C. John M. Melissinos

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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.

Professional Affiliations


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

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions


  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law  (J.D., 1989)
  • Cornell University  (B.A., 1986)
  • Johns Hopkins University  (Certificate, 1994)
    • Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies