John (Jack) Wm. Butler, Jr.
Corporate Restructuring and Corporate Governance
Jack Butler advises companies and their boards, management, owners, creditors and investors, handling restructurings in and out of court, financial recapitalizations, business reorganizations and other distressed M&A transactions. During his career, he has represented global businesses in hundreds of cross-border restructurings, financing and privatization transactions, and helped acquire and/or divest various business lines and entities. Most recently, Mr. Butler represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in American Airlines’ reorganization and December 2013 merger with US Airways Group, Inc., which was cited for its innovation, collaboration and creativity in the Financial Times’ U.S. “Innovative Lawyers” 2013 rankings. He has been recognized as one of The American Lawyer’s “Dealmakers of the Year” for his work on the Delphi Corporation, Kmart Corporation and Xerox Corporation restructurings, among others.
Mr. Butler is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is given to Americans who exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives. He was named one of the decade’s most influential lawyers by The National Law Journal, and one of 10 lawyers profiled for developing “creative solutions” during the credit crisis in the Financial Times’ inaugural U.S. “Innovative Lawyers” report. He also has been inducted into the M&A Advisors’ Hall of Fame and the Turnaround, Restructuring and Distressed Investing Industry Hall of Fame.
A founder and past chairman of the Turnaround Management Association, Mr. Butler has served in leadership positions for many other industry organizations, including the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Board of Certification, the Commercial Finance Association and its Education Foundation, INSOL International and the New York Institute of Credit. He is also a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and International Insolvency Institute. In addition to serving in leadership positions with numerous civic and charitable organizations, Mr. Butler officiated high school and college football for many years and is a lifetime member of the American Football Coaches Association.
- American Bankruptcy Institute (Director, 1992-1998)
- American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (Commissioner, 2011 to Present)
- American Board of Certification (Chairman, 1997 and Director, 1993-2003)
- American College of Bankruptcy (Fellow, Elected 1997)
- Commercial Finance Association (Associate General Counsel, 1998-2002)
- Commercial Finance Association Education Foundation (Chairman, Governing Board, 1997)
- INSOL International (Co-Chair, World Congress, 2005 and Group of Thirty-Six, 1995-2013)
- International Insolvency Institute (Fellow, Elected 2002)
- New York Institute of Credit (Director, 2010-Present)
- Turnaround Management Association (Chairman, 1996-1997 and Director, 1991-1999, 2001-2004)
- Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (Executive Advisory Council, 2003-2011)
- Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (Board of Governors, 1998-2010, Board of Trustees, 2011-Present)
- St. Chrysostom’s Day School (Advisory Board, 2005-2009)
- Princeton University (John Maclean Society, 1985-Present)
- Albert Schweitzer Award (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership)
- Celtic Medal of Honor (Irish Chamber of Commerce in the United States)
- Ellis Island Medal of Honor (National Coalition of Organizations)
- Leadership in Education Award (New York Institute of Credit)
- Turnaround, Restructuring and Distressed Investing Industry Hall of Fame (Turnaround Management Association)
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1980
A.B., Princeton University, 1977 (magna cum laude)