John C. Hoard

Indiana Banking Lawyer

Firm Partner John Hoard’s practice is focused on representing clients in creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

Mr. Hoard’s legal, financial, and transactional experience as a lawyer and certified public accountant has allowed him to practice in the areas of law and finance related to real estate, utilities, bankruptcy and commercial law.  He has participated in successful planning and reorganization of multiple bankruptcy estates in individual and corporate bankruptcies.

Mr. Hoard has also represented creditor committees in bankruptcies, including auto racing, retail, hotels, and federally charted banks.  He has litigation experience in representing receivers and trustees, and has prosecuted many avoidance actions, including Ponzi schemes against frauds. He has also represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service and Indiana Department of Revenue.

In addition to his business and bankruptcy experience, Mr. Hoard has participated in complex litigation including civil fraud and cases involving legal and accounting malpractice.


How I Help

As a practicing lawyer for more than 35 years, I bring substantial experience to every client engagement. With this experience, I am able to view matters from different perspectives, and also can offer clients potential solutions to solving seemingly intractable disputes based upon past experience.

I provide clients with effective representation and efficient case management in litigation and bankruptcy matters, with a focused approach towards achieving client objectives. I am mindful that when clients entrust their matter to their lawyer, they expect not only diligent representation, but also effective cost-management of a case, with an emphasis on those areas that are likely to be the most significant for the results desired.

Mr. Hoard has served as chair to the Indiana State Bar Association Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Section as well as a director and officer for local charitable organizations including a legal clinic, foundation boards and bar committees.  He is a Distinguished Fellow with the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, and American Bar Association.  His appellate experience has brought him before the Indiana Supreme Court as an oral advocate.

He is a frequent lecturer and author for the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, and is a contributing author to the American Bankruptcy Journal.  He also has taught seminars in creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, corporate reorganization and tax.

