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John C. Tishler

Tina Boone
615.850.8166 direct

Lenders, borrowers and buyers of distressed assets alike depend on John Tishler's experience and perspective in leading complex transactions that involve insolvent or distressed parties. Whether working out loans made to a now-insolvent company, acquiring assets from an insolvent company or for corporations facing their own financial distress, clients turn to John for creative and long-term solutions. Having over 25 years of experience, John offers clients strategic planning advice that doesn’t come from a playbook. His tenacious attitude keeps him focused on finding options and answers.

An insolvency and restructuring attorney by trade, John deals comfortably in both the transactional and litigation arenas. His focus is on the following:

  • Corporate insolvency/board advice
  • Creditor’s rights
  • Financial services

John’s experience handling high-profile, complex cases includes serving as lead counsel for the largest creditors in two of the largest retail bankruptcies filed in the United States (Service Merchandise and Kmart), submitting and confirming a Chapter 11 plan while representing the largest unsecured creditor in the one of the largest home health/hospice bankruptcy cases ever filed (Intrepid Health Systems), assisting healthcare companies in buying assets (Sumner Regional Health Systems and Logan Regional Health System, for example), and helping clients through their own workouts and bankruptcies (Church Street Health Management and Crittenden Hospital Association).


Best Lawyers has recognized John for his work in the Business/Corporate areas as well as the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and in Litigation – Bankruptcy.


  • J.D., with honors, University of Tennessee, 1988
    • Editor-in-Chief - Tennessee Law Review
  • B.A., cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • California

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee
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