Noted Restructuring Lawyer John Thompson Joins McGuireWoods as Partner in Washington Office

August 31, 2015

John H. Thompson, a corporate restructuring lawyer with 14 years of experience representing clients in a wide variety of industries, has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in the firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency Department. While he will be resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, he also will maintain an office in New York and spend considerable time there.

Thompson’s practice focuses on business reorganizations and debtor- creditor rights. He has represented clients in a variety of industries, including automotive, energy, petrochemical, telecommunications, manufacturing, airlines, healthcare, Internet technology, real estate and commodities trading and finance.

Thompson joins McGuireWoods from the Washington office of Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, where he was part of a team that advised Lyondell Chemical Company through its reorganization and successful emergence from Chapter 11 in 2010 – a transaction recognized as “Restructuring Deal of the Year” by International Financial Law Review’s European awards. He also has represented several creditors in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcies and regularly advises financial institutions on trading contract and derivatives issues.

“John brings invaluable skill and experience in complex Chapter 11 cases and cross-border restructurings, which will have significant benefits for our clients,” said Dion Hayes, chairman of the firm’s 40-attorney Restructuring and Insolvency Department. “He is a great addition to our team.”

Thompson also has an active pro bono practice that includes serving as restructuring counsel for a nonprofit school for emotionally disturbed adolescents.

Thompson received his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University in 1991 and served as a captain in the U.S. Army before earning his law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2001.

“We’re fortunate to have someone with John’s impressive background to help grow our already-strong restructuring and insolvency presence in Washington and New York,” said Todd Mullins, managing partner of the McGuireWoods’ Washington office. “We’re delighted to welcome him to the firm.”

Thompson joins a team that includes transactional lawyers and litigators from across the firm’s 21 offices. Ten of McGuireWoods’ restructuring and insolvency lawyers are ranked by Chambers USA in its 2015 guide. The firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency Department represents clients in a range of industries, including mining, energy, healthcare, retail, transportation, manufacturing, and telecommunications.

“McGuireWoods’ restructuring and insolvency group has a world-class reputation for excellent legal work, sound business advice and second-to-none client service,” Thompson said. “I know my practice will thrive working with such an outstanding group of lawyers.”

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