John Duck joined Adams and Reese in 1979 as a Summer Associate. He joined the firm a year later as an Associate. John has served two terms as Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a former Team Leader of the Firm's Commercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Team. His practice focuses on complex corporate restructuring matters in both bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy contexts.
John advises and represents clients in the acquisition and disposition of corporate assets. He also assists clients with commercial lending matters such as debtor-in-possession financing transactions.
Representing parties in commercial Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters (pre-bankruptcy and debtor-in-possession lenders, creditors and creditor committees, debtors, purchasers, lessors, franchisors and other constituent parties in the restructuring process), his bankruptcy work spans many industries: oil and gas, manufacturing, maritime, gaming, commercial real estate, retail, shipbuilding, agri-business, franchise, pharmaceutical, chemical, construction, music and others.
His other significant contributions include:
- Representing parties in bankruptcy cases throughout the Southeastern United States. He is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Southern District of Alabama and the Northern District of Florida.
- Representing parties in most industries in the restructuring arena and having over 30 years of practice, knowledge and experience before the bankruptcy courts.
- Speaking on bankruptcy matters at numerous conferences and events, including the Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Bankers Association’s Bank Counsel Conference and the Annual Utility Bankruptcy Conference.
John has served as Senior Vice Chairman for the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. He also is a Vice Chair of the New Orleans Ballet Association and a member of its Executive Board. John is a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.
In his free time, John likes to golf, hike, fish and officiate high school football. He is a former member of the Greater New Orleans High School Football Officials Association and was a high school football referee for more than 20 years.