Christian E Niklas

Christian E Niklas

Phone: 1-216-771-6500 ext. 138

Fax: 1-216-664-9830


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Professional Profile:


University of Toledo College of Law Juris Doctor 1996

Kent State University BA 1993

Professional Experience

Keith D. Weiner & Assoc. Co, L.P.A., Cleveland, OH February 2015 – present. Foreclosure Attorney – handles foreclosure cases on behalf of mortgage servicers and tax certificate holders in all 88 Ohio counties from referral through post-sale stage; in addition to foreclosure and title claim litigation and bankruptcy matters.

Niklas & Niklas, LLC October, 2011 – January, 2015. Personal Injury Attorney – handled personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases on behalf of plaintiff from initial consultation through post-settlement phase.

Shapiro, Van Ess, Phillips & Barragate, LLP November, 2008 – September, 2011. Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Attorney – handled bankruptcy cases on behalf of mortgage servicers in all bankruptcy courts throughout the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern District of Ohio, Southern District of Ohio, Northern District of Indiana, and Southern District of Indiana; handled foreclosure cases in all 88 counties in Ohio; in addition to title claim, foreclosure, and bankruptcy litigation.

Shapiro & Felty, LLP January, 2001 – October, 2008. Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Attorney – handled bankruptcy and foreclosure cases throughout Ohio; including firm’s FHLMC designated counsel program for both foreclosure and bankruptcy.

The Cafaro Company April, 1998 – December, 2000. In-house Bankruptcy Counsel – represented commercial landlords in national bankruptcy cases filed by retailers throughout the United States.

The Bolotin Law Offices March, 1997 – March, 1998. Bankruptcy Attorney – represented debtors in chapter 7 and 13 cases.


  • State of Ohio – 1996
  • Northern District of Ohio – 1997
  • Southern District of Ohio – 2002
  • Northern District of Indiana – 2010
  • Southern District of Indiana – 2010

Our Fees

Our fees are competitive and conform to industry standards. In most instances, the following fee arrangements are available:

1. Collection matters are handled on a contingency fee basis, but an hourly option is available and sometimes requested by clients who hold large balance claims. At a clients’ request, fees for collection matters can be billed on a per item flat fee basis for letters, pleadings, motions, and executions.

2. Uncontested foreclosures and related bankruptcy and eviction matters are most often billed on a flat fee basis according to the Fannie Mae guidelines. Contested matters, and counterclaims, generally require additional flat fee or hourly billing, subject to client approval;

3. Uncontested replevin cases are also handled on a flat fee basis. If the right to recover possession is opposed, the matter is converted to an hourly fee basis, upon client approval;

4. Mechanic’s lien matters are treated the same as replevin cases, unless they involve multiple properties, or otherwise relate to unusual subject matter;

5. Our firm is also pioneering the availability and use of alternative fee arrangements (“AFA’s”) for legal services that have traditionally been billed hourly. The availability of AFA’s is a product of our firm’s ambition to deliver legal services in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and help clients more effectively forecast and contain costs. AFA’s are available for an ever expanding range of matters, including litigation defense, discovery disputes, and appellate practice.