John H. Genovese

Partner
John Genovese

John Genovese focuses his practice on troubled loan workouts, bankruptcy litigation in Bankruptcy and U.S. District Courts, insurance insolvencies, and other complex commercial litigation. John acted as co-counsel for the class action shareholders/noteholders in the Enron Chapter 11 proceeding and related matters, which resulted in settlements in excess of $7.2 billion, the nation's largest securities class action recovery. He also served as special litigation counsel to the Chapter 11 Trustee of Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, P.A, reported to be the fourth-largest Ponzi scheme ever in bankruptcy, settling litigation matters for more than $100 million.

John was part of a team serving as special litigation counsel to the Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Title III debtors in the Puerto Rico insolvency proceedings (PROMESA), involving the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Electric and Power Authority, Employees Retirement System, and the Highways and Transportation Authority.

A frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues, John was a co-chairman of the South Florida Court and U.S. Trustee Liaison Committee. He also served on the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission from 2009 to 2013 and was elected to the board of directors for the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida. John is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Bar Association, National Association of Federal Equity Receivers, Cuban American Bar Association, and the National Italian American Bar Association.

John was a founding director of the Florida Fiduciary Forum. He co-authored “Rash Ruling Should Not Affect Chapter 11 Valuations” and “Breakout the D&O Policy” in the National Law Journal.

He is also active with the University of Miami School of Law, Florida International University College of Law, Ohio Northern University, and Siena College in supporting military veterans. He earned his bachelor of science in business, magna cum laude, from Siena College in 1976, after serving in the U.S. Army.

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. with distinction Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law 1979
    • Vice President, Student Bar Association
    • Best Oral Advocate, National Moot Court Team
  • B.S. Business magna cum laude Siena College 1976
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Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Co-chairman, South Florida Court and U.S. Trustee Liaison Committee
  • Former member, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, 2009 – 2013
  • Member, Board of Directors, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Federal Equity Receivers
  • Member, Cuban American Bar Association
  • Member, National Italian American Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Muslim Bar Association
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Recognition
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Chambers USA has described John as a “formidably skilled individual,” and “tough as nails when fighting to get a solution.”

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1989 – 2022
  • LMG, The World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers
  • Chambers USA, Bankruptcy, Florida
  • Super Lawyers, Florida, 2006 – 2022
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, Florida
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, Florida
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Siena College, Professor Joseph A. Buff Award, Career Achievement, 2011
  • Ohio Northern University, Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Professional Achievement and Support of Veterans, 2014