John E. Lucian


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, John also handles a variety of litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the region.

John regularly speaks and writes on litigation and financial services topics.

Chambers USA ranks John as a leader in bankruptcy and restructuring law. Chambers sources “laud his ability to negotiate effectively and also compromise where it is needed.” Clients have also noted in Chambers that he is “very bright and knowledgeable” and “does a great job of anticipating legal and non-legal issues.

John 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 multibillion 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 more than400 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

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  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law, listed in Chambers USA
  • “Lawyer on the Fast Track,” listed by American Lawyer Media
  • Bankruptcy Litigation Law, listed in The Legal 500
  • 2018, listed in Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll 



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

John 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.



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


  • Franciscan University, BA
  • University of Maryland School of Law, JD