John F. Young

John F. Young is a member of Markus Williams Young & Hunsicker LLC focusing upon the representation of companies and parties in distressed debt situations including creditors, lessors, asset purchasers, debtors, official committees, receivers and trustees in workouts, restructurings, receiverships and bankruptcy proceedings and related commercial litigation.

Representative Transactions/Representative Cases

  • In re Powell Valley Health Care, Inc – represented debtor, a regional hospital and skilled nursing facility, in a successful reorganization and confirmation of Chapter 11 plan preserving over 400 jobs and maintaining a 25 bed hospital, a 100 bed long-term care facility and four medical office buildings and a 24 unit assisted living facility.
  • In re re American Eagle Energy Corp – represented Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders holding over $170,000,000 of debt against energy producing company
  • In re Schwinn Bicycle Company – represented the debtor in two separate chapter 11 proceedings ten years apart; the second case concluded with asset sales totaling over $151,000,000 and confirmed chapter 11 plan of liquidation
  • In re Geneva Steel Company and related cases – counsel for the chapter 11 trustee administering estates with assets totaling $200,000,000 pursuing over $20,000,000 in avoidance claims and fiduciary claims
  • In re Convergent Communications, Inc.-represented the unsecured creditors committee of a publicly traded company with allowed unsecured claims totaling more than $145,000,000
  • In re Western Pacific Airlines, Inc.-represented the unsecured creditors committee of a large regional airline with fleet of approximately 30 Boeing 737 aircraft
  • In re Rimsat Limited-represented unsecured creditors committee in multi-million dollar international satellite company involving jurisdictional disputes across several countries
  • In re Recycling Industries, Inc.-represented unsecured creditors committee of nationwide scrap metal recycling company with over $100,000,000 in secured debt and $110,000,000 in unsecured notes
  • In re NetLibraries, Inc. – represented the unsecured creditors committee of company providing electronic books to academic, public, corporate and special libraries across the country
  • In re Future Beef Operations – represented pre-petition secured lender owed $160,000,000 and same creditor as DIP lender
  • In re Ocean Journey, Inc. – counsel for the bond holders committee of the Denver aquarium
  • In re Energy Fuels, Ltd. and In re Nuexco Trading Corporation – counsel for Section 363 purchasers of substantially all assets of companies controlling a substantial majority of the world’s uranium market
  • In re America West Airlines, Inc.; In re Braniff Airlines, Inc.; and In re Midway Airlines, Inc. – counsel for major trade creditors
  • Represented purchaser in receiver/UCC sale of multi-million professional services company
  • Represented successful purchaser in section 363 sale of international toy manufacturing company
  • Represented chapter 11 trustee of real estate lending company with over $170 million of pending loan transactions
  • Represented DIP lender to multi-million dollar real estate project in Aspen, Colorado
  • Represented chapter 11 debtor and its affiliates in commercial resort development project in Telluride, Colorado
  • Represented chapter 11 debtor in successful reorganization of hotel operating under national franchise flag
  • Successfully defended publicly traded company in multi-faceted contract and fraud dispute in which plaintiffs’ claims were dismissed on summary judgment
  • Represented FDIC in several bankruptcy related matters

Publications and Presentations

  • Enforcement of Pre-Petition Waivers of the Automatic Stay, The Colorado Lawyer
  • Healthcare Bankruptcies – Eligibility Issues, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
  • Ninth Circuit Weighs in on Recoupment of Medicare Overpayments, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
  • When Disaster Strikes, TMA Rocky Mountain Chapter 2018
  • Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decisions, ABI Southwest Conference, 2014
  • Chapter 11 Plan Formation and Confirmation Issues, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2014
  • Bankruptcy Update 2014, Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section
  • Judges’ Roundtable: Employment of Chief Restructuring Officers/Mock Trial, 6th Annual TMA Western Regional Conference, 2014
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Debtors and their Counsel, Faculty of Federal Advocates Bench-Bar Roundtable, 2014
  • Fraudulent Conveyance and Other Avoidance Claims, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2013
  • Opinions of Interest and Recent Trends in Colorado and the Tenth Circuit, Faculty of Federal Advocates Bench/Bar Roundtable, 2012
  • Hot Topics in a Cold Economic Climate, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2012
  • Chapter 11 Trustees, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2011
  • Stern v. Marshall and Other Hot Topics, Faculty of Federal Advocates Bench/Bar Roundtable 2011
  • Real Estate: State of the Industry, VALCON09
  • Executory Contracts—How to Keep the Ones You Want, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2009
  • Real Estate Development Issues in Bankruptcy, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2008
  • Dirt for Debt” Real Estate and Single Asset Bankruptcy Cases, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2007
  • Presentation of Contested Matters in Bankruptcy, ABI, 2006
  • Loan Workout and Collateral Liquidation in Colorado, Lorman Educational Services, 2002
  • Bankruptcy: A Creditor’s Perspective in Colorado, Lorman Educational Services, 2001
  • Health Care Bankruptcies, Health Care Financial Management Association and Colorado Bar Association-Health Section

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Chairman, Standing Local Bankruptcy Rules Revision Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado (2014-2017)
  • Chairman and President, American Board of Certification of Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Attorneys (2014-2015)
  • Former Chair, Real Estate Committee, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Former Chair, Bankruptcy Subsection, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee, Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Program Chair, Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Emeritus Director, American Board of Certification of Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Attorneys
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates

Awards and Recognition

  • Certified Business Bankruptcy Specialist, American Board of Certification
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy – Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
  • The Best Lawyers in America® – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Lawyer of the Year 2016)
  • Colorado Super Lawyer, Creditor Debtor Rights

Related Employment

  • Keck, Mahin & Cate, Chicago, Illinois (Associate)
John F. Young

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  • University of Denver, J.D. with honors, 1990
    (Admitted to Order of St. Ives)
  • University of Colorado, B.S., 1985


  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Colorado
  • Illinois (Inactive)