John F. Young is a member of Markus Williams Young & Hunsicker LLC focusing upon the representation of companies and parties in distressed debt situations including creditors, lessors, asset purchasers, debtors, official committees, receivers and trustees in workouts, restructurings, receiverships and bankruptcy proceedings and related commercial litigation. John is certified by the American Board of Certification as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist. 

In re General Moly, Inc. – represented debtor, a publicly traded company and owner of one of the largest molybdenum mines in the United States, in a successful reorganization and confirmation of chapter 11 plan converting all note holder claims in the company to equity and providing a substantial cash dividend to unsecured trade creditors

In re Powell Valley Health Care, Inc – represented debtor, a regional hospital and skilled nursing facility, in a successful reorganization and confirmation of chapter 11 plan preserving over 400 jobs and maintaining a 25 bed hospital, a 100 bed long-term care facility and four medical office buildings and a 24 unit assisted living facility.

In re re American Eagle Energy Corp – represented Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders holding over $170,000,000 of debt against energy producing company

In re Schwinn Bicycle Company – represented the debtor in two separate chapter 11 proceedings ten years apart; the second case concluded with asset sales totaling over $151,000,000 and confirmed chapter 11 plan of liquidation

In re Geneva Steel Company and related cases – counsel for the chapter 11 trustee administering estates with assets totaling $200,000,000 pursuing over $20,000,000 in avoidance claims and fiduciary claims

In re Convergent Communications, Inc.-represented the unsecured creditors committee of a publicly traded company with allowed unsecured claims totaling more than $145,000,000

In re Western Pacific Airlines, Inc.-represented the unsecured creditors committee of a large regional airline with fleet of approximately 30 Boeing 737 aircraft

In re Rimsat Limited-represented unsecured creditors committee in multi-million dollar international satellite company involving jurisdictional disputes across several countries

In re Recycling Industries, Inc.-represented unsecured creditors committee of nationwide scrap metal recycling company with over $100,000,000 in secured debt and $110,000,000 in unsecured notes

In re NetLibraries, Inc. – represented the unsecured creditors committee of company providing electronic books to academic, public, corporate and special libraries across the country

In re Future Beef Operations – represented pre-petition secured lender owed $160,000,000 and same creditor as DIP lender

In re Ocean Journey, Inc. – counsel for the bond holders committee of the Denver aquarium

In re Energy Fuels, Ltd. and In re Nuexco Trading Corporation – counsel for Section 363 purchasers of substantially all assets of companies controlling a substantial majority of the world’s uranium market

In re America West Airlines, Inc.; In re Braniff Airlines, Inc.; and In re Midway Airlines, Inc. – counsel for major trade creditors

Represented purchaser in receiver/UCC sale of multi-million professional services company

Represented successful purchaser in section 363 sale of international toy manufacturing company

Represented chapter 11 trustee of real estate lending company with over $170 million of pending loan transactions

Represented DIP lender to multi-million dollar real estate project in Aspen, Colorado

Represented chapter 11 debtor and its affiliates in commercial resort development project in Telluride, Colorado

Represented chapter 11 debtor in successful reorganization of hotel operating under national franchise flag

Represented chapter 11 debtor and its affiliate in commercial resort development project in Aspen, Colorado

Successfully defended publicly traded company in multi-faceted contract and fraud dispute in which plaintiffs’ claims were dismissed on summary judgment

Represented FDIC in several bankruptcy related matters

The Next Chapter in Bankruptcy & Insolvency, American College of Bankruptcy

Enforcement of Pre-Petition Waivers of the Automatic Stay, The Colorado Lawyer

Healthcare Bankruptcies – Eligibility Issues, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

Ninth Circuit Weighs in on Recoupment of Medicare Overpayments, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

When Disaster Strikes, TMA Rocky Mountain Chapter 2018

Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decisions, ABI Southwest Conference, 2014

Chapter 11 Plan Formation and Confirmation Issues, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2014

Bankruptcy Update 2014, Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section

Judges’ Roundtable: Employment of Chief Restructuring Officers/Mock Trial, 6th Annual TMA Western Regional Conference, 2014

Rights and Responsibilities of Debtors and their Counsel, Faculty of Federal Advocates Bench-Bar Roundtable, 2014

Fraudulent Conveyance and Other Avoidance Claims, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2013

Opinions of Interest and Recent Trends in Colorado and the Tenth Circuit, Faculty of Federal Advocates Bench/Bar Roundtable, 2012

Hot Topics in a Cold Economic Climate, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2012

Chapter 11 Trustees, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2011

Stern v. Marshall and Other Hot Topics, Faculty of Federal Advocates Bench/Bar Roundtable 2011

Real Estate: State of the Industry, VALCON09

Executory Contracts—How to Keep the Ones You Want, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2009

Real Estate Development Issues in Bankruptcy, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2008

Dirt for Debt” Real Estate and Single Asset Bankruptcy Cases, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2007

Presentation of Contested Matters in Bankruptcy, ABI, 2006

Loan Workout and Collateral Liquidation in Colorado, Lorman Educational Services, 2002

Bankruptcy: A Creditor’s Perspective in Colorado, Lorman Educational Services, 2001

Health Care Bankruptcies, Health Care Financial Management Association and Colorado Bar Association-Health Section

American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow

Chairman, Standing Local Bankruptcy Rules Revision Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado (2014-2017)

Chairman and President, American Board of Certification of Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Attorneys (2014-2015)

Former Chair, Real Estate Committee, American Bankruptcy Institute

Former Chair, Bankruptcy Subsection, Colorado Bar Association

Member, Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee, Faculty of Federal Advocates

Program Chair, Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute

Emeritus Director, American Board of Certification of Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Attorneys

American Bankruptcy Institute

Turnaround Management Association

Denver Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Faculty of Federal Advocates

University of Denver, J.D. with honors, 1990
(Admitted to Order of St. Ives)

University of Colorado, B.S., 1985

Keck, Mahin & Cate, Chicago, Illinois (Associate)

areas of concentration

Bankruptcy and Restructuring

Creditors’ Rights

Distressed Investments


Lender Liability

Awards and Recognition

Super Lawyers Illinois Rising Star, Business Bankruptcy (2016)


United States Supreme Court

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court, Colorado

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


Illinois (Inactive)

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