Elia is a partner in the Vorys Akron office, where he practices in the finance, energy and real estate group. 

In his energy practice, Elia represents lenders and developers on various energy infrastructure matters, including power generation facilities and midstream facilities.  His energy project experience encompasses structuring, financing, engineering, procurement, construction, operations, maintenance, supply, natural gas transportation service, power purchase, transactional and other commercial arrangements.

Elia also counsels clients on various other transactions, including financing transactions, debt restructurings, real estate and construction matters, sales and purchases of financially distressed businesses and sales and purchases of loans.  He has significant experience representing creditors and other parties in bankruptcy proceedings, receiverships and commercial litigation matters and regularly advises financial institutions with respect to creditors’ rights law and Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.  Elia regularly speaks on loan documentation, loan restructurings, receiverships, bankruptcies and lender liability.

Elia is a member of the Turnaround Management Association.

Elia received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the managing editor of the Journal of East European Law.  He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Canisius College.

Honors & Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2024

Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2005 and 2007, 2010-2016

The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2017-2024

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1998-2001

Professional & Community Activities

Salvation Army of Summit County, Advisory Board, 2014 to present

News & Insights



Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 2001

Journal of East European Law, Managing Editor

Canisius College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1998

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
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