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John is past Chairman of the Firm's Bankruptcy and Insolvency Team. He works exclusively in the business reorganization process, both in Chapter 11s and state law work outs. He represents debtors, as well as creditors, both secured and unsecured. He had served as a trustee and has been appointed as creditors' committee counsel.

Career Highlights

Representative Cases and Achievements

  • Advisory Board Law Review, St. John's University School of Law
  • Professor at the University of Louisville School of Law (Debtor-Creditor Rights), 1976-1996


  • Named to Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyers” List in the area of Bankruptcy Law, 2016 - present
  • Recognized in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2007-2019
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Leadership Award, 2015
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky" in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® list, 2009 - present
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for more than 30 years in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • First Annual Publications Award, American Bankruptcy Institution Journal, 1994
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy, Class of 1999
  • Leadership Louisville, Class of 1991
  • Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities


Professional Affiliations

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

Military Service

  • United States Marine Corps, 1967-1972, Captain

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Co-Chair, Veterans and Servicemembers Task Force, 2018-present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Immediate Past President, 2009-2010
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, President, 2007-2008
  • Kentucky Bar Association Bankruptcy Section
  • National Guidelines in Bankruptcy for Accountants Project, Past Chairman, American Bankruptcy Institute Professional Fees & Compensation Committee
  • Professional Fees and Compensation Committee for American Bar Institute, Co-Chairman, 1990-1998, 2001-2003
  • Louisville Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee, Past-Chairman
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Past Vice President Publications, 2004
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Past Secretary
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member Executive Committee, 2002 -Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Director
  • First Class of Certified Business Bankruptcy Specialists, 1990 American Bankruptcy Board of Certification; Recertified 1997, 2002
  • American Boards of Certification, Past Vice President
  • American Board of Certification Board of Directors, Past Member
  • International Insolvency Practice Group, Chairman, Terralex®

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign, Past Director
  • Crane House Louisville, Past Member
  • University of Louisville Alumni Association/University Club, Past President
  • Kentucky Marine Corps Coordinating Committee, Past Director


Contributions & Published Works

  • Co-Author, "Jurisdiction and Venue" in "Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation," West, updated May 2010
  • Co-Author, "Close Doesn't Count in Horseshoes, Hand Grenades and 541 Disputes Over Insurance Policy Proceeds," 22 American Bankruptcy Institute Journal 34, February 2003
  • Contributing Editor, "Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 2nd Edition" 11-volume treatise, Clark Boardman and Callaghan
  • Co-Author, "Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice," 6-volume treatise, Wiley Law Publications
  • Co-Author, "Kentucky Construction Law, Mechanics Lien and Bankruptcy Manual"
  • Co-Author, "A New Chapter in Bankruptcy Law: Chapter 12"
  • Co-Author, "Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law," published by Callaghan & Co.
  • Contributing Editor and Author for Environmental and Bankruptcy Column, "Toxins-ARE-Us," ABI Journal




  • Presenter, Annual General Meeting, Terralex®, Hong Kong, 2009
  • Presenter, "The 2006 PRC Enterprise Law:  A New Beginning," Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law, Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 2008
  • Presenter, International Insolvency Symposium, Berlin, Germany, 2007
  • Speaker, "US Chapter 11 Challenges and Opportunities," Hanoi, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2007
  • Speaker, 1990, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004 Annual Meetings, American Bankruptcy Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Speaker, American Bankruptcy Leadership Conference, 1991 through 2003
  • Speaker, Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003
  • Speaker, 1991-1992 Kentucky Bar Association Convention and Judicial Conference; Mississippi Bar Annual Convention 1997; Alabama Bar Annual Convention
  • Lecturer of Political Science; University of Louisville, 1973-1975, 1989-1991
  • Featured Speaker, Tucker Law Forum, Washington and Lee Law School, Lexington, VA
  • Lecturer, Northwest Bankruptcy Conference, Coeur D' Alene, Idaho
  • Lecturer, Commercial Law League of America Bankruptcy Practice Seminar
  • Speaker, Stetson University College of Law 14th Annual Bankruptcy Seminar Law and Practice, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Speaker, Professional Education System; A Seminar Chapter 11's sponsored by Creditors Law Center, as well as P.E.S.I.'s Collection Seminar, Chapter 11 Seminars, Chapter 12 Seminars in 18 states
  • Speaker, University of Kentucky College of Law, CLE Programs, "Real Estate Into the 1990's," "Basic Bankruptcy"
  • Speaker, Kentucky Bar Association Family Law Seminar, "Bankruptcy and Divorce"
  • Speaker, Norton Litigation Institutes, Park City, Utah; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; San Diego, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Speaker, American Bankruptcy Institute Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Program
  • Speaker, American Bankruptcy Institute, Southwest Bankruptcy Conference
  • Speaker, American Bankruptcy Institute, Southeastern Bankruptcy Workshop
  • Moderator, American Bankruptcy Symposium on Professional Fees and Compensation, Kalispel, Montana



University of Louisville School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1973

University of Louisville, B.A., International Affairs, magna cum laude, 1967

Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, International Legal Courses

University of Thessaloniki, Greece, International Legal Courses

  • Kentucky, 1974
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