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John C. Tishler

Tina Boone
615.850.8166 direct

Hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies, along with their financial advisors and lenders, rely on John Tishler's experience and perspective to lead complex strategic transactions. Whether working out financial arrangements made to organizations now facing financial difficulty or representing the boards of buyers or the boards of sellers of healthcare and other organizational  assets, John delivers creative solutions and strategic planning advice that address both immediate challenges and long-term objectives. With more than 25 years of experience and a tenacious commitment to achieving results, John offers clients options and answers that don’t come from a playbook. He served the firm as its chairman from 2008 to 2014.

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
  • Defaulted bonds
  • Commercial litigation

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 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, Crittenden Hospital Association and a large senior living company).


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, and has been named a "2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer."

  • 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, Northern and Central Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee


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