Drew is a retired partner in the Vorys Cleveland office and a member of the finance, energy and real estate group.  He is the immediate past chair of Vorys’ bankruptcy and restructuring practice.  Drew focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, restructuring and workouts, commercial finance, commercial transactions and business law, with a strong emphasis on the representation of banks and other financial institutions.  He has considerable experience in complex bankruptcy cases, reorganizations and restructurings, creditors’ rights, commercial lending, asset-based lending, secured transactions, the Uniform Commercial Code, collections, foreclosures, and liquidations.

Career highlights include:

  • Representing lending institutions, landlords, creditors’ committees and other creditors in a number of major bankruptcy cases for a variety of corporations, including those in the energy, manufacturing, retail, health care, high tech, automotive, and food industries
  • Representing national, regional, local and community banks in a wide variety of commercial and industrial and real estate restructurings and workouts and lending transactions

Drew is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Turnaround Management Association.

Drew has spoken to the Cleveland Bar Association, the William J. O’Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute, the Ohio State Bar Association CLE Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, the Risk Management Association, and other legal and professional groups on a variety of topics including bankruptcy law, commercial transactions and alternatives to bankruptcy.

Drew received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was the associate editor of the Vanderbilt University Law Review.  He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Drew clerked for the Honorable J. Craig Wright of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Honors & Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America, Cleveland Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2019

The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2006-2023

Chambers and Partners, Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2004-2022

Ohio Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor, 2004-2023

Cleveland Magazine, Cleveland's Top Rated Lawyers, 2012-2019

Inside Business, Northeastern Ohio's Leading Lawyers, 2001-2019

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Professional & Community Activities

American Bankruptcy Institute, Member

Vanderbilt Gridiron Club / National Commodore Club, Member

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Member

2019 TMA Annual Conference, Planning Committee, Member

Cleveland Zoological Society, Board of Trustees, 2000-2009

Bay Rockets Association, Board of Trustees, 2006-2008

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 2002-2005; Executive Committee, 2004-2005

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2008-2018; Treasurer and Executive Committee, 2013-2016; Vice President and President-Elect, 2015-2016; President, 2016-2017

Contemporary Youth Orchestra, Board of Trustees, 2002-2004

Bay Soccer Club, Board of Trustees, 2000-2003

Turnaround Management Association, Board of Trustees, 1994-1996

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Board of Trustees, 1993-1996

State of Ohio Board of Bar Examiners, 1992-1994

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Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1984

Vanderbilt University Law Review, Associate Editor, 1984

Vanderbilt University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1980, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.

Judicial Clerkships

  • The Honorable J. Craig Wright, the Supreme Court of Ohio, 1985
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