Ruth E. Hartman

Partner

Cleveland
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Overview

Ruth Hartman practices complex litigation, with an emphasis on business litigation, sales disputes governed by the Uniform Commercial Code, trademark and licensing disputes, and bankruptcy litigation. She is an effective problem solver and an aggressive litigator, dedicated to achieving the resolutions that her clients seek through the development of creative and effective strategies.

Select Experience

  • Served as counsel to the FDIC with respect to its $170 million dispute with AmTrust Financial Corp. and its affiliated debtors in the Northern District of Ohio.
  • Involved with numerous adversary proceedings to recover fraudulent transfers from feeder fund defendants for the fund of customer property in connection with BakerHostetler's role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
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Experience

  • Served as counsel to the FDIC with respect to its $170 million dispute with AmTrust Financial Corp. and its affiliated debtors in the Northern District of Ohio.
  • Involved with numerous adversary proceedings to recover fraudulent transfers from feeder fund defendants for the fund of customer property in connection with BakerHostetler's role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • Served as lead counsel in obtaining a preliminary injunction in a trademark dispute.
  • Achieved a reversal of class certification before the Ohio Supreme Court regarding an improper class action definition.
  • Served as lead counsel in a partnership dispute in the oil and gas industry.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation: Board of Trustees
  • Cleveland Law Library: Board of Directors

News

News

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2004
  • M.A., American History, University of Michigan, 1999
  • B.A., English and History, University of Wisconsin, Phi Beta Kappa

Blog

In The Blogs

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Financial Services Blog
Mulvaney Issues Report Outlining Proposals to Reform CFPB
By Ruth E. Hartman
April 17, 2018
Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its semiannual report (the “Report”) to the President and Congress. In the Report, Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney proposes to significantly reform the CFPB’s...
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Financial Services Blog
D.C. Circuit Agrees to Hear Controversial PHH Case En Banc
By Ruth E. Hartman
February 24, 2017
On Feb. 16, 2017, the D.C. Circuit granted the CFPB’s petition to rehear en banc the court’s landmark October 2016 decision finding that the structure of the CFPB was unconstitutional. We covered the panel decision here. In its Feb. 16...
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