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John R. Gardner

John Gardner is a partner in the firm's Finance practice. He 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® for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Raleigh, 2023-2024
  • Recognized by Chambers USA for Bankruptcy/Restructuring in North Carolina, 2022-2023
  • Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, Bankruptcy Law (various years)
  • Names to Super Lawyers Rising Star list (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
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • “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
Additional News & Event Pages
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