C. John M. Melissinos




John Melissinos practices in all areas of bankruptcy law, representing debtors, creditors, trustees, committees, and other interested parties in complex Chapter 11 cases, bankruptcy related litigation, and complex Chapter 7 matters. He is experienced in representing distressed companies and debtors-in-possession as they seek to restructure or dispose of business units, including in the retail, food, home building, forest products, oil and gas, healthcare, and telecommunications industries.

John also regularly represents purchasers of assets from bankruptcy cases. He advises clients in analyzing and restructuring critical contracts involved in the bankruptcy process and provides input to senior management, directors and counter-parties with respect to employee retention, insurance, environmental and other operational issues that arise in Chapter 11 proceedings and workout situations. He also regularly represents Chapter 7 trustees in complex business liquidation proceedings, including auctions and other dispositions of property. He has extensive experience in evaluating and litigating preference and other avoidance actions, especially fraudulent transfer claims and claims against officers and directors.


  • Represented timber company in its Chapter 11 case, involving numerous asset sales and the restructuring of over $500 million in debt
  • Represented oil rig and ship building company and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 case and resulting assets sales of operating business units
  • Represented internet retailer in its Chapter 11 case
  • Represented creditors' committee of "land bank" entity with over $200 million of debt
  • Represented a poultry processor in Chapter 11 case
  • Advised Chapter 7 trustees in numerous assets dispositions, including sales of real property and many different types of personal property and equipment
  • Defended preference and fraudulent transfer targets, including a financial services company, in avoidance litigation brought in the Bankruptcy Court

Published Articles


  • Rated, "AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5," Martindale Hubbell
  • Listed, "Southern California Super Lawyers," in Business Bankruptcy, 2009 - 2017