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John D. Penn

500 North Akard Street, Suite 3300 Dallas, Texas 75201-3347
Firm: Perkins Coie LLP
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Perkins Coie LLP

Years In Practice


Phone Number (214) 965-7700
John Penn is a partner in the Business practice focusing on bankruptcy and workouts. During his more than three decades of counsel, John has represented secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, trustees and unsecured creditor committees in major and high-profile reorganizations and insolvency proceedings. John is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and past president of the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is certified by both the American Board of Certification and Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Business Bankruptcy Law. 

Throughout his career, John has counseled clients involved in complex Chapter 11 reorganizations and restructurings in a range of industries, including airlines, financial services, construction, energy, hospitality, home furnishings, nonprofits, timber and commercial real estate.  His background includes representing clients in bankruptcy litigation, including defending against attempts to recover alleged fraudulent transfers and preferential transfers, as well as equitable subordination.  Many of the clients he defended compromised the claims for substantial discounts, including "cost of defense" settlements.

John frequently provides commentary to the media on current issues and writes articles on topical issues, such as on new disclosure requirements for bankruptcy attorneys, fraudulent transfers in the Chrysler bankruptcy and credit bidding. Recognized for the past decade by The Best Lawyers in America and "Super Lawyers," John served as a Director of the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation and was a member of the Executive Board of the Longhorn Council Boy Scouts of America where he also served as the Chairman of the Council’s National Eagle Scout Association Committee.
What legal services does this lawyer offer?
Bar Admissions
New York
Admitted in 2010
Admitted in 1982
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™
  • Chosen by peers as one of Fort Worth's Top Attorneys in Bankruptcy in Fort Worth Texas Magazine, 2008, 2010 - 2011
  • Recognized by Chambers USA as one of the leading practitioners in the United States for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2009 - 2010
  • Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification, 1992, and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1991
  • Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2003 - 2017
Organizations & Affiliations
American Bankruptcy Institute
Lifetime Achievement Award and Past President
Work Experience
Perkins Coie LLP
2013 - Current
Haynes and Boone LLP
1986 - 2013
Saunders Thomas Brian & Smith
1982 - 1986
Baylor University, JD
Graduated 1982
Baylor University, BBA
Graduated 1981
Contact Details and Office Locations
500 North Akard Street, Suite 3300
Dallas, Texas 75201-3347
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