C. John M. Melissinos, 54, passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2019. Born in Rochester, New York, John graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in History, and received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. He also held a Certificate from Johns Hopkins University - Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. John devoted his legal career to bankruptcy and insolvency law, representing, debtors, creditors, committees in Chapter 11 cases, and distressed companies as they sought to restructure or dispose of business units. He regularly represented Chapter 7 trustees in complex business liquidation proceedings.

John practiced law at Andrews Kurth and then at Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff Inc. before joining Century City’s Greenberg Glusker as a partner in 2012. He remained with Greenberg Glusker until his death.

John enjoyed discussing world affairs including politics and business economics, solving difficult problems and especially coaching and refereeing youth soccer. He was very active in the community, serving as past president of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, a professional organization that serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information relating to the courts and substantive bankruptcy law. He also served as treasurer of the Board of Trustees of The Oaks School in Hollywood, and as an active member of the Cornell Alumni Association. 

Brian Davidoff, Chair of Greenberg Glusker’s bankruptcy practice stated, “John was an outstanding bankruptcy lawyer. He earned the respect of his partners, peers and judges. John was the lawyer’s lawyer; someone whom others turned to in the most difficult of cases. John was dedicated—to his family, to his work, and to finding the right balance between the two.”

Greenberg Glusker Managing Partner Bob Baradaran added, “We all are John’s beneficiaries because of the wonderful person he was, his deep intelligence and commitment to the practice of law and his clients, and his remarkable sense of humor. We mourn his untimely death.”

John is survived by his wife, Candice Culnane, and daughters Chesney and Logan. John is also survived by his father, Adrian, of Rochester, New York, and brother, Andrew, of Los Angeles.