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John M. Duck

Partner
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John Duck joined Adams and Reese in 1979 as a Summer Associate. He joined the firm a year later as an Associate. John has served two terms as Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a former Team Leader of the firm's Commercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Team. His practice focuses on complex corporate restructuring matters in both bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy contexts. 

John advises and represents clients in the acquisition and disposition of corporate assets. He also assists clients with commercial lending matters such as debtor-in-possession financing transactions.

 

Representing parties in commercial Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters (pre-bankruptcy and debtor-in-possession lenders, creditors and creditor committees, debtors, purchasers, lessors, franchisors and other constituent parties in the restructuring process), his bankruptcy work spans many industries: oil and gas, manufacturing, maritime, gaming, commercial real estate, retail, shipbuilding, agri-business, franchise, pharmaceutical, chemical, construction, music and others.

 

His other significant contributions include:

 

  • Representing parties in bankruptcy cases throughout the Southeastern United States. He is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Southern District of Alabama and the Northern District of Florida. 
  • Representing parties in most industries in the restructuring arena and having over 30 years of practice, knowledge and experience before the bankruptcy courts.
  • Speaking on bankruptcy matters at numerous conferences and events, including the Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Bankers Association’s Bank Counsel Conference and the Annual Utility Bankruptcy Conference.

 

John has served as Senior Vice Chairman for the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. He also is a Vice Chair of the New Orleans Ballet Association and a member of its Executive Board. John is a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

 

In his free time, John likes to golf, hike, fish and officiate high school football. He is a former member of the Greater New Orleans High School Football Officials Association and was a high school football referee for more than 20 years.  

 

Speeches and Presentations

  • Credit Crisis, Housing Slumps and Economic Slowdown - What Clients and Lawyers Should Expect This Coming Year In Bankruptcy Court, Louisiana State Bar Association, December 2008; June 2008
  • Economic Crisis - What Should Creditors Expect This Coming Year in Bankruptcy Court?, Louisiana Bankers Association - 2008 Bank Counsel Conference, November 2008
  • Creditors’ Committee – Advantages and Disadvantages of Serving On a Committee, 15th Annual Utility Bankruptcy Conference, October 2008
  • Co-Author, Recent Fifth Circuit Decision on Confirmation and Appellate Issues, Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference, Inc., January 2010

Publications

  • Piercing the Bankruptcy Veil; Lifting the Stay and Other Devices, Louisiana State Bar Association, 1988 
  • Co-Author, Foreclosure and Repossession in Louisiana, National Business Institute, 1991
  • Co-Author, Problem Loans, Sterling Education Services, LLC, 2003
  • Co-Author, The Intersection of Admiralty and Bankruptcy: More Questions than Answers, University of Texas Law School 13th Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference, September 24, 2004
  • Co-Author, Who Says Bankruptcy Lawyers Don't Litigate? How to Successfully Try Your Case in Bankruptcy Court, Louisiana State Bar Association, September 21, 2007
  • Co-Author, Credit Crunches, Housing Slumps and Economic Slowdown ---- What Clients and Lawyers Should Expect This Coming Year In Bankruptcy Court, Louisiana State Bar Association, June 10, 2008
  • Economic Crisis -- What Should Creditors Expect This Coming Year in Bankruptcy Court?, Louisiana Bankers Association, November 2008
  • Co-Author, Credit Crisis, Housing Slumps and Economic Slowdown -- What Client's and Lawyers Should Expect This Coming Year in Bankruptcy Court, Louisiana State Bar Association, December 2008
  • Co-Author, New Wave of Litigation - Fraudulent Transfers, Broken Commitments, Failure to Fund and Lack of Good Faith, ABI Annual Meeting, February 2009
  • Co-Author, Recent Fifth Circuit Decision on Confirmation and Appellate Issues, Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference, Inc., January 2010