John E. Murdock, III

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  • Roundabout Plaza
    1600 Division Street
    Suite 700
    Nashville, TN 37203
P: 615.252.2359
F: 615.252.6359
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P: 615.252.3846
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John E. Murdock, III

Partner
John's practice exercises his extensive experience in the deployment and recovery of debt and equity capital and in commercial law. His practice includes business formations, acquisitions and dispositions, distressed asset investing, private equity transactions, mezzanine lending, commercial lending, creditor's rights, loan workouts and recoveries, lender liability, securitizations, the Uniform Commercial Code, and commercial law generally. John’s practice spans a wide range of different industries, including automotive, banking, commercial finance, commercial real estate, construction, information technology, insurance, health care, manufactured housing, manufacturing, restaurant, specialty lending, waste management, and other industries.
John's practice exercises his extensive experience in the deployment and recovery of debt and equity capital and in commercial law. His practice includes business formations, acquisitions and dispositions, distressed asset investing, private equity transactions, mezzanine lending, commercial lending, creditor's rights, loan workouts and recoveries, lender liability, securitizations, the Uniform Commercial Code, and commercial law generally. John’s practice spans a wide range of different industries, including automotive, banking, commercial finance, commercial real estate, construction, information technology, insurance, health care, manufactured housing, manufacturing, restaurant, specialty lending, waste management, and other industries.

In his core capital deployment and recovery activities, John’s practice emphasizes the use of loan-to-own strategies, enterprise foreclosures, purchases under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, and other creative strategies to recover and create value related to distressed enterprises on behalf of original lenders and distressed asset investors.

John is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2009 for his banking law and equipment finance law practices; Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2009 for Banking & Finance: Transactional; and in Mid-South Super Lawyers 2008 for his banking practice. He is a past chairman of the Lender Liability Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Commercial Finance Committee and is presently chairman of its Intellectual Property Financing Subcommittee. John has actively participated in the development of legislation in his practice areas, has been a law school instructor on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and is a frequent speaker to bar and industry groups.

John has a special interest in the application of management disciplines such as Six Sigma, the Theory of Constraints, the Project Management Body of Knowledge, and Lean to improve client service through the thoughtful exercise of legal disciplines and the effective use of information technology.

Experience

John has represented clients with interests across the country in a wide variety of sophisticated matters involving debt and equity capital and commercial law matters.

Distinctions

  • Listed in Nashville Business Journal “Best of the Bar,” Banking and Finance, 2012
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Banking and Finance Law, 2006-2014
    • Equipment Finance Law, 2007-2014
    • Financial Institutions Law, 2003-2006
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Nashville, Banking and Finance Law, 2012 
  • Listed in Chambers USA
    • Banking & Finance, 2010-2014
    • Banking & Finance: Transactional, 2008-2009
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2006-2008, 2013
  • Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, Past Director
  • Nashville School of Law, Past Instructor
  • Tennessee Special Olympics, Past Director
  • Tennessee School of Banking, Past Instructor
  • American Institute of Banking, Past instructor
        • Memberships and Affiliations

          • American Bar Association
            • Vice-Chair, 2007-2009, Chair, 2009-Present, Intellectual Property Financing Subcommittee of the Commercial Finance Committee
            • Vice-Chair, 1988-1990,Chair, 1990-1994, Lender Liability Subcommittee of the Commercial Financial Services Committee
          • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
            • Chairman, Committee on Business Law and Information Technology, 2001
            • Co-Reporter, Special Committee on Opinion Letters, 1995
          • Nashville Bar Association, Member
          • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, Fellow
          • Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, Director and Past Chair
          • International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law, Member
          • Project Management Institute, Member
          • Board of Advisors for the Lender Liability Law Report (A.S. Pratt & Sons), Member 
             

          You May Not Know

          John is collaborating with a professor at Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management to apply Lean (also known as the Toyota Production System), the project management body of knowledge, and other management disciplines to deliver legal services faster, better, and cheaper.