Nathan Blaske learned what it meant to work hard during those summers on the farm. He learned what it meant to start his days before sunrise and end them long after dark.
He learned, too, about the sense of accomplishment that comes at the end of the day when the field has been cut and the hay is in the barn.
Nathan is from Battletown, KY, an out-of-the-way hamlet on the Ohio River between Louisville and Owensboro. He was one of 11 kids in his sixth-grade class. During the summers, Nathan worked on the family farm, and the farms of his neighbors. He usually spent his days cleaning out fencerows, bush hogging, or stacking bales of hay. In the fall and winter, when the farm work slowed, Nathan spent most afternoons and weekends with his dad hunting ducks and geese along the river. He speaks fondly of his rural upbringing. “I often tell people that growing up in the country was a blessing. It shaped me as a person. It kept me humble. It taught me that if you work hard, you can achieve. You can get that lesson in different ways, but that’s how I got it.”
Going to the University of Kentucky was a turning point, a time to think bigger. The school has always had an allure for young men from small towns across the Bluegrass state. He grew up learning how to work. He has always been an early riser and expects to be for the rest of his life. Most days, he is at his desk before 7 a.m. His office is meticulously organized. Nathan will tell you he’s not the smartest guy in the room. Depends on the room. But he says he will out-work everybody in the room. “If I turn the lights on at the beginning of the day and turn them off at night and, in between, I work harder than the next guy, then good things are going to happen.”
Nathan is also a devoted family man. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three sons. Now most weekends you will find Nathan either on the hardwood coaching his sons' basketball teams, or on the field coaching their soccer teams. Although his sons are still small, he looks forward to passing along the hunting tradition that his dad passed along to him.
Sometimes, Nathan looks out his office window and thinks about how far he has come. At the same time, he still thinks of himself as just another average Joe from Small-town, U.S.A. He hopes he never loses that sense.
Asked what he likes most about the practice of law, Nathan responded: "I've always felt the need to defend others. I'm going to fight for my clients, I'm going to be an advocate, and I'm going to walk a mile in their shoes."
“At the end of the day, if I have worked on each case like it was my one and most important case, then I feel that I have done my job – and done it right. It’s kind of like that feeling at the end of a summer’s day on the farm – when the sun had set, the field had been cut, and all the hay was in the barn.”
Nathan is a partner at Graydon and chairs the Consumer Finance Litigation and Compliance Practice Group. He has over a dozen years of experience handling civil litigation and appellate cases. Nathan’s practice focuses primarily on representing banks, consumer finance companies, and mortgage lenders and servicers in proceedings throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Nathan has significant experience handling consumer finance defense cases, contested foreclosures, contested matters in bankruptcy, and adversary proceedings. He also regularly handles Uniform Commercial Code matters relating to bank deposits, funds transfers, and secured transactions. In addition, Nathan works with lenders and businesses on any number of commercial collection issues.
Nathan is renowned for his work ethic and commitment to client service. He is an effective and efficient advocate for his clients, and is methodical about providing prompt and regular communications to both clients and colleagues.
Nathan earned his law degree in 2003, graduating cum laude from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, where he was an active member of Moot Court. Nathan received his B.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Kentucky in 2000, and was a two-term president of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity during his time there.
Nathan is a transplant to Cincinnati, but quickly made it his home. He and his wife Jennifer, along with their three sons, reside in Miami Township where Nathan is active in the community and coaches a number of youth sports teams.