Attorney Profile:

John B. Hutton, III

John B. Hutton, III: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Biography

John B. Hutton III is a bankruptcy litigator, who has spent his entire career with Greenberg Traurig since joining the firm's bankruptcy group in 1993. He has wide-ranging experience representing debtors, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, asset purchasers, indenture trustees and bondholders, across various industries, with a particular focus on municipal finance/ tax exempt bonds, real estate, and hospitality. John focuses on dealing with highly controversial and litigious matters, having litigated issues involving cash collateral, adequate protection, valuation, stay relief, feasibility and plan confirmation treatment. In his early years with the firm, John played a key role in the Southeast Banking Corporation bankruptcy case, one of the largest bank holding companies in Florida, which successfully returned over 100 percent to creditors, along with post-petition interest. He has also had multiple Committee representations, including Mission Health, where the recovery for unsecured creditors was increased from a projected 10 percent to 90 percent. The U.S. Trustee called it the most aggressive Committee she had seen in her career. John has extensive experience in handling indenture trustee and bondholder representations involving tax exempt community development district bonds and the issues arising in such cases. Prior to joining the firm, he completed a Federal District Court Judicial Clerkship.

Areas of Concentration

•Bankruptcy, reorganization and restructuring
•Bond debt restructuring
•Municipal finance/ tax exempt bonds
•Bankruptcy litigation
•Purchase and sale of assets of financially distressed companies
•Hospitality industry bankruptcies
•Creditor/debtor rights
•Financial institution liquidation
•Commercial litigation

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Articles

•Co-Author, Detroit and Stockton Plans Confirmed; Lessons Learned, GT Alert, November 13, 2014
•Quoted, Detroit-Syncora Deal Restores Faith in Chapter 9, Law360, September 10, 2014
•Co-Author, Supreme Court Holds that Free and Clear Sale Plan Cannot be Confirmed Without Preserving Secured Creditor's Credit Bidding Rights, GT Alert, June 11, 2012
•Author, Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Issues, Advanced Bankruptcy Law in Florida, National Business Institute, May 2004
•Author, Revised UCC Article 9, Advanced Bankruptcy Law in Florida, National Business Institute, May 2004
•Co-Author, A Guide to Buying Restaurants Out of Bankruptcy, Restaurant Finance Monitor, April 2003
•Co-Author, Businesses Should Brace for Change, Miami Daily Business Review, August 2001
•Co-Author, Mounting Financial Pressures Spark Trend in Health Care Bankruptcies, Florida Medical Business, March 21, 2000
•Author, Not too late for Y2K compliance plan, South Florida Medical Business, September 29, 1999

Lectures

•Speaker, “Committee Call: Uniform Voidable Transactions ACT (UVTA),” American Bankruptcy Institute, Alexandria, VA, November 29, 2016
•Speaker, Second Circuit Decision in GM Increases Risk of Successor Liability for Purchasers, American Bankruptcy Institute abiLIVE Webinar, October 19, 2016
•Speaker, Medley of Current Chapter 11 Issues: From Overcoming Challenges to Finding an Efficient Exit Strategy, American Bankruptcy Institute's Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, Amelia Island, FL, July 22, 2016
•Speaker, Strategic Considerations for the Bankruptcy Practitioner when Intellectual Property is Involved, Bankruptcy CLE: Bankruptcy & Intellectual Property, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Lauderdale, FL, January 13, 2016
•Speaker, GM's Successor Liability Decision, American Bankruptcy Institute's Asset Sales Committee Conference Call, September 9, 2015
•Speaker, Municipal Bankruptcy and Implications for the Municipal Bond, FGFOA School of Governmental Finance, Destin, FL, November 18, 2014
•Panelist, Pension and Property Rights in Municipal Bankruptcy, Distressed Municipal Financing Symposium, Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, February 7, 2014

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2009-2017
•Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2011-2016
•Listed, South Florida's Up & Comers
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2005-2016
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2016
•Listed, Florida Trend magazine, Legal Elite, Bankruptcy Law, 2005-2007
•Board Certified, Business Bankruptcy Law, American Board of Certification
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Press Releases

08.16.16 130 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

08.16.16 55 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

06.17.16 35 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

06.16.16 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

06.14.16 43 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

06.01.16 32 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

05.27.16 53 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

08.25.15 58 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016

08.19.15 135 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016

06.11.15 95 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Published Articles

12.01.05 Changing laws - Recent changes in bankruptcy law impact business bankruptcies

Alerts

11.13.14 Detroit and Stockton Plans Confirmed; Lessons Learned

06.11.12 Supreme Court Holds that Free and Clear Sale Plan Cannot be Confirmed Without Preserving Secured Creditor's Credit Bidding Rights

03.31.10 Third Circuit Rules that Plan of Reorganization Proposing a Sale of Assets Free and Clear of Liens Need Not Allow Secured Lenders to Credit Bid at the Sale

04.01.00 Third Circuit Rules that PACA Applies to Restaurants

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Restructuring & Bankruptcy

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
305.579.0788  Phone
305.961.5788  Fax
www.gtlaw.com/People/John-B-Hutton-III
University Attended:
Johns Hopkins University, B.A., Political Science, 1988
Law School Attended:
Columbia Law School, J.D., 1991
Admission:
1991, Florida; 1993, District of Columbia (inactive); U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Memberships:

