- Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
- Financial Institutions
- Government Relations
- Real Estate
- The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., 1974
- Central State University, B.A., 1971
Bar & Court Admissions
- 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
Fred is a retired partner in the Vorys Columbus office and was a member of the bankruptcy practice and the government affairs and lobbying group. He has served as a Bankruptcy Trustee for the Southern District of Ohio since 1988 and represented clients in commercial and real estate matters.
Fred is a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, the National Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Ohio Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association.
Fred lectured at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges on “Means Testing,” and at the Columbus Bar Association on “What Does a Trustee Really Want to See.” He gave the Charter Day Address at Central State University.
Fred received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and his B.A. from Central State University.
Professional and Community Activities
- The United Way of Central Ohio, Board of Trustees, 2014-Present; Public Policy Committee, Chair, 2014-Present
- The Ohio State University Medical Center University Hospital East Board of Trustees, Vice Chair, 2006-Present
- Partners Achieving Community Transformation (A partnership between the City of Columbus, The Ohio State University, The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and Columbus Near Eastside Stakeholders), Chair, 2011-Present
- City of Columbus, The Ohio State University, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Partnership Oversight Committee, Chair, 2011-Present
- Appointed as a "Special Master" by U.S. District Court for foreclosure actions, 2007
- Chapter 7 Panel Bankruptcy Trustee in the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, 1988-Present
- Franklin Park Conservatory Joint Recreation District Board of Directors, Chair, Executive Committee and Finance Committee, 2002-Present
- Experience Columbus (formerly The Greater Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau), Chair and Executive Committee, 2004-Present
- KidsOhio.org Board of Trustees, Founding Member, 2002-Present
- Columbus College of Art and Design Board of Trustees, Chair, Finance Committee and Executive Committee, 2000-2009
- Central State University Board of Trustees, 1996-2005; Chair, 1996-2000
- Columbus City Council, January 2000-September 2000
- Supreme Court of Ohio, Board of Commissioners on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 1995-2000; Chair, 1998-2000
- Municipal Civil Service Commission, City of Columbus, 1987-December 1999; President, 1994-December 1999
- Columbus Works, Chair, 1994-1997
- Southern District of Ohio, Trustee Advisory Committee, 1992-1997
- Village of Urbancrest, Ohio, Law Director, 1978-1997
- United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, Judicial Liaison Committee, 1992-1994
- The Legal Aid Society of Columbus, 1981-1987; Finance Chair, 1986-1987
Honors & Awards
- Columbus CEO, Top Lawyers in Columbus, 2010-2015, 2017-2018
- The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2013-2019
- Ohio Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor, 2007-2008
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated
- The Ohio State University College of Law Alumni Community Service Award, 2002
- Central State University Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year Award, 1999
- Presidential Citation, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, 1999
- Columbus Urban League Equal Opportunity Day Award of Excellence, 1998
- Society National Bank, Minority Business Advocate Award, 1993
- The Columbus Bar Association, Community Service Award, 1990
- Fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation since 1992
- 8/15/2018One hundred and thirteen lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019.
- 8/17/2017One hundred and eight lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018.
- 6/6/2017Senators Portman and Brown Name Vorys Partners to Bipartisan Commission for Recommendations on Candidates for Judicial VacanciesU.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced the members of the bipartisan judiciary advisory commission. Vorys Partner Elizabeth T. Smith was selected as the chair the 28 member commission and Vorys Partners Fred Ransier was selected as a member of the committee.
- 3/28/2017This year, 54 Vorys attorneys were listed in the 2017 Columbus CEO “Top Lawyers” List.
- 8/15/2016One-hundred and eleven lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017.
- 8/17/2015One-hundred and eighteen lawyers from Vorys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.
- 1/20/2015In December 2014, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law Substitute House Bill No. 9, which significantly revises Ohio’s law of Receiverships. Vorys released a comprehensive analysis of the amended law.
- 8/18/2014One-hundred and ten lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.
- 8/14/2013One hundred and eleven lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.
- 2/15/2013Frederick L. Ransier, III, a partner in the Vorys Columbus office, has been selected to serve on the Franklin County Commissioners’ newly formed Budget & Economic Advisory Panel.
- 9/17/2012Herbert Hedden and Frederick Ransier, partners in the Vorys Columbus office, participated in a business roundtable discussion with President Obama, which covered a number of topics including health care, environmental regulations, minimum wage, immigration and debt reduction.
- 8/23/2012One hundred and twenty-six lawyers from Vorys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013.
- 4/3/2012Vorys announced that Daren Garcia, a partner in the firm’s Columbus office, has been selected for the 2012 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Program.
- 5/24/2017Vorys Partner Fred Ransier was a speaker at the Cross Border Legal Issues - Cuba: Emerging Law, Trade, and Culture seminar hosted by the Columbus Bar Association on May 24, 2017.
- 8/27/2014This roundtable discussion focused on transportation issues in central Ohio and featured Therese McMillan, the Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); W. Curtis Stitt, President/CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority; and Michael Hartley, VP of Government Relations of the Columbus Chamber.
- 1/28/2013The Vorys state and local tax team and the Vorys government relations team hosted a webinar on January 28 entitled, Top Ten Tax Topics to Watch for in 2013, discussing the top tax and tax reform issues.
- 11/9/2016This alert details results of the 2016 general election.
- 9/30/2016Vorys Partner Fred Ransier authored an article for the September 30, 2016 edition of the Columbus Bar Association's CBA Today. The article is titled "Mentoring Essential to Maintaining a Diverse Team."
