David J. Fickel
David J. Fickel retired as Clerk of court after 32 years. He was in charge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio at Toledo. He received a B.A. from Gettysburg College in 1975 and his J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1978. Upon graduation from law school, Professor Fickel practiced substantially in bankruptcy, contracts and consumer law. He litigated early Truth in Lending issues, Hill-Burton claims and emerging debtor defenses involving warranties, unlawful creditor solicitations and prepaid contracts in both state and federal courts. Later practice experience involved representation of both debtors and creditors in consumer and business bankruptcy matters, employment law issues, and litigation on contract rights.
In 1982 Professor Fickel joined the Bankruptcy Court staff as the Estate Administrator, supervising the work of panel trustees and other professionals, conducting administrative hearings and monitoring case administration.
He has been an adjunct law professor at Ohio Northern University since 1986. He has also lectured as a visiting professor at the University of Toledo College of Law since 1994 on bankruptcy related courses. Professor Fickel is a frequent speaker on a national basis for the Federal Judicial Center and at local bar association and continuing legal education seminars on bankruptcy case administration. In 1996 he was invited to present suggested Bankruptcy Code amendments in a hearing before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission.
Among other academic and community involvements, Professor Fickel has served as President of Taft Inn of Court at ONU Law and as Founding President of the Waite Inn of Court at Toledo. He is past President of the Board of Trustees for Toledo Legal Aid and organized the Corporation for Legal Assistance to the Poor. He served for ten years on the Board for Goodwill Industries in NW Ohio. He currently serves on the Board for Public Defender Services in Lucas County.
B.A., Gettysburg College
Federal Northern District of Ohio
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Debtor Defenses under State Law