John T. Bycraft > Vedder Price > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vedder Price
CHICAGO, IL 60601-1003
United States

Work Department

Global Transportation Finance




Mr. Bycraft has extensive experience representing borrowers, issuers, servicers, lenders and underwriters in structured finance transactions relating to portfolios of rolling stock and commercial aircraft.

Additionally, Mr. Bycraft represents equity investors, private placement lenders and lessees in U.S. and cross-border leveraged and single-investor lease financings involving rolling stock, aircraft, telecommunications equipment and other machinery and equipment. He has significant experience in a variety of other loan and lease structures.

Mr. Bycraft authored “Single-Purpose Entities and Independent Directors: Does the General Growth Ruling Change Structured Finance?,” which appeared in National Law Review.


  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1992
  • Santa Clara University, B.S., 1989, cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - finance

(Hall of Fame)

John T. BycraftVedder Price

Vedder Price‘s team has an enviable track record in representing lessors, lenders, manufacturers, government agencies, equity investors and operators. It routinely assists with the domestic and international leasing and debt financing of rail assets. The firm is able to leverage dedicated transportation asset finance and securitization lawyers in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as from its London and Singapore offices. With extensive experience in railcar financings, structured finance specialist Geoffrey R. Kass chairs the global transportation finance team. Also  integral to the group are John T. Bycraft, who represents borrowers, issuers, servicers and lenders on structured finance transactions involving rolling stock portfolios; and Michael E. Draz, who is ‘unmatched in his pragmatism, collaboration, sharpness, efficiency, and lack of ego‘. In New York, Jeffrey T. Veber is a transportation finance expert, while Los Angeles-based Clay C. Thomas is a rail industry specialist. At associate level, Joel R. Thielen‘s practice includes rail finance deals, while Jillian S. Greenwald regularly assists with railcar financings. All attorneys mentioned are based in the firm’s Chicago office unless otherwise mentioned.