • INSOL International – Member
  • Lake Erie Local Masters Swim Club – Board of Directors
  • Ohio State Bar Association – Member
  • Ohio University College of Business – Visiting Professor (2015)
  • Ohio Masters Swim Club – Board Member
  • Turnaround Management Association – Member
  • S. Masters Swim Club – Finance Committee; Review Committee


  • Ohio University, (B.B.A. Business, 1967)
  • Cleveland State University (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1970)


  • “Credit Bidding at Bankruptcy Sales: A Powerful Tool, But Not Absolute” (Co-Author, ABF Journal, May/June 2014)
  • “This Land Isn’t Your Land” (Co-Author, Commercial Law World, January/February 2012)
  • “What Do You Mean the Lessee Sold My Equipment? It’s Mine!” (Co-Author, Lease Enforcement Attorney Network, July 2011)


  • Retention Issues in Individual Chapter 11 Cases(Presenter, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, October 2014)
  • Budgeting for the Local Master Swim Club(Presenter, U.S. Master Swimming National Convention, September 2014)
  • Distressed Sales – Has Chapter 11 Become “Let’s Make a Deal?”(Panelist, William J. O’Neill Bankruptcy Institute, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, May 2014)