John C. Tishler

Hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies, along with their financial advisors and lenders, rely on John Tishler's experience and perspective to lead complex strategic transactions. Whether working out financial arrangements made to organizations now facing financial difficulty or representing the boards of buyers or the boards of sellers of healthcare and other organizational  assets, John delivers creative solutions and strategic planning advice that address both immediate challenges and long-term objectives. With more than 25 years of experience and a tenacious commitment to achieving results, John offers clients options and answers that don’t come from a playbook. He served the firm as its chairman from 2008 to 2014.

An insolvency and restructuring attorney by trade, John deals comfortably in both the transactional and litigation arenas. His focus is on the following:

  • Corporate insolvency/board advice
  • Creditor’s rights
  • Financial services
  • Defaulted bonds
  • Commercial litigation

John’s experience handling high-profile, complex cases includes serving as lead counsel for the largest creditors in two of the largest retail bankruptcies filed in the United States (Service Merchandise and Kmart), submitting and confirming a Chapter 11 plan while representing the largest unsecured creditor in one of the largest home health/hospice bankruptcy cases ever filed (Intrepid Health Systems), assisting healthcare companies in buying assets (Sumner Regional Health Systems and Logan Regional Health System, for example), and helping clients through their own workouts and bankruptcies (Church Street Health Management, Crittenden Hospital Association and a large senior living company).


Best Lawyers has recognized John for his work in the Business/Corporate areas as well as the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and in Litigation – Bankruptcy, and has been named a "2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer."


  • Represented an investor-owned healthcare operator in the acquisition of multiple hospital companies out of Texas bankruptcy proceedings
  • Represented a large owner of senior living facilities in a successful workout of its senior credit facility
  • Represented the chief secured lender to Lexington Precision Corporation, a publicly traded company that manufactures medical devices and auto parts and filed bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York
  • Assisted a client in the successful completion of the $150 million acquisition of a multi-location, tax-exempt acute care hospital entity
  • Served as lead counsel to the largest holders of secured debt of Intrepid USA, which was one of the country’s largest home health companies when it filed for bankruptcy protection in the District of Minnesota
  • Represented the largest creditors in the Service Merchandise and K-Mart bankruptcies
  • Represented The Garden Companies in their Chapter 11 cases in the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Represented  the senior secured lender in Health Essentials Solutions’ bankruptcy case in Kentucky
  • Has successfully completed receivership sales in federal courts in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee for indenture trustee clients


  • Campaign Chair, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, 2014
  • Campaign Chair, Raising the Bar, Tennessee Justice Center, 2015
  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Law Institute
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Past President, Tennessee Chapter, Turnaround Management Association, 2003-2005

Prior Affiliations

  • Law Clerk, Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons, United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, 1988-1989
  • Sports News Coordinator, Texas A&M University, 1982-1984
  • Associate Sports Information Director, University of Mississippi, 1980-1982


  • J.D., with honors, University of Tennessee, 1988
    • Editor-in-Chief - Tennessee Law Review
  • B.A., cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1980

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • California

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee

Up Close

In a prior life, John worked in the sports information offices of Ole Miss (1980-1982) and Texas A&M (1982-1984). His interest in sports continues, but when a game does not hold his attention, he turns to whichever biography is at the top of his reading list.