John Spires

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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Kentucky, USA
    Local Time: Sunday 20:02

Practice Expertise

  • Litigation
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Litigation


John represents both creditors and debtors in complex bankruptcy cases and workouts outside the bankruptcy system. He has litigated a number of contested matters arising in bankruptcy cases, and has successfully defended clients on claims ranging from demands for the return of alleged preferential and fraudulent transfers to claims for breach of the automatic stay.

He also practices as a commercial litigator, and has represented clients in cases involving claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and other business-related issues. John has practiced before Kentucky’s federal and state trial courts, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the Kentucky Supreme Court, and United States Bankruptcy Courts in multiple states. His litigation experience allows him to counsel clients in any disputed matter.

John takes the time with his clients to understand their business operations so he can help them navigate complex situations involving creditors and debtors. He spends each day reviewing new court opinions and watching for new trends in the law so he can help his clients adapt to changing circumstances.

Before joining Dinsmore, John served as a law clerk to Judge Jennifer B. Coffman, United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
    U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


  • University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2006)
    • Valedictorian; student graduation speaker
    • Nine CALI Awards as top student in various courses and Best Brief, Reed Writing Club
    • Order of the Coif
    • Kentucky Law Journal, editor-in-chief
    • Student Bar Association, treasurer
    • Class of '49 Fellowship
  • Wake Forest University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2001)

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments
  • Lexington Young Professionals Association, Rising Star
  • Difference Maker Award in Honor of Alice J. Neeley (2013)
  • Peer Review Rated BV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® 
    • For Bankruptcy: Business (2021)

Professional Associations
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Leadership Lexington (2013 - 2014)
  • Second Presbyterian Church, Personnel Committee
  • Central Kentucky YMCA, Board of Directors
  • Lexington Public Library Foundation, Young Professionals Committee
  • Kentucky Law Journal Association, Board of Directors, president (2007)
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2015 - 2016)

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