John D. VanDeventer is an associate in the firm’s Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice. He joined the firm in 2014.
Mr. VanDeventer represents examiners, trustees, creditors and debtors in bankruptcies and bankruptcy-related litigation. Recently, he was the lead associate representing the court-appointed examiner in the chapter 11 bankruptcy of the largest distributor of aftermarket automotive transmission parts in the United States. Mr. VanDeventer was involved in all aspects of the examiner’s investigation, which culminated in a 97-page report addressing disclosure obligations and ethical considerations for law firms representing private equity portfolio companies in restructuring transactions.
Mr. VanDeventer also maintains an active pro bono practice. He recently represented two brothers facing foreclosure on their Chicago home of 70 years. Working with co-counsel from the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services, Mr. VanDeventer went into court on an emergency motion to halt the foreclosure sale. After months of litigation and negotiation, the team reached a deal with the bank that allowed the brothers to reduce their mortgage payments and stay in their family home.
Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Mr. VanDeventer was a political consultant and researcher on several national and state campaigns. In law school, Mr. VanDeventer served as a Notes Editor for the Michigan Law Review. He was the recipient of the law school’s Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award and the Rockwell T. Gust Advocacy Award for demonstrated potential as an outstanding trial lawyer and advocate.