Johnathan Bolton's law practice centers on business law matters ranging from corporate formation to dissolution, with a particular expertise in creditors' rights, bankruptcy and foreclosure matters. Johnathan is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification and holds a Certificate of Specialization in Business Bankruptcy Law from the Supreme Court of Hawaii.
· Johnathan has represented commercial and investment banks, lending institutions, hedge funds and other major creditors in chapter 11 cases across the country. He has also acted as counsel to several publicly-traded and privately-held companies in their chapter 11 reorganization cases. He has also worked on several successful out-of-court restructurings on behalf of both creditors and debtors.
· Johnathan has experience with cross-border insolvency matters, including chapter 15 bankruptcy cases filed in the U.S., and has counseled clients on matters involving proceedings pending in the United Kingdom, The Russian Federation, The Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Peru, Argentina and Japan.
· Johnathan has represented purchasers and sellers of assets in connection with section 363 sales conducted in the bankruptcy courts in Hawaii, Delaware, California and Texas, including sales of assets through bankruptcy plans of reorganization.
· Johnathan has represented foreign and domestic clients in collection matters, including state court receiverships and foreclosure proceedings, as well as insolvency and bankruptcy-related litigation.
· Johnathan advises corporate directors and officers regarding corporate governance issues, including fiduciary duties, conflicts of interest and matters relating to the zone of insolvency.
During law school, Johnathan served as an Assistant Managing Editor of the Baylor Law Review and was a member of the Order of Barristers. Following graduation from law school in 2000, Johnathan practiced law with Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. in Houston, Texas for over a decade before moving to Hawaii in 2011 and joining the Goodsill firm in Honolulu.
Johnathan has published articles in many leading bankruptcy, insolvency and creditors' rights publications, including the ABI Journal, the TMA Journal of Corporate Renewal, and INSOL World. He is a co-author of the 2013 Hawaii Bankruptcy and Collections Law Manual and frequently writes and speaks on the topics of business bankruptcy and collections law.
Honors and Awards
· "Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law" (2009 - 2013)
· "Top Lawyers in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law," Corporate Counsel (2009 - 2011)
· "AV" Peer Review Rating - Martindale-Hubbell
· SuperLawyers "Rising Star" (2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2012)
Selected Recent Publications
· "Bankruptcy Appeals," HSBA Federal Appellate Practice Manual (2013)
· "Where Collection Law Meets Bankruptcy Law," USLaw Magazine Spring/Summer 2013
· "Intellectual Property Considerations in Times of Financial Distress," Hawaii Bar Journal (2013)
· "Navigating the Complex World of International Insolvency," ExecSense (2012)
· "Claim Buyers Beware: Timing is Critical" ABI Journal (2012)
· "Supreme Court, Appellate Justices Weigh in on Trio of Notable Cases," TMA Journal of Corporate Renewal (2011)
· Co-author, "Risks and Problems of Forum Selection in a Cross-Border Insolvency Case," Norton Annual Review of International Insolvency (2011)
· Co-author, "Grupo Mexicano: Has Picard resurrected the Right to Pre-Judgment Attachments?" ABI Journal (2011)
· Co-author, "English High Court Recognizes, Enforces U.S. Court Judgments in Adversary Proceedings," ABI Journal (2010)
· "Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims," Turnaround Management Association's Journal of Corporate Renewal (2009)
Memberships and Affiliations
American Bankruptcy Institute
Hawaii State Bar Association
Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association
State Bar of Texas (inactive)
New York State Bar Association
Law Society of England and Wales
Director - Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association (HBBA) 2014-2015