Reuel D. Ash

Retired Partner

Reuel D. Ash

Retired Partner

Reuel retired in 2021 after 17 years with Ulmer. Reuel focused his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency, creditors’ rights, out-of-court workouts, receiverships, and commercial litigation. He represented individuals and corporate debtors, creditors’ committees, and secured creditors in Chapter 11 reorganizations and liquidations, and has represented various parties in bankruptcy cases, receiverships, and other insolvency proceedings in federal and state courts throughout the region. His litigation experience includes dischargeability litigation and other bankruptcy adversary actions, as well as commercial and consumer-based matters on behalf of financial institutions. Since 2006, Reuel has annually been named a Cincy Magazine “Leading Lawyer” and has achieved the highest ranking, AV Preeminent®, from Martindale-Hubbell®. Reuel has also been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list since 2012. He began his career by serving as Chief Bankruptcy Judge Burton Perlman’s law clerk from 1991-1993.

Education & Admissions


  • Stanford University

    (A.B., Music, 1979)
    California State Scholar; Music Guild Scholar; Humanities Honors Program

  • Eastman School of Music

    (M.M., Performance and Literature, 1981)
    Teaching Fellowship

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law

    (J.D., 1991)
    Law Review, Contributing Editor; George C. Katsanis Scholar


  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Publications & Presentations

Client Alerts

  • “Appellate Court Upholds Expanded Powers of Receiver Where Borrower Waives Rights in Loan Documents,” Ulmer & Berne LLP, Client Alert (May 2013)


  • “Reclamation Claims in Bankruptcy: Illusory or Meaningful???” Commercial Law World Magazine – Bankruptcy Edition (July/August/September 2020)
  • “Which Interest Rate Should Apply in a Chapter 11 Cramdown?” Commercial Law World Magazine – Bankruptcy Edition (January/February/March 2018)
  • “Rejected Intellectual Property Licenses,” Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation, 2013-2017 ed., West Publications
  • “Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businesses, 2012-2017 ed., West Publications State of Ohio Practice Guide
  • “Fraudulent Transfer Litigation – the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Deals a Blow to Lenders,” ACC Lexology (June 2012)
  • “Practical Pointers for Enforcing Cognovit Judgments,” Ulmer & Berne LLP, Financial Law Resource (Summer 2007)


  • “Bankruptcy Traps for Unwary,” Commercial Law League of America webinar series (January 2018)
  • “Ohio Legislative Updates,” Moderator, Ohio State Bar Association Banking Law Institute (November 2017)
  • “Loan Workouts – Lessons Learned and Best Practices,” The Risk Management Association – Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter Luncheon Event and Seminar (November 2017)
  • “Hill Day,” Legislative lobbying experience in pursuit of modifications to the Bankruptcy Code, Commercial Law League of America Spring Conference, Panelist (April 2017)
  • “Traps for the Unwary: Bankruptcy Malpractice,” Commercial Law League of America Fall Conference, Panelist (November 2016)
  • “Special Topics in Consumer Bankruptcy,” Ohio State Bar Association (February 2014)
  • “Landlord-Tenant Law Surviving in a Difficult Economy,” Sterling Education Services, Inc. (April 2012)
  • Frequent speaker at Ohio and Cincinnati Bar Association seminars on bankruptcy law and related topics.



  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Member; Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee; Chair of Financial Institutions Subcommittee, 2007-present)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Commercial Law League of America (Chair, Legislative Committee, 2017-present; Executive Council, Bankruptcy Section, 2014-2017)
  • Tri-State Association for Corporate Renewal (TACR)
  • Risk Management Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter (Board Member)


  • Cincinnati Chamber Music Society (Board of Directors, Director of Programming, 2002-2005, 2007-2013)
  • The Cincinnati Education & Research for Veterans Foundation (CERV) (Board of Directors, 2013-present; Secretary of the Board of Directors)



  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2012-2022)
  • Named a Cincy Leading Lawyer in Banking in a survey of lawyers by Cincy magazine (2007-2021)
  • Listed in Cincinnati Business Courier Who’s Who in Cincinnati Law


Before becoming an attorney, Reuel was a professional musician. He currently serves as the Program Director of Chamber Music Cincinnati and enjoys giving back to a community that is special to him.

Reuel Ash

Reuel Ash