John MacConaghy has over 25 years experience in insolvency, bankruptcy, and reorganization matters for debtors, bankruptcy trustees, creditors, and court appointed committees, in real estate, construction, agricultural, wine, retail, manufacturing, securities, and high technology industries throughout Northern California. He has confirmed over 50 debtor and creditor Chapter 11 Plans, and has extensive bankruptcy court trial and appellate experience. He has been lead counsel in a number of significant published decisions, including In re San Rafael Baking Co. 217 BRW 970 (9th Cir. BAP 1998), In re Carraher 971 F.2d 327 (9th Cir.1992), In re Kirkland 915 F.2d 1236 (9th Cir.1990), In re Marino 813 F.2d 1562 (9th Cir.1987), and In re Daniel 771 F.2d 1352 (9th Cir.1985) cert. denied. 475 US 1016.
Mr. MacConaghy has been certified as a Bankruptcy Law Specialist by the State Bar of California since 1995. He has served as a member (1999-2004) and Chair (2003-2004), of the Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, the entity which drafts and grades the test and otherwise evaluates applicants for certification and recertification as State Bar Certified Specialists. His other professional activities include service as a Director of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum; and one of nine attorney members of the Bench-Bar Liaison Committee, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. He is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy topics for the Alameda, Contra Costa, and Sonoma County Bar Associations and the Credit Manager's Association of Northern California.
Mr. MacConaghy's public service activities include service as an elected director of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District and as President of The Sonoma Valley Law Center, a non-profit legal aid service for indigent area residents. He also serves as an arbitrator for the Sonoma County Superior Court.
Mr. MacConaghy obtained his law degree in 1978 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.