Matthew A. Salerno


Practice Focus

Professional Experience

Matt's practice focuses on business counseling, corporate restructuring, and distressed mergers and acquisitions. Matt works with public and private companies, officers, directors, and investors in various commercial matters. He has represented buyers and sellers in over 25 bankruptcy section 363 sales ranging from under $100,000 to over $450 million. He has also successfully closed multiple "free and clear" receivership sales, approved in various Ohio courts.

Industry Experience

Matt has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including: 

  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Consumer Products
  • Paper
  • Energy
  • Real Estate
  • Entertainment/Recreation
  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Steel

Cases / Matters

  • Aurora Recreation LLC v. Aurora Golf & Country Club, Inc., et al. (Receiver)
  • Bainbrook Homeowners Club v. Aurora Management, Inc., et al. (Receiver)
  • Bank of the West v. The Wellness Works In Solon, Ltd. (Receiver)
  • BPI Energy, Inc. (Equity Committee)
  • Bucyrus Community Hospital (Debtor)
  • Bush Leasing, Inc. (Debtor)
  • Concord Steel, Inc. (Creditors’ Committee)
  • DeVlieg-Bullard, Inc. (Debtor)
  • eToys Direct 1, LLC (Co-Chair of Creditors' Committee)
  • First Merit Bank, N.A. v. Blue Island Land Co., LLC, et al. (Receiver)
  • FirstMerit Bank, N.A. v. Pramukh, Inc., et al. (Receiver)
  • FirstMerit Bank, N.A. v. Shepherd's Properties, LLC, et al. (Receiver)
  • Forum Health Services (Debtor)
  • Imperial Home Décor Group (Debtor)
  • In re Receivership of Taylor & Smith, Inc. (Receiver)
  • InaCom Corp. (Special Litigation Counsel to Liquidating Trustee)
  • KeyBank National Association et al. v. Automatic Welding and Manufacturing Co. (Receiver)
  • Metal Exchange Corporation v. Ravenna Aluminum, Inc. (Receiver)
  • Moore Marine, Inc. (“Stalking-Horse” Purchaser)
  • ProCare Automotive Service Solutions, LLC (Creditors’ Committee)
  • RBS Citizens, National Association v. Cadiz, Ltd., et al. (Receiver)
  • RBS Citizens, N.A. v. Cordray, et al. (Receiver)
  • Republic Technologies International, LLC (Debtor)
  • Risk Management Alternatives, Inc. (Debtor)
  • Summitville Tiles, Inc. (Debtor)
  • T.H.E.M. of Ohio, Inc. (Creditors’ Committee)
  • Tiro Industries, LLC (Debtor)
  • Truliant Federal Credit Union v. Kontur LLC, et al. (Receiver)
  • Twin City Hospital (Debtor)
  • Union Stamping & Assembly, Inc. (Debtor)
  • Westfield Bank, FSB v. Renee S. Miller, et al. (Receiver)
  • Willard Rental Properties, LLC (Debtor)
  • Representation of Cleveland-based automotive parts maker
  • Representation of 100 public utility company
  • Representation of Local Steel Manufacturer Railroad Subsidiaries
  • Representation of logistics company
  • Representation of provider of mortgage services and mortgage management software
  • Representation of real estate development companies
  • Representation of secured lenders
  • Representation of Tier 1 automotive parts manufacturers
  • Representation of Trustee of a real estate management and development company 


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D. (1999)
  • The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts, with honors (1996)

State Admissions

  • Indiana (2001)
  • Ohio (1999)

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Indiana
  • Supreme Court of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana 
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana 
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Professional Associations

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law Adjunct Professor
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association 
  • Indiana State Bar Association 
  • Ohio State Bar Association 



  • "Receiverships: Finally Free and Clear?!?!," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Real Estate Law Institute, November 2013
  • "Case Objectives – Reorganize, Sell or Liquidate," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Seminar, December 2012
  • "Alternatives to Bankruptcy," Commercial Finance Association Ohio Chapter Meeting, July 2012
  • "Unsecured Creditors' Remedies," Ohio State Bar Association's Creditors' Remedies Seminar, May 2010, March 2011
  • "Chapter 11 Plans of Reorganization & Liquidation," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Seminar, December 2009

Awards and Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars (2006-2014)
  • Hawken School Difference Maker (2004)
  • Cleveland’s Finest Young Professionals (2001)

Community Activities

  • St. Francis of Assisi School Advisory Committee (Member)
  • Hawken School Alumni Board (President)
  • Hawken School Board of Trustees (Member)
  • Lake Erie Silver Dolphins (Board Member)
  • Economics America (former Board Member)
  • 600 Superior Avenue, East
    Suite 2100
    Cleveland, OH 44114