In the News August 17, 2009

Former Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Joins Alston & Bird

The national law firm of Alston & Bird LLP announced today that John Weiss, a former shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP has joined Alston & Bird’s New York office as a partner, adding to the firm a wealth of experience in helping clients reorganize and restructure their businesses, and navigate complex bankruptcy proceedings.

“John has been a trusted advisor to clients facing some of their toughest decisions,” said Richard R. Hays, managing partner of Alston & Bird. “His expertise strengthens our firm’s position as a partner that clients can rely on to help them steer through the unprecedented challenges facing businesses today.”

Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, John was an associate in Latham & Watkins’ bankruptcy group in New York. Before Latham & Watkins, John began his career as an associate at Duane Morris in Wilmington, Delaware.

John specializes in business reorganization, restructuring and bankruptcy law. In bankruptcy proceedings, he has represented debtors, official and unofficial committees, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, defendants in avoidance actions, lessors and lessees of both real and personal property and professional service firms.

John received a B.A. from Ohio State University in 1996, and his law degree from Dickinson School of Law in 2000. He was named Top Bankruptcy Lawyer, based on number of active assignments, by The Deal in November, 2006, and co-authored "A New World Order: How Hedge Funds Have Changed the Playing Field for Corporate Directors" for the New York Law Journal in March, 2008.

John is the third bankruptcy partner in Alston & Bird’s New York office, and the ninth bankruptcy partner in the firm overall.

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