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John S. Wathen

John Wathen is an attorney in the firm’s Louisville office where he is a member of the Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group. John’s practice focuses on representing creditors in bankruptcy court, general commercial litigation, commercial real estate disputes, lender liability actions, and contested mortgage litigation.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements
Bar Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Memberships
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association, Young Lawyers' Division (Executive Committee), 2nd District Elected Representative (2016 Outstanding District Representative); 2017 KBA Convention Committee
Community Involvement

Co-President, Vanderbilt Alumni Association - Louisville Chapter

Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies, Board of Directors

FOCUS Louisville, Spring 2018

Leadership Owensboro, 2016

2018 Legal Food Frenzy, Firm Representative (sponsored by Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division, Kentucky Attorney General's Office, Kentucky Secretary of State's Office and Kentucky Association of Food Banks)

Education
More than Stites & Harbison


Prior to joining Stites & Harbison, John was an attorney for a firm in Owensboro, Kentucky, where he gained extensive experience in commercial litigation in federal and state courts. He earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, and was Notes Editor for the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Law. John also served as a judicial intern for Hon. Joseph H. McKinley, U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky.

John serves on the board for Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies, on the Executive Committee for the Young Lawyers' Division of the Kentucky Bar Association and served as the firm representative for the 2018 Legal Food Frenzy.

John mainly enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and daughter Bowen. He also enjoys golf, reading, and haggling at garage sales.

Accolades

Best Lawyers in America®, Ones To Watch, Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law (2021)

Wathen Best Law Ones Watch2021
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