John Gardner is a partner in the Raleigh office and focuses his practice on the representation of secured and unsecured creditors in the structuring and restructuring of financial transactions, as well as representation of domestic and foreign companies, lenders, CMBS and CLO loan servicers, special servicers, mortgage servicers, and creditors in federal and state court litigation, including business disputes, bankruptcy proceedings, receivership and foreclosure actions, and with regulatory compliance. John serves as the hiring partner for the Raleigh office and the co-chair of the Raleigh Parents Council.
Prior to joining the firm, John served as law clerk for the Hon. J Rich Leonard, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2004-2005.
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.
- Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, North Carolina (2022)
- Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, Bankruptcy Law (various years)
- Rising Star, Super Lawyers (various years)
- Wake County Bar Association, Public Service Committee
- Wake Forest Law School Young Alumni Board of Visitors (Rose Council)
- Campbell Law School Mentorship Program
- StepUp Ministry Volunteer
- Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity Board of Trustees, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chairman
- Christ Church, Sunday school teacher and Youth Council Member
- “Limited Liability Companies and the Bankruptcy Code,” Practical Law, December 2017 (Updated Annually)
- “To Support Payments Innovation, Avoid Unnecessary Regulation,” Banking Law Journal, April 2016
- “Banks Beware: Mobile Checking and the Rise of Duplicate Presentment,” UCC Law Journal, July 2015
- “How to enforce bankruptcy court orders,” co-authored with Jo Ann Brighton, Charlotte Business Journal, April 2008
- “Effects of the Shift in the Burden of Proof in the Disposition of Tax Cases,” 38 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1357, 2003, and Tax Law and Policy, 2004