John is a partner and Chair in HMB’s Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors’ Rights Group. He represents debtors, creditors, trustees and receivers in local, regional and national chapter 11 and 7 proceedings.
With a strong emphasis on complex bankruptcy litigation matters, John represents chapter 7, chapter 11 and liquidation trustees as well as post-confirmation plan administrators in regional and national bankruptcy cases. He regularly prosecutes and defends preference and fraudulent transfer actions and represents receivers and lenders in Illinois state courts on matters ranging from mortgage foreclosure to simple collections and bankruptcy debtors, creditors and defendants in complex bankruptcy litigation.
Prior to joining HMB, John practiced at Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin, LLC for nearly a decade. 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.
Minimizing Exposure, Maximizing Recovery
With more than 15 years of experience, John has earned his reputation for providing clients solid business and legal advice combined with an ability to achieve results. Clients rely on his candid, practical advice and ardent focus on minimizing exposure or maximizing recovery in their bankruptcy cases.
Chicago Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Order of the Coif, Honors Scholar, J.D.
Northwestern University, B.S. in Speech (Theatre)
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
Illinois Super Lawyer / Rising Star (2012 – 2018)
John Guzzardo and Rick Rein wrote an article for NABT American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal regarding the use of Consent Directives to locate offshore assets. A consent directive is a "rare bird" investigatory tool that litigants in the US may use to discover assets and information from debtors or third parties located anywhere in the world. Recently, the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy…
John Guzzardo and Rick Rein wrote an article for American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal regarding the use of Consent Directives to locate offshore assets.
CHICAGO, IL (April 5, 2018) - Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered ("HMB"), a preeminent provider of legal services in business and finance, litigation, trusts and estates, real estate, state and local taxes and bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors' rights announced that attorney John W. Guzzardo joined the firm as a partner in it's growing bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors' rights practice. John represents…