Humble Beginnings of Our Bankruptcy Lawyer in Toledo, OH
Current Position: Partner Areas of Practice: Bankruptcy Law; Taxation Law Bar Admissions: Ohio, 1976; US Federal Court, 1976 Education: Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, 1976 — JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence); City University of New York at Hunter College, New York, 1973 — BA (Bachelor of Arts) Honors, Cum Laude
Elliot H. Feit’s journey to becoming a successful bankruptcy lawyer in Toledo, OH, is quite a long one. Born to a working-class family in a housing project in 1951 Brooklyn, New York, he went on to graduate from PS 251, and later from Samuel J. Tilden High School in 1969. Next, he attended the City University of New York at Hunter College and obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in June of 1973.
Almost immediately after his first degree, he joined Gonzaga University School of Law, where he studied from 1973 to 1976 and met Gordon R. Barry. After acquiring his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree, he passed the Ohio bar exam and sworn in as an attorney licensed to practice law. He then was admitted to practice in the United States Federal Court, the United States Bankruptcy Court, and the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals.
Establishing the Firm
After meeting Gordon Barry, they quickly became good friends and later partners, establishing their own law firm, Barry & Feit, Attorneys At Law in December 1976. At the start of their career together, Elliot worked as a general practitioner with an emphasis on personal injury, domestic relations, and representing people in many different civil actions and personal issues. It wasn’t until 1982 when he began serving people with financial problems and entered into the world of bankruptcy law.
By the mid-1990s, bankruptcy had become 95% of their cases. As their practice as grown, Elliot has continued to help individuals and businesses alike with debt counseling, and whether or not to file for bankruptcy. Everyone is different, which means a solution that works for one person may not work for the next one. Ultimately, filing for bankruptcy is up to the client.
Personal Life & Community
Outside of the law firm, Mr. Feit has two healthy and loving children and strives to give back to his community in any way possible. This includes being a proud participant in the Toledo Bar Association's Pro Bono Program, which provides free legal services to qualifying members of the community. He is a regular speaker at seminars, sponsored by the National Business Institute and the Toledo Bar Association. With his knowledge and expertise, he has also had many opportunities to mentor young bankruptcy attorneys who are just beginning their journeys.
In 1994, Mr. Feit volunteered for a seat on the board of Jewish Family Service of Greater Toledo, moved up in the ranks where he served three years as president and three years as immediate past president. He has also served as president of the Jewish Senior Service of Greater Toledo for three years. He now proudly serves as the immediate past president of Jewish Senior Service of Greater Toledo, president of the Jewish Senior Service Supporting Organization, and president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo.