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O'Melveny & Myers LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States

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John J. Rapisardi, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Global Restructuring Practice, has 30 years of domestic and international debtor and creditor restructuring experience across a variety of industries, including automotive, casinos, chemical, health care, retail, real estate, satellite, sports franchises, textile and telecommunications. Consistently recognized as one of the leading restructuring lawyers in the US, Chambers USA has recently described John as a “tremendous lawyer” who is “well regarded in the industry” and praises his approach to both company and creditor-side transactions as “very measured, smart, diligent and thoughtful.”


  • New York University, LL.M., 1985
  • Pace University, J.D., 1982: Pace Law Review
  • Fordham University, B.S., 1979: beta gamma sigma

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

(Hall of Fame)

John RapisardiO’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP is entrusted by many clients with complex restructurings; it represented the ad hoc group of Belk Inc. in its Chapter 11 case, recognized for its rapid completion. Joseph Zujkowski led the representation and facilitated a prepacked plan seeking for unsecured claims to be completely recovered. John Rapisardi is the chair of the practice and is based in New York. Scott Drake, Greg Wilkes and Louis Strubeck have joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in June 2021, and are based in Dallas. Nancy Mitchell departed in April 2021.

United States > Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal

O’Melveny & Myers LLP possesses ‘market-leading experience‘ in the restructuring of both governmental and municipal debt. Its expertise is recognized by many, with clients such as City of Long Beach and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico entrusting the practice with the handling of matters. Its representation of City of Long Beach concerns the resolution of $500m in debt; global chair John Rapisardi leads the matter and also oversees the development of long-term budget projects and restructuring plans. He also leads the representation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico pertaining to the restructuring of $23bn of debt, whilst achieving over $10bn in savings for the public of Puerto Rico. Mohammad Saleh Yassin joined the practice, strengthening the team with his experience as the former Director of the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority. Nancy Mitchell departed in April 2021. Lawyers mentioned are in New York.