John has extensive experience representing debtors, trustees, creditors, equity holders, asset purchasers, and other parties-in-interest in both Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court workouts. He has been involved in some of the largest and most complex Chapter 11 proceedings in the country, and has served as an operating Chapter 11 trustee in cases in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
John has been the lead attorney in numerous reported Circuit Court, District Court and Bankruptcy Court decisions, has been interviewed and quoted in connection with many of his cases, and has been quoted numerous times on bankruptcy related issues. His cases have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The American Lawyer. John has written various bankruptcy-related materials and has lectured on bankruptcy matters.
Represents Chapter 11 trustee in Maywood Capital Corp., a multi-debtor proceeding involving a $200 million real estate Ponzi scheme.
Represents trustee of Waterford Wedgwood, USA, Inc., a multi-debtor proceeding involving over $100 million in fraudulent conveyance and preference actions.
Represents trustee of Trace International Holdings, Inc., in breach of fiduciary duty action resulting in judgments in excess of $200 million.
Lead counsel to Barney's, Inc. in its Chapter 11 cases.
Represented operating trustee in Strictly Rhythm Records.
Represented Kingsboro Medical Group, P.C., an 80-physician medical group, in its Chapter 11 proceedings.
Represented operating Chapter 11 trustee of Artha Management and its 67 related real estate limited partnership cases.
Represented a significant equity holder and co-general partner in the Theatre Row Chapter 11 proceedings.
Selected Publications, Writings and Speaking Engagements
“New Sale Guideline Rules for the Eastern District of New York”, The Business Advisor, April 30, 2010, Co-Author.
Pereira v. Cogan, A Case Study in “Vicinity of Insolvency” Jurisprudence and the Resulting Shift of Fiduciary Duties. Presented at Valcon: The Conference on Bankruptcy Valuation, March 5, 2004, Austin, Texas.
“FF&E and the True Lease Question: Article 2A and Accompanying Amendments to UCC Section 1-201(37),” American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Winter 1999, Co-Author.