Professional & Community Involvement

•Asset Sales Committee, American Bankruptcy Institute
•Former Co-Chair and Education Director
•Former President and Current Member, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida
•Past Board Chairman and current Board member, Family Resource Center of South Florida, Inc.
•Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Dade County Bar Association
•Member, Business Law Section of the Florida Bar
•Bankruptcy / UCC Committee
•Judicial Liaison Committee

Birth Information:
1966
Reported Cases:
Significant Representations: Representation of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Bunkers International, Inc., involving a worldwide bunkering operation with over $500M in revenues in 2014, which took a sharp drop in 2015 based in part upon the significant drop in oil prices.; Representation of Indenture Trustee with respect to bond indebtedness in excess of $50 million, with respect to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of a debtor engaged in the business of owning and developing real estate in a 400 acre project in Polk County, Florida, known as the Victor Posner City Center, which was a mixed use development that was designed to include retail, commercial and residential buildings. The development was financed by community development district bonds to fund the infrastructure improvements.; Representation of owner and plan sponsor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of PGA Flyover, LLC, owner of a 15.738-acre parcel of land, which is developed with a mixed-use development known as PGA Professional and Design Center.; Representation of lender on a $197 million mortgage loan, with respect to Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the borrower, owner of a 65-acre golf resort hotel and beach club commonly known as the Sawgrass Marriott Resort, in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Lender acquired title to the resort through the bankruptcy proceeding.; Representation of lender on a $119 million mortgage loan with respect to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the borrowers, owners of a hotel, two condominium projects, tax credits and some land, in San Juan, P.R.; Representation of Indenture Trustee with respect to bond indebtedness in excess of $71 million, with respect to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of a developer holding in excess of 120 acres of land in Miami, financed by community development district bonds to fund the infrastructure improvements.; Representation of Indenture Trustee with respect to 11 bond issuances, with aggregate bond indebtedness in excess of $106 million, with respect to Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a master planned residential community comprised of nearly 4,000 zoned acres of land in Naples, Florida, financed by community development district bonds to fund the infrastructure improvements.; Representation of Indenture Trustee, with respect to $300 million in corporate bonds, and as member of the Creditors Committee, in Chapter 11 case filed by Atherogenics, which operated a clinical stage drug development program for its lead antioxidant and anti-inflammatory drug candidate, AGI-1067.; Representation of secured lenders on $800 million revolving credit facility, with respect to Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the borrower, Fontainebleau Las Vegas, and related litigation.; Representation of secured lender with respect to defaulted $32 million loan on a luxury apartment building in Naples, Florida. Obtained dismissal of case within 90 days of the filing.; Representation of lender with respect to $70 million mortgage loan secured by two commonly owned hotels, the Miami Airport Mart Hotel and the Sheraton Orlando Downtown, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding for the hotels.; Representation of GE as secured mortgage lender owed $38 million on three of Bill Heard's dealership properties, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Bill Heard Enterprises, one of the largest dealers of General Motors vehicles in the country.; Representation of Indenture Trustee for secured noteholders, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Greater Miami Neighborhoods, a low income housing debtor, which sold the properties in the bankruptcy and paid the bonds in full.; Representation of Bank of New York as Indenture Trustee on behalf of secured bondholders in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Sun Coast Hospital.; Representation of Chapter 7 Trustee for a large banking corporation, returning over $300 million to creditors from proceeds of litigation settlements with Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and liquidation of other assets.; Representation of franchisor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Burger King franchisee group, in which restaurants and franchise agreements were sold to an approved franchisee, and franchisor received full payment of all outstanding obligations (in excess of $2 million).; Representation of secured lender in connection with Chapter 11 sale of franchised Church's Chicken restaurants with the secured lender receiving almost all of the sale proceeds.; Representation of Textron Financial Corporation as secured lender in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of retail appliance stores.; Representation of McDonald's Corporation as lessor under ground lease to Mid American Oil, Inc.; Representation of Hilton Hotels in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Sunterra Corporation; successfully obtained assumption of various trademark, licensing and management contracts.; Representation of New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Inc. as franchisor in serial bankruptcy filings by former franchisee after termination; successfully obtained stay relief to enforce termination obligations.; Representation of Creditors Committee in health care bankruptcy, with in excess of $50 million in unsecured debt, which provided a distribution of 90% to unsecured creditors.; Representation of Creditors Committee in bankruptcy of large funeral home chain; assisted unsecured creditors in obtaining $1 million carve-out within the first two weeks of retention.; Representation of Creditors Committee in Chapter 11 case of stalled power plant project; assisted unsecured creditors in obtaining a distribution in excess of 30% of their claim amounts.; Representation of Creditors Committee in successful Chapter 11 reorganization of $500 million trucking company; Committee represented interests of more than $100 million in unsecured claimants.; Representation of Chapter 11 Trustee for Debtor/owner and operator of hotel/apartment complex. Case included sale of commercial/residential property for approximately $30 million within 120 days of appointment and confirmation of a plan which provided a 100% return to creditors and a substantial return to equity.; Representation of debtors, indenture trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees and other interested parties in all phases of workout and bankruptcy proceedings, including pre-packaged Chapter 11 plans, state receivership proceedings and adversary proceedings.; Significant experience as trial counsel in adversary proceedings and contested matters involving valuation, plan feasibility, fraudulent conversions, claims objections and allowance, turnover, and breach of contract.; Handled issues involving the purchase and sale of assets, DIP financing, plan confirmation, Section 1125 disclosure, relief from the automatic stay, bad faith filings, perfection of security interests, assumption/assessment and rejection of leases and executory contracts, preferences, fraudulent transfers and equitable subordination.
ISLN:
900657045

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