John E. Lucian


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

  • Representing lenders, creditors’ committees, landlords, asset purchasers, contract counterparties, and creditors in all facets of bankruptcy cases
  • Litigating DIP financing, cash collateral, and related secured creditor disputes in bankruptcy
  • Representing lenders in out-of-court restructurings and workouts
  • Exercising UCC Article 9 remedies and enforcing secured creditor rights
  • Prosecuting and defending complex financial services litigation

As a former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, John handles a variety of financial services litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the country.

John regularly speaks and writes on bankruptcy 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 secured lender of national dairy producer
  • Representation of secured lender in workout of restaurant distributor
  • Representation of creditors' committee of national gas pipeline contractor
  • National bankruptcy counsel to several REITs and commercial landlords
  • Representation of secured lender to national furniture retailer
  • Representation of DIP lender to major cosmetic retailer
  • 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 to 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
  • Representation of creditors’ committee of regional commercial airline
  • Representation of trustee of national amusement center in prosecution of more than 400 avoidance actions
  • Successful defense of several national mortgage lenders in a variety of consumer finance and predatory lending cases

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  • 2024, listed in Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers
  • 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
  • 2023–2024, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Philadelphia, listed in Best Lawyers in America®



  • 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
  • Spanish