John N. Tedford, IV, Partner

After interning at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., the Nevada Supreme Court, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, John Tedford spent the first three years of his legal career as a law clerk for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. After his clerkships, John joined Danning-Gill as an associate in 2002. He has been a partner at Danning-Gill since January 2009.

John has extensive experience representing Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustees, court-appointed receivers and debtors in bankruptcy cases, and other matters. Clients represented by John include a federal equity receiver appointed for a group of investment companies that operated a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme; 56 Chapter 11 debtors who were collectively the largest nongovernment landowner in downtown Los Angeles; and numerous Chapter 7 trustees for whom John has asserted claims and recovered assets for distribution to creditors. He frequently represents his clients in appeals before the Ninth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and the U.S. District Court and is a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.

When not representing clients, John often writes about or speaks on panels addressing trending topics in his field.  Most recently, John, the Honorable Theodor Albert, Pepperdine School of Law Professor Mark Scarberry, and attorney M. Jonathan Hayes gave a presentation for the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association addressing current and anticipated developments in the law and in practice regarding objections to exemptions claimed by bankruptcy debtors in bad faith.  He also regularly writes e-bulletins published by the California State Bar’s Insolvency Law Committee, and authored a comprehensive article published in the California Bankruptcy Journal regarding the allowance, classification and treatment of real property tax claims in Chapter 11 cases.

John is active in organizations serving bankruptcy professionals.  He has been a member of the board of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum (LABF) since 2009 and currently serves as its President as well as head of the LABF’s Membership and New Media Committee.  He is a member of the California State Bar’s Insolvency Law Committee (ILC) and currently serves as one of its co-chairs.  John also will serve the California Bankruptcy Forum (CBF) as a co-education chair for the CBF’s 2018 annual conference.



Practice Areas

Bankruptcy Appeals

Creditor Representation

Fiduciary Services and Representation

Litigation in Bankruptcy and State Court

General Insolvency

Education

University of Southern California (B.S. 1996)

University of Southern California Gould School of Law (J.D. 1999)

Admissions

BAR ADMISSIONS
State of California, 1999

COURT ADMISSIONS

United States District Court for theCentral District of California

United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

United States District Court for the Southern District of California

United States District Court for the District of Colorado

United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Memberships & Associations

Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, member of Board of Directors (2009-present), President (2017-2018)

Insolvency Law Committee of the Business Law Section, member (2014-present), co-chair (2017-2018)

Financial Lawyers Conference

Editor, California Bankruptcy Journal

California Bar Association

Publications

Case Analysis: JPMCC 2007-C1 Grasslawn Lodging, LLC v. Transwest Resort Props., Inc. (In re Transwest Resort Props., Inc.), 881 F.3d 724 (9th Cir. 2018), Insolvency e-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal State Bar (May 15, 2018).

Case Analysis: Hsu v. MTC Financial, Inc. (In re Hsu), 692 Fed.Appx. 888 (9th Cir. June 30, 2017), Insolvency e-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal State Bar (November 30, 2017).

Case Analysis: Salven v. Galli (In re Pass), 553 B.R. 749 (9th Cir. BAP 2016), Insolvency e-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal State Bar (September 11, 2017).

Case Analysis: United States v. Martin (In re Martin), 542 B.R. 479 (9th Cir. BAP 2015), and Smith v. IRS (In re Smith), 828 F.3d 1094 (9th Cir. 2016), Insolvency e-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal State Bar (October 26, 2016).

Case Analysis: Grego v. U.S. Trustee (In re Grego), 2015 WL 3451559 (9th Cir. BAP May 29, 2015), Insolvency e-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal State Bar (November 12, 2015).

Case Analysis: Ly v. Che (In re Ly), 2015 WL 1787575 (9th Cir. Apr. 21, 2015), Insolvency Law e-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal. State Bar (July 30, 2015).

Case Analysis: Todd v. Rothschild (In re Todd), 2015 WL 1544585 (9th Cir. BAP 2015), Insolvency Law e-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal. State Bar (June 8, 2015).

Case Analysis: Elliott v. Weil (In re Elliott), ___ B.R. ___, 2014 WL 6972472 (9th Cir. BAP 2014), Insolvency Law e-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal. State Bar (February 20, 2015).

Case Analysis: In re Mallo, ___ F.3d ___, 2014 WL 7360130 (10th Cir. 2014), Insolvency Law e-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal. State Bar (February 13, 2015).

Characterization, Classification, Payment and Treatment of Real Property Tax Claims Arising Under California Law, 32 Cal. Bankr. J. 1 (2012).

9th Circuit BAP Significantly Limits Mootness under § 363(m), Bankruptcy Court Decisions, Vol. 50, Issue 7 (2008).

Events

Exemptions: Is Bad Faith a Factor or Not? (September 23, 2017).

Laying Down the Law: The Bankruptcy Court’s Equitable Powers and Strategic Considerations after Law v. Siegel (May 20, 2016)

The Force Awakens: Objections to Exemptions After Law v. Siegel (February 18, 2016)

Recent Developments Affecting Section 363 Bankruptcy Sales and Sale Orders (February 19, 2013)

Cramdowns in Real Estate Bankruptcies and Protecting the Guarantor: A Guide to Commercial Real Estate Loan Reductions through Bankruptcy (March 21, 2012)

Cramdowns in Real Estate Bankruptcies and Protecting the Guarantor (August 30, 2011)

Bankruptcy Sales: Are They Really ‘Free and Clear’? The Aftermath of the Clear Channel Decision (July 20, 2010)

Fallout from the Commercial Real Estate Crisis: Lessons Learned from the General Growth, Namco, and Other Recent Bankruptcy Cases (January 21, 2010)

Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. v. Knupfer (In re PW, LLC), 391 B.R. 25 (9th Cir. BAP 2008): Does Appealing Sales Make for Unappealing Assets? (April 6, 2009)

Unclear Channel for Bankruptcy Sales Free and Clear of Liens – the BAP’s Clear Channel Decision and Its Consequences (February 19, 2009)

Clearing the Channel: Navigating the Sale Waters after Clear Channel (September 3, 2008)