- 12/18/2015Members of the Ohio House and Senate concluded their formal work schedule for 2015 last week with a flurry of activity aimed at finalizing pending legislative issues before heading back to their respective districts for the holidays. They are expected to return to Columbus January 20th for a very limited schedule prior to the March 15th Primary Election.
- 6/23/2015Ohio Statehouse Update: House-Senate Conference Committee Working to Finalize Biennial Budget Bill This WeekAs the deadline for passage of Ohio’s budget bill looms, a House-Senate Conference Committee worked over the weekend and is expected to meet to report a compromise version of House Bill 64, the state’s two-year main operating budget bill, by mid-week.
- 1/20/2015In December 2014, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law Substitute House Bill No. 9, which significantly revises Ohio’s law of Receiverships. Vorys today released a comprehensive analysis of the amended law. Key features of the amendments are summarized below.
- 1/15/2015Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) and House Minority Leader Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) announced House committee leadership positions this week for the new two-year session.
- 12/23/2014Ohio Statehouse Update: Ohio General Assembly Concludes Work – Passes Flurry of Legislation in Lame DuckMembers of the 130th Ohio General Assembly officially finished their business and headed home after the conclusion of a lengthy Ohio House floor session December 17. The hectic final days were notable both for the legislation that passed as well as for some high profile bills that did not pass.
- 11/5/2014This alert details results of the 2014 general election.
- 9/19/2014The latest edition of the Ohio Statehouse Update covers two high profile pieces of legislation that were passed this spring, as well as ongoing legislative committee hearings and meetings regarding pending bills and policy issues.
- 5/28/2014Legislators returned to Columbus this week after the Memorial Day weekend for what is likely their last two weeks of work before they break for the summer. Several high profile bills are scheduled for action before the summer break. They include SB 310, a controversial measure to put a two-year freeze on renewable and alternative energy standards, and HB 483, one of the Mid Biennial Budget Review (MBR) bills introduced by Governor John Kasich earlier this year.
- 3/25/2014The state’s two-year Capital Appropriations measure, House Bill 497, was introduced in the Ohio House on March 18. This year’s Capital Bill allocates $2.39 billion, largely bond-backed funding for brick-and-mortar construction and renovation projects for state agencies, colleges, universities and school districts. Also, for the first time in six years, the Capital Bill goes beyond funding construction and renovation needs for state-owned properties, providing approximately $160 million in funding for additional “community projects” identified as priorities across various regions of the state.
- 2/25/2014Ohio Statehouse Update: Governor Kasich Announces New Initiatives at Ohio State of the State AddressGovernor John R. Kasich announced new policy initiatives relating to education, workforce development and tax reform at his Monday night State of the State address in Medina. His proposals will be presented to the legislature as part of the Mid-Biennial Budget Review (MBR). The timetable for introduction of the MBR remains uncertain.
- 9/27/2013Just like the students who head back to school in August and the birds that start their journey south for the winter, legislators began their migration to Columbus in September. And your U. S. senators and congressmen are back at work in Washington.
- 7/1/2013On Sunday evening, Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 59, the state's two-year, $62 billion budget into law, just in time for the beginning of the new state fiscal year on July 1, 2013.
- 6/26/2013Ohio Statehouse Update: House-Senate Conference Committee Reports Compromise Version of State Budget BillLast night on a 4-2 party line vote the Conference Committee on House Bill 59, led by the chairmen of the House and Senate Finance Committees, Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) and Sen. Scott Oelslager (R-Canton), reported a compromise version of the state’s biennial budget bill that will now head to the House and Senate floor for a final vote to accept the changes.
- 5/29/2013Yesterday afternoon the Senate Finance Committee unveiled a substitute version of House Bill 59, the state biennial budget bill. The substitute legislation incorporates many changes, significant among which is the replacement of an across-the-board 7% income tax cut proposed in the House-passed version of the bill with a tax cut package specifically targeted at helping small businesses in Ohio.
- 4/10/2013The Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee accepted a substitute version of House Bill 59, the state’s biennial budget bill, at a hearing yesterday afternoon. Among numerous significant changes in the bill, the substitute legislation removes Governor Kasich’s proposed tax reforms and replaces them with an across the board 7% income tax reduction, and removes the proposed expansion of Medicaid that was projected to leverage $2.4 billion in federal funds to provide coverage for uninsured Ohioans over the next two years.
- 1/15/2013With the recent commencement of the 130th Ohio General Assembly, 2013 is already shaping up to be a pivotal year for Ohio tax issues. With that in mind, the Vorys state and local tax team and the Vorys governmental relations team present the Top Ten Tax Topics to Watch for in 2013.
- 12/19/2012On Thursday, the Ohio General Assembly concluded its business for the 2011-2012 legislative session. The House and Senate debated a number of important measures during the fast-paced "Lame Duck"session following the November general election.
- 11/7/2012This alert details results of the 2012 primary election.
- 10/25/2012With the elections right around the corner, Vorys is providing you with unique insights from both sides of the aisle on the upcoming races.
- 10/3/2012With the November 6 General Election only five weeks away, the political campaign season is kicking into high gear. Here is a preview of the major candidate races and issues that will be on the ballot in Ohio.
- 10/1/2012The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission held its first meeting on September 13, 2012. The Commission was created through the passage of House Bill 188 earlier this year, and is tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of the Ohio Constitution, and making recommendations to the General Assembly regarding changes to the Constitution, including recommendations for changes to the process for proposing constitutional amendments.
- 2/29/2012Every 10 years, following the census, the Ohio Apportionment Board is tasked with redrawing Ohio’s House and Senate districts to reflect changes in population. The Ohio legislative districts must include 99 House Districts and 33 Senate Districts.