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My practice focuses on the intersection of commercial and corporate litigation as well as representing clients in sophisticated restructuring and insolvency related proceedings. This experience allows me to provide clients with practical solutions to complex situations both in and out the courtroom.

John "Jack" Spencer is a member of the Adams and Reese Litigation Practice Group, representing clients in diverse areas including corporate reorganization, commercial restructuring, complex bankruptcy law and strategic advisory matters, commercial litigation, and real estate litigation.

Jack has experience in commercial restructuring and bankruptcy, representing debtors, creditors, and official committees of unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, as well as creditors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings, and Canadian debtors in Chapter 15 bankruptcy. Additionally, Jack has experience litigating adversary proceedings and confirmation objections on behalf of lenders.

Jack is licensed to practice in Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Jack’s clients cover the full gamut of industries, including real estate, energy, finance, automotive, retail, among others.

Jack formerly served as a judicial clerk in the Federal Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of Alabama. He earned his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Mississippi.


  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2018
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., 2015

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina


  • University of Alabama School of Law – Dean’s Discretionary Scholarship, Campbell Moot Court Board, CALI Award in Constitutional Law, and Bench and Bar Honor Society
  • Alabama Law and Psychology Review – Editorial Board and Staff Member

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Alabama State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Representation of a variety of defendants in all phases of commercial litigation.
  • Represented creditor clients in litigation related to stay relief, objecting to discharge, and preference defense actions.
  • Advised members and officers of corporations and LLCs, prior to and during Chapter 11 bankruptcies, of their obligations and liabilities under the Bankruptcy Code and various state laws.
  • Defended former C suite executives in fraudulent transfer litigation.
  • Represented commercial landlords in state court and bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Represented future asbestos claimants’ representative in mass tort bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Argued before North Carolina Court of Appeals on behalf of automotive client.
  • Represented debtors in all aspects of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Articles and Publications

Seminars and Presentations

  • The Nuts & Bolts of Bankruptcy Law: The Nuts & Bolts of Retention, Financial Poise, May 2024
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Bankruptcy Law: The Nuts & Bolts of a 363 Motion, Financial Poise, April 2024
  • “The Nuts & Bolts of Bankruptcy Law 2023: Retention,” Financial Poise, October 2023