John W. Guzzardo

John W. Guzzardo

John represents debtors, creditors, trustees and receivers in local, regional and national chapter 11 and 7 proceedings, with particular emphasis on complex bankruptcy litigation such as prosecuting and defending preference and fraudulent transfer actions and representing receivers in state and local proceedings. He is a partner in the Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors' Rights practice group with almost 15 years of experience.

Prior to joining HMB, John practiced in the Commercial Bankruptcy and Restructuring group at Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin, LLC for nearly 9 years.  He started his career as a litigation associate in the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP, where he was engaged extensively in the Delphi Corporation bankruptcy case for over 4 years.

John's core work involves the representation of:

  • Chapter 7, chapter 11 and liquidation trustees as well as post-confirmation plan administrators in complex regional and national bankruptcy cases
  • Receivers and lenders in Illinois state courts on matters ranging from mortgage foreclosure to simple collections
  • Bankruptcy debtors, creditors and defendants in complex bankruptcy litigation

Since 2002, John has and continues to own and manage residential rental property in Chicago.  Prior to his legal career, John was an actor, former SAG member and set designer in Chicago, Los Angeles and Big Sur.  Outside of the office, John enjoys spending time with his wife, Terri, his son, Giovanni, and (far too many) pets.  He is also an Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scouts of America Troop 17.

Honors

  • Illinois Super Lawyer / Rising Star (2012 - 2018)


Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Bankruptcy Liaison Committee for the Northern District of Illinois (2014-2016)

Representative Matters

  • Special avoidance action counsel for chapter 7 trustee of In re Ryan International Airlines (Bankr. N.D. Ill.).  Investigated, negotiated and litigated hundreds of preferential transfer recoveries totaling nearly $4.4 million - including a $1 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Defense
  • Counsel for Donald A. Shapiro and Foresite Realty Advisors, LLC, as real estate receiver of a Chicago loop office building in a highly contested foreclosure action with successive bankruptcy filings - and where defendants made multiple (unsuccessful) attempts to remove and obstruct the receiver (36 Holdings v. EHC, LLC, Cir. Ct. Cook Cty.)  John also represented Foresite receiverships for multiple shopping malls and industrial sites, including a pita bread bakery
  • Represented plaintiff at trial in a breach of contract and servicing standards of a commercial backed mortgage security agreement relating to the sale of a hotel (Five Mile Capital v. Berkadia, Cir. Ct. Cook Cty.)
  • Counsel for chapter 7 trustees in multiple complex local and regional bankruptcy cases where he investigated, litigated and resolved claims such as avoidance actions and breach of fiduciary duty (and related insurance claims) and objected to discharge.  (i.e., In re Peregrine Financial Group, Inc. and In re IFC Credit Corp.)  
  • John has also represented a number of preference action defendants (in a wide array of industries, such as steel, furniture, computer hardware and insurance), including the defense of a $20 million preference action demand
  • Debtor's counsel in the Delphi Corporation chapter 11 bankruptcy, extensively involved in nearly every contested matter in that case over a four-year period, including plan confirmation
  • Represented small business manufacturing and single asset real estate debtors in chapter 11 proceedings
  • Represented multiple lenders secured by commercial and residential properties in both bankruptcy court and in state court foreclosure proceedings
  • Counsel for a landlord creditor through two consecutive bankruptcies of a medical provider, including the negotiation of a commercial lease and holdover tenancy litigation (In re Northwest Pediatrics, Inc., Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Counsel for reorganized debtor battery manufacturer, where he reconciled hundreds of claims, ranging from commercial contract and personal injury to environmental claims, through two successive chapter 11 bankruptcy filings (In re Exide Technologies, Inc.)
  • Counsel for a chapter 11 trustee in the successful reorganization of a large homeowners' association. (In re Heritage Village Pointe Condominium Association, Bankr. N.D. Ill.)  John was also counsel for a creditor homeowners' association objecting a chapter 7 trustee's proposed sale. (In re Glenwood Properties, Inc., Bankr. N.D. Ill.) and has provided (non-bankruptcy) legal advice regarding governance to multiple associations
  • Represented and negotiated resolutions for both plaintiff tenants and defendant landlords relating to the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance
 

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      • Contact Information
      • Bar Admissions
        • Illinois
      • Education
        • Chicago Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Order of the Coif, Honors Scholar, J.D.
        • Northwestern University, B.S. in Speech (Theatre)
      • Court Admissions
        • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois  
        • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois 

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