John H. Genovese is a founding shareholder, who co-chairs of the firm's reorganization and insolvency practice. His areas of practice include troubled loan workouts, bankruptcy litigation in Bankruptcy and U.S. District Courts, insurance insolvencies, and other complex commercial litigation. He 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 in excess of $100 million.
John is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been listed in each edition of Woodward/White's "The Best Lawyers in America" since 1989, and has been named to the Legal Media Group's guide to the "World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers."
John has also been recognized as one of Florida's top lawyers by Florida Trend, South Florida Legal Guide, and Florida Super Lawyers. He has been ranked as a "Band 1" Florida bankruptcy attorney in Chambers & Partners USA, which described him as a "formidably skilled individual," and "tough as nails when fighting to get a solution."
A frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and creditors' rights issues, John was co-chairman of the South Florida Court and U.S. Trustee Liaison Committee. He also served on the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission from 2009-2013 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, National Italian American Bar Association, and the Florida Muslim Bar Association.
John was a founding director of the Florida Fiduciary Forum. He was named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. 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.
John is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, United States Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
In 1979, John earned his juris doctor, with distinction, from Ohio Northern University, where he was vice president of the Student Bar Association, Best Oral Advocate and a member of the National Moot Court Team. He earned his bachelor of science in business, magna cum laude, from Siena College, in 1976, after serving in the U.S. Army. In 2011, he received the Professor Joseph A. Buff Award for Career Achievement from Siena College, and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Ohio Northern University in 2014 for professional achievement and support of veterans.
- Bankruptcy Law and Litigation
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Reorganization & Insolvency
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
- Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio
- J.D. - 1979
- Honors: Vice President, Student Bar Association
- Honors: Member, National Moot Court Team, Member
- Honors: Best Oral Advocate
- Honors: With Distinction
- Siena College
- B.S. - 1976
- Honors: magna cum laude
- Honors: Professor Joseph A. Buff Award for Career Achievement
- Major: Business