John B. Macdonald

John B. Macdonald


Akerman LLP

Recognized since 2005

Jacksonville, Florida

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Banking and Finance

Litigation - Bankruptcy

Litigation - Real Estate

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
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John Macdonald focuses on complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters as part of a broad commercial litigation practice. John represents major financial institutions in loan workouts, restructurings, and foreclosures. He is recognized by Chambers USA as a leading bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer and was named a “Lawyer of the Year” for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law by The Best Lawyers in America.

He has a distinguished history of service to the legal community and has served in numerous leadership positions, including as chair of The Florida Bar’s Bankruptcy/UCC Committee, as a member of the Executive Council of The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section, and as the president and chairman of the Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association. John is also a leader in the community serving on the national board of directors of Lowe Syndrome Association, as president and on the board of directors of North Florida School of Special Education, and is a past president of the Northern Florida Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Location

  • 50 North Laura Street, Suite 3100
    Jacksonville, FL 32202

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, Florida State Bar

Affiliations

  • Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association - Past President, 1991-1993; Past Chairman, 1993
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section - Past Chairman, 1990-1991
  • Lowe Syndrome Association, National Board of Directors - Board Member
  • North Florida School of Special Education - President, Board of Directors
  • Northern Florida Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - President, 2000-2003
  • The Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Bankruptcy/UCC Committee - Member, Past Vice Chairman, 1998-2000, Past Chairman, 2000-2001; Pro Bono Committee, Member 2011-present, Chairman 2015-2017; Judicial Liaison Committee, Past Co-Chairman, 2001-2002; Business Law Section, Executive Council, Member 2002-2012, 2015-2017; Fo

Akerman LLP
Jacksonville, Florida

212 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

80 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Real Estate, Jacksonville (2022)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Jacksonville (2021)
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Jacksonville (2020)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Jacksonville (2019)
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy, Jacksonville (2018)
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance, Jacksonville (2017)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Jacksonville (2016)
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance, Jacksonville (2012)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Jacksonville (2011)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2009-2011, 2013-2014, Listed for Bankruptcy & Workout
  • The Jacksonville Bar Association, Professionalism Award, 2014
  • Jacksonville Magazine 2014, Listed in 904 Magazine's "Top Lawyers" for Bankruptcy
  • Jacksonville Business Journal, Jacksonville's Ultimate Attorneys Honoree, 2016
  • Super Lawyers Magazine 2008-2016, Listed in Florida for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights and Business Litigation
  • Chambers USA 2014-2016, Ranked in Florida for Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Representative Experience

  • Debt Restructuring: Represented creditors’ committee as local counsel in a dispute involving a major grocery chain with $985 million in unsecured debt. Assisted in the formulation and confirmation of the debt reorganization.
  • Charitable Trust: Representing state attorney general as lead trial counsel in ongoing efforts to enforce the provisions of a $5 billion charitable trust to benefit healthcare for children and the elderly.
  • Auto Loan Ponzi Scheme: Represented creditors’ committee in securing appropriate restitution after debtor engaged in a $23 million Ponzi scheme in the subprime auto loan industry.

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