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John Tishler


Innovative, experienced dealmaker in insolvency space

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 30 years of experience and a tenacious commitment to achieving results, John offers clients options and answers that don't come from a playbook.

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
  • Healthcare M&A

John's experience handling high-profile, complex cases includes helping clients through their own workouts and bankruptcies (Church Street Health Management, Crittenden Hospital Association and a large senior living company); serving as lead debtor's counsel and negotiating forbearance arrangements and the sale of multi-facility healthcare providers (Promise Healthcare); and acting as an agent for secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 cases throughout the country.

He served the firm as its chairman from 2008 to 2014.

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  • Education
    • 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, All Districts of Tennessee
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California
  • Recognitions
    • Chambers USA
      • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Tennessee), 2021
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings)
      • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2006-2022
      • Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2011-2022
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings), 2021
      • Lawyer of the Year - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Nashville)
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)
      • Business/Corporate, 2013-2021
  • Professional Involvement
    • Campaign Chair, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, 2014
    • Campaign Chair, Raising the Bar, Tennessee Justice Center, 2015
    • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
    • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Past President, Tennessee Chapter, Turnaround Management Association, 2003-2005
    • Member, Advisory Committee on Rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2010-2014)
  • Community Involvement
    • Member, Board of Directors, Tennessee Justice Center 
    • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Franklin Road Academy, 2014-2016
    • Program Co-Chair, Leadership Nashville, 2014
    • Past Board Member, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

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