Two facts about Nathan Swehla emerge in conversation. Both are what you might think of traditionally as man things. Draw your own conclusions.
Thing one is, he’s comfortable working with his hands. Among many other tasks, he knows how to field dress a deer, lay a tile floor, solder copper pipes, change a transmission, cinch up a saddle, install kitchen cabinets, prepare beef wellington, do a brake job, run 220 electric, bale a field of hay and get the bales back to the barn before the rain comes. This might tell you he’s the kind of guy who, if he doesn’t know something, gets a book and figures it out.
Thing two is, he owns three motor vehicles, none purchased new. The fuel-efficient economy car gets him to work and back to his Park Hills home. The four-wheel drive SUV lets him drive off the road when he wants to. He bought the ’96 Corvette as a gift to himself once he was out in the real world. All three conveyances are black because he loves the look. You may already know nothing shows dirt on a car finish like a black paint job. So he has to work at keeping them clean.
Nathan grew up in Alexandria, in southern Campbell County as an only child. His parents’ families, both sides, are in rural northeastern Iowa. He spent summers with one set of grandparents or the other on their farms. He learned during those years how to work until the job was done, not just until 5 o’clock or sunset.
He says his parents pushed him to think for himself, be independent. They taught him that, if there were something extra he wanted, he’d have to earn the money to pay for it. He also says he used to be a gym rat, spending an hour and a half or more six days a week doing weight training. He says he’s cut way back, now doing 45-minute sessions four or five times a week. Seriously.
His graduation from Newport Central Catholic in 1993 coincided with his mother getting her J.D. from Chase College of Law and her MBA from Northern Kentucky University. The graduation party was for the two of them. He comes by his competitive streak naturally. Whether it’s in the courtroom or over a game of chess or Monopoly, he comes across as having a greater-than-normal desire to win.
“I'm quietly competitive – reserved but determined. But it’s more than just the winning. It’s about everything that leads up to the win. It’s the strategizing, the effort, the determination. The journey to winning is equal to the win in my mind.”
“At the same time, you have to take losses in stride and move on. You try to learn from losses. You reverse engineer to learn what you could do better next time.”
He had his eye on Graydon for a few years. He says it’s a good fit. ‘The Firm has one of the premier creditors’ rights groups in the region, plus it’s a great place to work, a place with a true team atmosphere. Everyone here has his or her own way of approaching their work, whatever works best for that person. It’s a group I’m happy to be a part of.”
Nathan is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and State of Ohio, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, the Southern District of Indiana, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. Nathan has successfully represented financial institutions in appeals before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a B.B.A. in Accounting. He earned his J.D. at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law. While at Chase, Nathan was a member and coach for the Moot Court Team, and the chairperson for the Honor Board Committee. Nathan is a director for the Cincinnati Community ToolBank, and was selected for the Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2017.
Nathan’s primary focus is on commercial litigation, real estate, lender liability defense cases, and contested bankruptcy matters and adversary proceedings. Prior to joining Graydon, he was an associate in a boutique complex business litigation firm, and an associate in the litigation department of a large firm where he concentrated his practice in creditors’ rights litigation.
Nathan is a long time Greater Cincinnati area resident, and he currently lives in Northern Kentucky.