John R. Rizzardi - Cairncross & Hempelmann

John R. Rizzardi

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 206-254-4444

I provide commercial bankruptcy and creditors' rights advice to clients affected by potential or actual insolvency proceedings, including bankruptcy litigation, all while serving my clients' broader needs. Together with other attorneys in my firm, I represent secured and unsecured lenders, trustees, receivers, committees and selected commercial debtors. My law firm's tax, corporate finance, litigation and real estate attorneys enable me to provide comprehensive legal solutions to our business clients. I do a significant amount of strategic and general business planning to a wide range of companies and their owners, as well as dispute resolution assistance, to clients in our business and litigation practices. I have served as a mediator, bankruptcy examiner and have been a Chapter 7 trustee.

I am currently the Chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Creditor/Debtor's Rights Section. I also am the Past Executive Committee Chair of the Mediation Program for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington. I have been the Chair and President of the Turnaround Management Association.

I am an Honorary Member of the Turnaround Hall of Fame and a regular author and speaker on commercial insolvency and turnaround topics.

Examples of recent and ongoing work include:

  • Assisted major national transportation firm with complex issues associated with insolvency of related party, including valuation and claims resolution
  • Represented senior secured lender with debt realization needs on significant urban condominium tower project
  • Represented 75% equity owner of regional grocer as to all issues arising within grocer’s Chapter 11
  • Assisted multi-family property management enterprise with total restructuring of over $200,000,000 of secured debt on 73 apartment buildings
  • Assisted regional investment advisory firm with services associated with involuntary bankruptcies of several related investment funds
  • Led teams in several distressed asset acquisitions of commercial properties and operating entities
  • Representing courtappointed receiver managing a wide array of multi-state apartment properties

University of Colorado at BoulderBA 1976Seattle UniversityJ.D. 1979
Turnaround Management AssociationWashington State Bar AssociationKing County Bar AssociationTurnaround Management Association

Case History

Recent Activity:
  • Assisted major regional freight hauling company with resolution of related party claims, valuation, and dispositive transaction 
  • Representation of secured lender on resolution of nine figure claim on high-rise residential project in Washington State
  • Representation of ownership entities in restructuring of over 70 apartment buildings owned in Western United States
  • Representation of ownership interests in Chapter 11 sale of large multi-location grocery retailer
  • Representation of secured lender in various agricultural cases, including poultry, dairy, fish and timber
  • Representation of purchasers of assets in numerous bankruptcy and receivership sales
  • Representation of receivers in scores of cases in the State of Washington

Office Location

524 Second Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104-2323
United States

Practice Areas

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

Other Information

Gender: Male