J. William Boone











For over 29 years, J. William Boone has devoted his law practice on bankruptcy and restructuring related matters, including representation of debtors unsecured creditors, financial institutions, trustees and indentured trustees in all aspects of significant domestic and international bankruptcy, workouts and reorganizations, including complicated litigation. He has substantial experience assisting both national and international clients in acquiring assets and operating businesses from bankruptcy estates. Mr. Boone is admitted to practice in Georgia, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Practice Areas

Professional Organizations/Activities

  • Atlanta Bar Association, Former Member of Board of Directors and Chair of Bankruptcy Section
  • International Insolvency Institute, Member of Board of Directors and Founding member
  • American Bar Association, Business Bankruptcy Section, Co-Chair of Joint Task Force on Corporate Governance
  • Turnaround Management Association, Member

Awards + Recognitions

  • Recognized in the top 1% as the "Best of the Best!" by America's Most Honored Professionals
  • Fellow of American College of Bankruptcy
  • Selected The Best Lawyers in America in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Awarded Top 10 Bankruptcy Attorney in Georgia by the National Academy for Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Delegate to UNCITRAL on Insolvency Issues
  • Selected Super Lawyer in Georgia
  • Laureate of Smithsonian Institute for Innovation in Law
  • Top Rated Lawyer, American Lawyer Media
  • AV® Preeminent ™ rated attorney with Martindale Hubbell for Twenty Years
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights, Georgia Trend
  • Leading Insolvency/Restructuring Lawyer, Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers
  • Selected to the Guide to the World's Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Law, International Legal Market's Leading Guide to the Top Legal Practitioners Advising on Banking, Finance and Transactional Law 
  • Rated by Atlanta Magazine as One of the Top Attorneys in Georgia

Presentations + Publications

  • Boone, J. William, Michael A. Dunn, and Doroteya N. Wozniak. "United States." Debt Restructuring: An Alternative to Insolvency Proceedings. First ed. London: Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Limited. The European Lawyer Reference Series, 2014. 343-63. Print.
  • Boone, J. William. “United States of America.” International Insolvency: Jurisdictional Comparisons. Third ed. London: Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Limited. The European Lawyer Reference Series, 2012. 415-36. Print.
  • “Not-for-Profits in Bankruptcy: Who Doesn’t Love a Charity?” BNA’s Bankruptcy Law Reporter, September 2011
  • “Multinational Enterprise Liability in Insolvency Proceedings,” The European Lawyer Reference Series, 2nd ed., September 2010
  • “Secured Lending to Debtors; Portfolios and Possibilities” Lex Mundi, May 2006


  • Mercer University (J.D. cum laude 1977)
  • Wake Forest University (B. A. cum laude 1974)


  • Georgia, 1977
  • District of Columbia, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
  • New York, 2008

Representative Experience

  • Represented community hospital in restructuring bond indebtedness
  • Represented debtor to restructure real estate development company
  • Represented debtor of manufacturing company in Chapter 11 restructuring
  • Represented major financial institutions in their capacity as trustee for securitized transactions in over 20 Chapter 11 cases in Delaware, New York, California and Florida.
  • Represented a major financial institution as agent for participating lenders in $200-plus million loan in a Texas-based Chapter 11 of a large retirement home community with nine wholly owned operating subsidiaries.
  • Represented a German company in the successful purchase of patents from a Chapter 11 debtor.
  • Counseled a major German manufacturing company in a successful jury trial in Oregon of a fraudulent transfer action against a major U.S. company with Canadian and UK subsidiaries, which resulted in an award of over $1.3 billion, including punitive damages.
  • Counseled a large American corporation in successfully pursuing claims arising out of the Italian bankruptcy filing of Parmalat.
  • Counsel to a wireless phone service provider in its acquisition of over $1 billion in wireless spectrum from a debtor in the Southern District of New York.
  • Counsel to major re-insurer in a bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York of a nationally known retailer involving claims of over $1 billion.

Administrative/Legal Assistant Contact

Name: Brenda Henderson
Title: Legal Assistant
Phone: 404.844.2767

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