After interning at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., the Nevada Supreme Court, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, John Tedford spent the first three years of his legal career as a law clerk for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. After his clerkships, John joined Danning Gill as an associate in 2002. He has been a partner at Danning Gill since January 2009.
John has extensive experience representing Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustees, court-appointed receivers and debtors in bankruptcy cases, and other matters. Clients represented by John include a federal equity receiver appointed for a group of investment companies that operated a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme; 56 Chapter 11 debtors who were collectively the largest nongovernment landowner in downtown Los Angeles; and numerous Chapter 7 trustees for whom John has asserted claims and recovered assets for distribution to creditors. He frequently represents his clients in appeals before the Ninth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and the U.S. District Court and is a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
When not representing clients, John often writes about or speaks on panels addressing trending topics in his field. Most recently, John, the Honorable Theodor Albert, Pepperdine School of Law Professor Mark Scarberry, and attorney M. Jonathan Hayes gave a presentation for the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association addressing current and anticipated developments in the law and in practice regarding objections to exemptions claimed by bankruptcy debtors in bad faith. He also regularly writes e-bulletins published by the California State Bar’s Insolvency Law Committee, and authored a comprehensive article published in the California Bankruptcy Journal regarding the allowance, classification and treatment of real property tax claims in Chapter 11 cases.
John is active in organizations serving bankruptcy professionals. He has been a member of the board of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum (LABF) since 2009 and served as its President in 2017-2018, and served as head of the LABF’s Membership and New Media Committee for five years. He is a member of the California State Bar’s Insolvency Law Committee (ILC) and served as one of its co-chairs in 2017-2018. John also will serve the California Bankruptcy Forum (CBF) as a conference co-chair for the CBF’s 2019 annual conference.