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John C. Tishler

John C. Tishler



  • Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring
  • Commercial Finance
  • Crisis Management & Avoidance
  • Finance & Restructuring

WSG Practice Industries


Tennessee, U.S.A.

Hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies, along with their financial advisors and lenders, rely on John Tishler's experience and perspective to lead complex strategic transactions. Whether working out financial arrangements made to organizations now facing financial difficulty or representing the boards of buyers or the boards of sellers of healthcare and other organizational assets, John delivers creative solutions and strategic planning advice that address both immediate challenges and long-term objectives. With more than 25 years of experience and a tenacious commitment to achieving results, John offers clients options and answers that don’t come from a playbook. He served the firm as its chairman from 2008 to 2014.

An insolvency and restructuring attorney by trade, John deals comfortably in both the transactional and litigation arenas. His focus is on the following:

Corporate insolvency/board advice
Creditor’s rights
Financial services
Defaulted bonds
Commercial litigation

John’s experience handling high-profile, complex cases includes serving as lead counsel for the largest creditors in two of the largest retail bankruptcies filed in the United States (Service Merchandise and Kmart), submitting and confirming a Chapter 11 plan while representing the largest unsecured creditor in one of the largest home health/hospice bankruptcy cases ever filed (Intrepid Health Systems), assisting healthcare companies in buying assets (Sumner Regional Health Systems and Logan Regional Health System, for example), and helping clients through their own workouts and bankruptcies (Church Street Health Management, Crittenden Hospital Association and a large senior living company)

Bar Admissions



J.D., with honors, University of Tennessee, 1988
B.A., cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1980
Areas of Practice

Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring | Commercial Finance | Crisis Management & Avoidance | Finance & Restructuring | Healthcare Commercial Finance | Healthcare Litigation | Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Campaign Chair, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, 2014
Campaign Chair, Raising the Bar, Tennessee Justice Center, 2015
Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
Member, American Bankruptcy Law Institute
Member, Advisory Committee on Rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Past President, Tennessee Chapter, Turnaround Management Association, 2003-2005

Professional Activities and Experience

Law Clerk, Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons, United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, 1988-1989
Sports News Coordinator, Texas A&M University, 1982-1984
Associate Sports Information Director, University of Mississippi, 1980-1982

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