Passing of Chris Meyer

G. Christopher Meyer - Of Counsel

G. Christopher Meyer - Of Counsel

It is with regret that SRBP announces the death of our colleague, G. Christopher Meyer.  Chris joined SRBP in an Of Counsel position after relocating to Florida in 2018 following a forty year career with Squires Sanders in Cleveland, Ohio. Chris was fond of recounting how he “cut his bankruptcy teeth” in one of the first mega-cases under the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978 – In re White Motor Company.

Although Chris came to be widely regarded as one of the top insolvency lawyers in the country, he balanced his client work with many contributions to bar activities, legal education, and community and charitable endeavors, all while raising his family.  Among his many accomplishments, Chris was a member, treasurer and trustee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and a past member and chair of its Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section. He was a Fellow and Past Chair of the American College of Bankruptcy, a past director of the College’s Foundation, and past chair of the College’s Board of Regents. In addition, Chris was a past president and trustee of the Turnaround Management Association’s Northeast Ohio Chapter. In 2011, Chris received the Chapter’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. For more than 10 years, Chris served as an adjunct professor of law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He was a trustee of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and a trustee and board president of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. Although Chris was an outstanding lawyer, he was -more importantly – a fine and decent person who treated all with kindness and respect.  He leaves behind his wife, Jan, and five children, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He will be missed. 

Chris, who never wanted to make a “big deal” of himself, directed that no memorial service be held but asked that his many friends remember him fondly.

His family suggests that anyone wishing to make a donation consider: Tidewell Hospice Foundation, Sarasota,  FL; Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Cleveland, OH; Trustees of Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA) for the Gerald and Mildred Meyer Endowed Scholarship Fund; or The American College of Bankruptcy Foundation.