Johnathan C. Bolton: Lawyer with Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel

Johnathan C. Bolton

Phone(808) 547-5854

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate and Securities
  • Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy
  • International
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate and Construction Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 3196, Honolulu, HI, 96801-3196
University Stony Brook University, B.A., cum laude, 1996
Law SchoolBaylor Law School, J.D., 2000
AdmittedSecond Circuit Court of Appeals; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; Texas (inactive); U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts of Texas; England and Wales (solicitor); Hawaii; New York; U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts of Hawaii

Memberships and Affiliations

•American Bankruptcy Institute
•Hawaii State Bar Association
•Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association, Director
•State Bar of Texas (inactive)
•New York State Bar Association
•Law Society of England and Wales
•Director - Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association (HBBA) 2014-2015

BornSmithtown, New York, 1974

Johnathan Bolton’s diverse practice includes the areas of business law, commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and creditors’ rights and bankruptcy involving matters of finance, real estate, business transactions, collections, insurance, judgment enforcement, foreclosures, and insolvency. He is admitted to practice law in Hawaii, New York and Texas (inactive) and is qualified to practice as a solicitor by the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Johnathan has assisted clients with formation of new business entities in Hawaii, including drafting operating agreements and obtaining protection for intellectual property rights
Johnathan has assisted clients with business contracts and agreements
Johnathan has assisted clients with obtaining trademarks from the USPTO
Johnathan has drafted escrow agreements and intellectual property license agreements
Johnathan has advised clients regarding corporate restructuring issues
Johnathan has assisted clients with structuring of loan agreements
Johnathan has advised clients in connection with sales of substantially all of their assets
Johnathan has advised directors and officers regarding corporate governance issues, including fiduciary duties, conflicts of interest and matters relating to the zone of insolvency
Johnathan has assisted clients with dissolution proceedings under state law

Johnathan represents corporations and financial institutions in collection, repossession and foreclosure matters
Johnathan has represented clients in commercial disputes including breach of contract, business torts, professional malpractice and deceptive acts or practices claims
Johnathan has represented Trust Administrators in commercial disputes
Johnathan has represented clients in securities litigation matters
Johnathan has defended clients in fraudulent conveyance litigation
Johnathan has represented creditor clients in receivership proceedings
Johnathan has represented clients in landlord-tenant disputes, quiet title actions and foreclosure proceedings
Johnathan has assisted clients with judgment enforcement, including writs of garnishment, writs of attachment and writs of possession

Johnathan represents commercial and investment banks, lending institutions, hedge funds and other major creditors in chapter 7, chapter 11 and chapter 13 bankruptcy cases
Johnathan has acted as debtors’ 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 creditor and debtor clients
Johnathan has represented official committees of unsecured creditors and equity holders in chapter 11 cases
Johnathan has experience with cross-border insolvency matters, including chapter 15 bankruptcy cases filed in the U.S.
Johnathan has represented purchasers and sellers of assets in connection with section 363 sales and plans of reorganization
Johnathan has represented clients in preference, fraudulent conveyance and bankruptcy-related litigation matters
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, Johnathan practiced law with Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. (now Norton Rose Fulbright) in Houston, Texas for over a decade before joining Goodsill in 2012.

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 HawaiEi. The Supreme Court of Hawai‘i grants Hawai‘i certification only to lawyers in good standing who have successfully completed a specialty program accredited by the American Bar Association.

Johnathan has published articles in the Hawaii Bar Journal, USLaw Magazine and many leading bankruptcy 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 the author of the Bankruptcy Appeals chapter in the Hawaii State Bar Association’s 2013 Federal Appellate Practice Manual. He frequently writes and speaks on the topics of business bankruptcy and collections law.

Honors and Awards

•Listed in “Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law” (2009-2015)
•Selected by “Hawaii SuperLawyers” (2013-2015)
•Chambers & Partners “Up and Coming” Bankruptcy/Restructuring-Hawaii (2015)
•“AV” Peer Review Rating - Martindale-Hubbell
•Named as a “Future Star” in Benchmark Litigation 2015

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)


•Four attorneys ranked in latest edition of Benchmark Litigation
•Goodsill recognized at 2015 Pro Bono Celebration
•Johnathan Bolton to speak at Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association Fall Conference
•Johnathan Bolton at 2015 Commercial Landlord Tenant Law Conference
•2016 Best Lawyers list includes 25 Goodsill attorneys
•Johnathan C. Bolton Speaks at 2015 Access to Justice Conference
•Goodsill Earns New Listings and Increased Rankings in Chambers USA 2015 Guide
•Client Alert: Supreme Court Rules that Chapter 13 Trustees Must Refund Undistributed Postpetition Earnings to the Debtor Following Conversion
•Johnathan C. Bolton elected President of the Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association
•Client Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Rules that TILA Rescission Claims May Be Effectuated By Written Notification
•Johnathan Bolton named Corporate LiveWire Lawyer of the Year 2014
•25 Goodsill Attorneys in The Best Lawyers in America 2015
•Goodsill Pledges $10, 000 to Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship
•Goodsill Announces Three New Partners
•Bolton Nominated to Board of Directors of Hawai’i Bankruptcy Bar Association
•Attorney Johnathan C. Bolton Presents “12 Steps to a Successful Bankruptcy Appeal” at 2013 Bar Convention of the Hawaii State Bar Association
•Goodsill Business Team Provides Workshop for Start-Ups at Manoa Innovation Center
•Where Collection Law Meets Bankruptcy Law by Johnathan C. Bolton
•Johnathan C. Bolton Speaks to HSBA Real Property and Financial Services Section
•Goodsill’s Start-Up Business Team Invited to Speak at UH’s Entrepreneurs’ Bootcamp
•Intellectual Property Considerations in Times of Financial Distress
•2013 Hawaii Collection and Bankruptcy Law Manual
•Goodsill Recognized In the 2013 PBN Book of Lists
•Goodsill attorney Johnathan C. Bolton quoted in new ABA book: Representing Clients in Mediation
•“Navigating the Complex World of International Insolvency” by Johnathan C. Bolton available on
•Claim Buyers Beware: Timing Is Critical
•Goodsill Attorney named Virtual-Professional-in-Residence at the Shidler College of Business
•Goodsill Hires Bankruptcy Attorney


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Johnathan C. Bolton

999 Bishop Street
HonoluluHI 96813-4500


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