John C. Weitnauer - Alston & Bird LLP

John C. Weitnauer

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Kit Weitnauer is the practice group leader of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Practice Group. His recent experience includes representing clients with significant roles in the Residential Capital, Taylor Bean & Whitaker, Spectrum Brands, Lehman Brothers, IndyMac Bancorp and Enron bankruptcies. 

He served as plaintiff’s trial counsel (along with local co-counsel) in a five-week jury trial in Oregon that resulted in a verdict that found over $965 million in transfers were made with the actual intent to hinder, delay or defraud his client and that awarded $350 million in punitive damages to his client.  

In 2014 he was named the Atlanta Bankruptcy Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America, which has recognized his skill since 1996. Mr. Weitnauer has been profiled in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of Bankruptcy/Restructuring since 2007. 

He is the author of The Bankruptcy Court’s Watchdog: The Appointment, Role and Power of Examiners Today, co-author of Business Valuation and Bankruptcy and co-author of Problem Loan Strategies. He is a contributing editor of Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice and the Bankruptcy Litigation Manual

Mr. Weitnauer is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and a frequent speaker on a wide range of bankruptcy topics. 

Washington and Lee UniversityBA 1974University of Georgia Law SchoolJ.D. 1977
American Bar AssociationTurnaround Management Association: Atlanta ChapterAmerican Bankruptcy Institute

Case History

  • Represents Wells Fargo, N.A., as Trustee and Master Servicer in Residential Capital bankruptcy
  • Represents Wells Fargo, N.A., as Master Servicer of 12 Trusts holding $3.9 billion in assets, in the Taylor, Bean and Whitaker Corp. bankruptcy.
  • Lead trial counsel to the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders in the contested plan confirmation hearing in the Spectrum Brands Chapter 11 case.
  • Represents various clients with various issues (swaps, swap terminations, structured finance deals, among others) in connection with the Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcies.
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  • Plaintiffs’ trial counsel (together with Oregon co-counsel) in a complex fraudulent transfer case, which resulted in a December 2006 jury verdict that (i) approximately $1 billion in assets had been transferred with actual intent to hinder, delay or defraud the plaintiffs and (ii) awarded the plaintiffs $350 million in punitive damages.
  • Counsel for the debtor in possession in the cases of: Galey & Lord, Inc. (Section 363 sale concluded in three months); Sports Court, Inc. and American Athletic, Inc. (Section 363 sales of two related companies concluded in two months); KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. (pre-arranged plan for $600 million in debt confirmed within several months after filing); and Cajun Electric Power Cooperative ($5 billion restructuring with the REA).
  • Special counsel to First American Healthcare (honored as the “Turnaround of the Year” by the Atlanta chapter of the Turnaround Management Association).
  • Represented the Examiner in both the Enron and the Southmark bankruptcy cases. In the Enron Examination he was the author of “Legal Standards” contained in the Examiner’s reports and also served as the reporter for the “Role of Enron’s Attorneys” and was one of the two reporters for the “Role of JPMorganChase.”

Office Location

One Atlantic Center, Suite 4900
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309-3424
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Bankruptcy of the Atlanta Metro Area
John C. Weitnauer has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation - Bankruptcy

Other Information

Gender: Male