John H. Small - Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

John H. Small

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 336-271-3124

John Small has significant experience in representing all types of parties in business bankruptcy cases and representing creditors in consumer bankruptcy cases, including Chapter 11 debtors-in-possession, creditors committees, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, equity interests (stockholders, partners or members), Chapter 11 trustees, Chapter 7 trustees and defendants in adversary proceedings, particularly preferential transfers and fraudulent transfers. His practice involves litigating and negotiating matters related to Chapter 11 business cases, including cash collateral issues, relief from stay issues, and negotiating, and drafting plans of reorganization/disclosure statements. He has previously represented creditors and debtors in cases initiated by involuntary bankruptcy petitions. A significant part of his practice also includes negotiating, on behalf of borrowers and lenders, out of court workouts, and restructuring of various financial obligations. He has also represented buyers of assets of operating divisions or entire businesses from Chapter 11 debtors-in-possession.

The other significant practice area for John is general corporate representation of small businesses, including representing buyers and sellers in mergers and stock and asset acquisition transactions. This portion of his practice routinely involves rendering advice on various corporate and corporate governance matters and financing transactions.

He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law, North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization. He also has been recognized as a member of North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Bankruptcy Law by Business North Carolina and was recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.

Honors & Awards 
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Bankruptcy Litigation (2003-2016); Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" for Bankruptcy Litigation (2016)
  • Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers in Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights (2006-2014), Bankruptcy: Business (2015), and Top 100 (2009)
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law (2009-2016)
  • Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Bankruptcy Law (2005-2015)
Certifications
  • Board Certified Specialist in Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law, North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization
Articles, Publications & Speeches
  • "Highlights of Consumer Bankruptcy Changes Under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005," Legal Topics Bulletin
Professional & Community Activities
  • Member, Board of Directors, (2001-04), Chairman of the Board (2002), Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute
  • Executive Committee Member (1997-98), General Board Member (1995-98), Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
  • Chairman (1997-98) and Member (1995-98, 2000-03), Business Services Committee, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
  • Chairman (1998) and Member (1997-98, 2002-03, 2005), Constitution Committee, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
  • Parliamentarian, Alaska Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, 2001, 2002-02, 2003-05
  • Treasurer, Grimsley High School Band Boosters, 2000-
  • Chair (2008--) and Member (2004--), Bankruptcy Law Specialty Committee of the Board of Legal Specialization, North Carolina State Bar
  • Member, Bankruptcy, 1983-, and Business Sections, North Carolina State Bar
  • Member, Bankruptcy Section Council, North Carolina Bar Association, 1986-89
  • Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association, 1979--
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
News

The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillBA 1976Yale Law SchoolJ.D. 1979
American Bankruptcy Institute

Client Comments

"My dealings with John have been very good. He is very knowledgeable in all areas where I have dealt with him. He is very prompt in responding to questions and needs. His experience level is very evident once you deal with him which gives you confidence in the work he does for you. "

Office Location

Renaissance Plaza, Suite 2000
230 North Elm Street
P.O. Box 26000
Greensboro, NC 27420
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Bankruptcy of the Greensboro Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Bankruptcy of the Greensboro Metro Area
John H. Small has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!John H. Small has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Litigation - Bankruptcy