  • Panelist, Sigmund J. Beck Roundtable, ICLEF, (2014, 2015, 2017, 2019)
  • Co-Author and Speaker, “Top LLC Mistakes to Avoid” National Business Institute (2019)
  • Co-Author and Panelist, Steven H. Ancel, Annual Bankruptcy Institute, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Co-Author and Speaker, “Using Accounting & Financial Records as Evidence”, National Business Institute (2013)
  • Co-Author and Speaker, “Bankruptcy Litigation 101” National Business Institute (2013)
  • Co-Author and Speaker, “Ethical Obligations”, National Business Institute (2009, 2012)
  • Speaker, “An Insolvency Overview” Royal Bank of Canada (2014)
  • Author and Speaker, “LLCs and How to Comply Under State Law” National Business Institute (2008)
  • Co-Speaker, Taking Your Business from Good to Great (2013)
  • Co-Author, “Special Counsel Misgivings-Denial and Disgorgement,” American Bankruptcy Institute, Journal (June, 2013)
  • Co-Author, “Bad Boy Guaranties: Conflicts That Arise In Dual Representation,” American Bankruptcy Institute Ethics Newsletter (August, 2013)
  • Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Chair (2010-2011), Co-Chair (2012-2013)
  • Speaker, Royal Bank of Canada, Ethical Obligations for Attorneys (2012)
  • Speaker, “Accounting 101,” National Business Institute (2009, 2013)
  • Speaker, “Ethical Obligations,” National Business Institute (2009, 2012)
  • Co-Speaker, Annual Bankruptcy Institute, “Avoidance Actions and Reclamation Claims,” ICLEF (2009)
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy Reform Update – One Year Later, National Business Institute (2006)
  • Speaker, Exiting Chapter 11, ICLEF (2006)
  • “Bankruptcy Reform Legislation,” NBI (2005)
  • “Bankruptcy Abuses Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005,” ICLEF (2005)
  • “New Article Nine and Its Impact on Bankruptcy,” “Retention of Professionals” and “Individuals, Chapter 11 and the Concept of New Value,” Sigmond J. Beck Bankruptcy Roundtable, ICLEF (2004)
  • “Employment of Professionals and Disinterestness”, Annual Bankruptcy Institute (2004)
  • “Bankruptcy from the Creditors Perspective,” Lorman Education Services, (2003)
  • “Tax Issues in Bankruptcy,” (Panel Chair), Annual Bankruptcy Institute, ICLEF (2002)
  • “Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code In Indiana,” (Panel Chair), Lorman Education Services (2002)
  • “Fraudulent Conveyances,” ICLEF (2001)
  • “Enforceability of Third Party Releases and Injunctions in Chapter 11 Plans,” Annual Bankruptcy Institute, ICLEF (2000) (David H. Kleiman, JD, James P. Moloy, JD, co-authors)
  • “Revised Article Nine: Default and Enforcement Provisions,” ICLEF (2000) (Jay Kennedy, JD, co-panel chair)
  • “Problems and Opportunities Peculiar to Retail, Single Asset and Manufacturer Reorganizations,” Indianapolis Bar Association (1993)
  • “Replevin, Repossession and Sale of Goods,” National Business Institute (1991) (James M. Carr, JD, co-author)
  • “Turnaround Services for Companies Facing Bankruptcy,” Indiana CPA Society (1989)
  • “Effects of Tax Reform Act of 1986 on Insolvency Proceedings,” Commercial and Bankruptcy Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association (1987)
  • “Joint Venture, Unrelated Business Income and Private Inurement Problems,” ICLEF (1986) (Tim Dirig, JD, CPA, co-author)
  • “Tax Treatment of Transactions During Bankruptcy,” ICLEF (1986) (David J. Hamernik, CPA, and Edward Hopper II, JD, co-authors)
  • “Do Partners Ever Die? Income and Estate Planning If They Do,” Midwest Tax Institute (1985) (Jack Shaw, JD, CPA, co-author)
  • Selected to the 2022 The Best Lawyers in America®.  Recognized in the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; and Litigation – Bankruptcy sections.  [Since 2019]
  • John C. Hoard has been chosen to be recognized in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his high caliber of work in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, and Litigation – Bankruptcy.
  • Marquis’s Who’s Who in America (2020)
  • Indianapolis Business Journal’s Distinguished Barrister Award (2019)
  • ABA Distinguished Fellow
  • Indiana State Bar Association Distinguished Fellow
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Distinguished Fellow
  • Named a Super Lawyer, which recognizes the top 5% of attorneys in the State of Indiana (2007, 2009-2021)
  • Named Top 50 Lawyers in the State of Indiana (2012)
  • Bohnke v. Estate of Bohnke, 454 N.E.2d 446 trans. denied (Ind. App. 1983) (reversal of negative judgment entered against client electing against will)
  •, LLC v. Theising, 805 N.E.2d 767 (Ind. 2004)
  • Theising v., LLC, 805 N.E.2d 778 (Ind. 2004)
  • Theising v., LLC, 792 N.E.2d 968 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003)
  •, LLC v. Theising, 783 N.E.2d 1228 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003)
  • Gregory S. Fehribach, Trustee v. Ernst and Young, (not for publication) USDC Indiana 2003 (affirming denial of accountant’s right to arbitration)

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  • J.D., Indiana University School of Law (1980)
  • Northwestern University (1977)
  • Indiana State Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Certified Public Accountant in the State of Indiana (1988)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Indiana Certified Public Accountants Society
  • American Bar Association, Distinguished Fellow (2013)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Judges and Lawyers Assistance Committee (1998 to 2006)
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Distinguished Fellow
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Development Committee (2003 to 2005)
  • Indiana State Bar Association – Treasurer, and Chair, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Section (2005 to 2007)
  • Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic – Board Member (2004 to Present), Treasurer, ex officio member of Executive Committee (2011 to Present)
  • Brebeuf Dad’s Club, President (2009 – 2011)
  • Brebeuf Finance Committee (2010-2011)
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Vestry Member (1999 to 2002), Senior Warden (2000 to 2002), Treasurer (2002 to 2006), Strategic Planning Finance Committee (2012 to Present)
  • Marion County Sheriff Election Committee – Treasurer (1986 to 2002)
  • Indiana Crime Prevention Coalition – President (1997 to 1998), Board Member (1994 to 2001)
  • National Episcopal Health Ministry, Treasurer and Board Member (1999 to 2012)
  • St. Richard’s School Foundation Board (2012 to Present)
  • Elected into the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation 2013