John Small has more than 30 years of experience representing both creditors and debtors in business bankruptcies, and is a Board Certified specialist in Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law. He also counsels small businesses and religious organizations on a wide range of legal issues. He thrives on solving his clients’ most complex problems.
John represents secured creditors in bankruptcies for business and real estate loans. He also has experience working with landlords, equipment lessors, trade creditors and Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 trustees in bankruptcy cases, as well as individuals who may be purchasing assets out of the bankruptcy.
John represents businesses experiencing financial difficulties, many of which are going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. He has represented a variety of businesses, including manufacturing companies, retailers, and real estate companies.
John represents both principals and small businesses, including corporations, LLCs, and partnerships, on entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, financing and contract issues.
John serves as general counsel for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and represents other churches and religious organizations both inside and outside the Baptist denomination. He helps religious organizations navigate their unique legal landscape, including structure, governance issues and the impact of the First Amendment on general laws and regulations applicable to religious organizations.
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Bankruptcy Litigation (2003-2019); Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" for Bankruptcy Litigation (2016) and for Bet-the-Company Litigation (2018)
Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights (2006-2014), Bankruptcy: Business (2015-2018), and Top 100 (2009)
Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition in Bankruptcy: Business (2015)
Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law (2009-2018)
Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Bankruptcy Law (2005-2015, 2017-2018)
Vice-Chair (2018-present), Member (1986-89, 2015-present), Bankruptcy Section Council, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, (2001-04), Chairman of the Board (2002), Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute
Executive Committee Member (1997-98), General Board Member (1995-98), Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
Chairman (1997-98) and Member (1995-98, 2000-03), Business Services Committee, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
Chairman (1998) and Member (1997-98, 2002-03, 2005), Constitution Committee, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
Parliamentarian, Alaska Baptist Convention Annual Meeting (2001, 2002)
Treasurer, Grimsley High School Band Boosters (2000-2003)
Chair (2008--2009) and Member (2004-2009), Bankruptcy Law Specialty Committee of the Board of Legal Specialization, North Carolina State Bar
Member, Bankruptcy and Business Sections, North Carolina State Bar
Member, American Bankruptcy Institute