• Pennsylvania
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - Maryland
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Florida


  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference
  • Turnaround Management Association


  • University of Maryland School of Law, JD
  • Franciscan University, BA
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John E. Lucian


Philadelphia, PA v. +1.215.569.5442 f. +1.215.832.5442

John Lucian concentrates his practice on bankruptcy and financial services litigation, including:

  • representing creditors’ committees, asset purchasers, debtors, trustees, lessors, contract counterparties and creditors in all facets of bankruptcy cases
  • representing lenders in out-of-court restructurings and workouts
  • prosecuting and defending complex financial services litigation
  • defending lenders and regulated entities against TILA, ECOA, HOEPA, RESPA and related consumer finance claims 

As a former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Lucian also handles a variety of litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the region.

Mr. Lucian regularly speaks and writes on litigation and financial services topics.

Mr. Lucian is a past recipient of Lawyers on the Fast Track Award by American Lawyer Media and has been ranked by London-based The Legal 500 as a leader in the field of bankruptcy litigation.

He is fluent in Spanish.


  • Representation of creditors' committee of major Appalachian coal enterprise.
  • Representation of creditors' committee of Philadelphia area hospital.
  • Representation of creditors' committee of Northeastern energy producer.
  • Representation of multi-billion dollar energy company in its Chapter 11.
  • Representation of Chapter 11 trustee of coal company.
  • Representation of DIP lender in bankruptcy of national copper supplier.
  • Representation of professional sports franchise in bankruptcy of key sponsor.
  • Representation of asset purchaser of luxury ski resort.
  • Representation of national homebuilder in developer bankruptcy.
  • Representation of lender in bankruptcy of national food distributor.
  • Representation of lender in bankruptcy of Southeastern produce wholesaler.
  • Representation of lender in Midwest bankruptcy of coal operator. 
  • Representation of creditors’ committee of bank holding company. 
  • Representation of commercial landlord in major retail bankruptcies.
  • Representation of creditors' committee of national auto-parts manufacturer.
  • Counsel to creditors’ committee of regional commercial airline.
  • Representation of trustee of national amusement center in prosecution of over 400 avoidance actions.
  • Successful defense of several national mortgage lenders in a variety of consumer finance and predatory lending cases.
  • Successful defense of national financial institution in multistate consumer lending actions. 
  • Representation of national retailer in defense of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class action suit. 


Mr. Lucian is active in many pro bono endeavors in the local community and is a recipient of Blank Rome's annual Pro Bono Hero Award for his efforts on behalf of pro bono clients and causes.