John J. Cruciani: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

John J. Cruciani

Partner
Kansas City,  MO  U.S.A.
Phone816.983.8197

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Technology
  • Manufacturing & Transportation
  • Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy
  • Manufacturing
  • Business Litigation
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 816.983.8197
Fax: 816.983.8080
http://www.huschblackwell.com/john-cruciani/
 
University Benedictine College, B.A., 1991
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1994
 
Admitted1994, Missouri; 1995, Kansas; U.S. Court of Appeals; 1995, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas; U.S. Court of Appeals; 1994, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
 
Memberships 

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bankruptcy Institute

•American Board of Certification, Board of Directors, 2003-2009

•Kansas Bar Association

•Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association

•The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

•Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute Advisory Board, 2012-present

•The Missouri Bar

•Missouri Society of CPAs

 
Biography

A member of the firm's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation group and leader of the Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy team, John counsels clients on bankruptcy, insolvency, creditors' rights and commercial litigation matters. He regularly represents debtors, trustee, creditors, committees and buyers in bankruptcy actions, and he has substantial bankruptcy experience within the manufacturing industry. He effectively defends many bankruptcy preference and fraudulent transfer actions on behalf of manufacturers and other firm clients. He is board-certified in business and consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification and is a CPA in Missouri.* John's work includes:

•Counseling Emerson Electric on nationwide bankruptcy and insolvency matters.

Lead bankruptcy counsel in PatientFirst Healthcare and affiliates in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The group of companies included a surgical specialty hospital and physician practices and emerged in a true reorganization.

Lead bankruptcy counsel for the Chapter 11 Trustee and now the Chapter 7 Trustee in the Brooke Corp. et al (Brooke Insurance) jointly administered bankruptcy proceedings in the D. Kan.

Serving as lead bankruptcy counsel for the largest agricultural cooperative Chapter 11 bankruptcy case ever filed in Kansas.

In addition to the manufacturing industry, John's restructuring experience includes healthcare (surgical specialty hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and critical-access hospitals); transportation (capital equipment); agriculture (cooperative restructuring); and insurance. A frequent author and speaker on bankruptcy law matters, John has published periodic articles in Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's KC Counselor and has spoken on bankruptcy topics for American Bankruptcy Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association and Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association events.

*The American Board of Certification's Business Bankruptcy certification program is accredited by the American Bar Association. Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or special designations.

Awards and Recognitions

The Best Lawyers In America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2009-2014; Kansas City Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year, 2014

Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2011-2012

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2006-2013; Top 100, 2011-2013; Top 50 Kansas City, 2011-2013

Civic Involvement

Volunteer Attorney Project

Clerkships

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of The U.S. Trustee, Kansas City, Mo., 1992-1993

• The Hon. Karen M. See, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri, 1993

Experience

Counsel for Missouri-based 500 Emerson Electric Co. on nationwide bankruptcy and insolvency matters.

•Served as lead counsel for PatientFirst Healthcare Inc. and its affiliates as debtors-in-possession in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the D. Kan. Advised surgical specialty hospital and affiliated physician practices in reorganization plan to emerge as a true reorganization without a shutdown or sale of their businesses.

•Serves as lead bankruptcy counsel for the Chapter 11 Trustee and now the Chapter 7 Trustee in the Brooke Corp. et al (Brooke Insurance) jointly administered bankruptcy proceedings pending in the D. Kan.

•Served as bankruptcy co-counsel for HMC/CAH Consolidated Inc. and its 12 operating affiliates as debtors-in-possession in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the W.D. MO. Assisted system of 12 rural hospitals with annual revenues of approximately $100 million reorganize and emerge from Chapter 11 within 15 months of filing as a true reorganization without shutting down or selling a single hospital.

•Represented major creditors and parties-in-interest in numerous Kansas City area Chapter 11 bankruptcies, including Farmland Industries Inc., Havens Steel Products Inc., Trilogy Development Co. LLC (West Edge), Lindemuth and Crescent Oil Company.

•Represented major Kansas City newspaper in construction and commercial claim disputes in The Austin Company Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the N.D. Ohio.

•Lead bankruptcy counsel for the largest agricultural cooperative Chapter 11 bankruptcy case ever filed in Kansas.

Business Insights



Business Insights

6.26.14 Bankruptcy's Impact on Your and Other Creditors' Business: How to Make the Bad News Better
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Webinar

10.04.13 Tax and Bankruptcy: Just Like Peas and Carrots, 33rd Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute & Consumer Forum
Speaking Engagement Kansas City, MO

9.11.13 An Overview of Business Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Issues, Seminar
Speaking Engagement Kansas City, MO

4.24.13 Credit Card Sales in Business to Business (B2B) Sales: Merchant Agreements, Surcharges and Discounts, Seminar
Speaking Engagement Kansas City, MO

5.07.09 Franchise & Distribution Seminar
Seminar Kansas City, MO

March 2014 Professionalism: What I Learned in Scouts and Report of the ABI Civility Task Force, Annual Bankruptcy Institute Series
Speaking Engagement Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia, MO

Small Business Bankruptcy Reorganizations, Wiley Law Publication Book
Article

In The News

10.16.13 In Missouri, 76 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
News Release

8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 Lawyers of the Year
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release

10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
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8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
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10.19.11 Super Lawyers 2011 Names 71 Husch Blackwell Attorneys from Missouri and Nebraska; an Additional 15 Listed as Rising Stars
News Release

9.26.11 Kansas City Business Journal Names 10 Husch Blackwell Attorneys to 2011 Best of the Bar
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9.06.11 More Than 100 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2012
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10.13.10 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2010 Names 64 Husch Blackwell Attorneys; An Additional 20 Listed as Rising Stars
News Release

10.22.09 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2009 Names 73 Husch Blackwell Sanders Attorneys
News Release

 
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John J. Cruciani

4801 Main Street, Suite 1000
Kansas CityMO 64112




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