John P. Melko - Gardere

John P. Melko

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

John Melko's practice focuses on complex sales, acquisitions, bankruptcies and financings in the energy sector throughout the U.S., as well as shipping-related issues in both foreign and domestic cases and financings. John has years of cross-border and multinational experience with oil and gas exploration and production, refining and marketing, airlines, telecommunications, electric utilities, manufacturing, retail, rig and ship finance, mass torts and asset-backed securities. He has represented:

  • Borrowers and debtors in possession
  • Creditors and creditors' committees
  • Securitized noteholders
  • Trustees
  • Investors
  • Buyers of assets and businesses in and out of restructuring or bankruptcy settings

Throughout his career, John has helped guide clients through dislocations in the energy, shipping, telecommunication, real estate and health care markets.

For over two years, John was general counsel of a media company with extensive activity buying, upgrading and selling media properties in all parts of the U.S., an experience that added to his appreciation for lean staffing and efficient matter management.

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions
  • Texas State Courts (1984)
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Widener University South Texas College of Law J.D. 1984
    American Bankruptcy InstituteHouston Bar AssociationU.S.-Mexico Bar Association International Bar AssociationTurnaround Management Association, Houston Chapter

    Client Comments

    "Mr. Melko's extensive legal knowledge is complemented by his pragmatic business judgment, excellent communication and negotiation skills, and attentiveness to client needs and high professional standards. He is a pleasure to work with and a valued member of our restructuring team. "

    -Reece Fulgham
    Chief Restructuring Officer
    Broadstripe LLC

    "John Melko is our "go-to" bankruptcy counsel in Houston."

    Office Location

    Wells Fargo Plaza, Suite 2000
    1000 Louisiana Street
    Houston, TX 77002
    United States

    Lawyer of the Year Awards

    2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Bankruptcy of the Houston Metro Area
    John P. Melko has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

    Practice Areas

    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Chapter 12, Commercial, Energy, Oil & Gas, Out-of-Court Workouts, Telecommunications, Workouts and Restructurings)
    Litigation - Bankruptcy