Boston College Law School
JD, 1994, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

Boston College
BS, 1990, magna cum laude



New York

US District Court, Northern District of New York

Publications & Events

John Ventola and Sean Monahan on Make-Whole Provisions in Law360

John Ventola Profiled in Bankruptcy Law360

Douglas Gooding, John Ventola and Dallas Cruz on Recent Tenth Circuit Decision in Law360

2013 Best Lawyers in America

John Ventola and Douglas Gooding on Transfer of Venue in Bankruptcy Cases in Law360

Doug Gooding and John Ventola on the Debate over Chapter 11 Magnet Jurisdictions

Choate Sponsors Major Bankruptcy Industry Conference

Doug Gooding and John Ventola on Gifting in Chapter 11 Reorganization

Douglas R. Gooding, John F. Ventola and Mark A. DeFeo on Environmental Obligations in Bankruptcy

Choate Sponsors Leading Regional Bankruptcy Industry Conference

Douglas Gooding and John Ventola on notice pleading in Bankruptcy Law360

Douglas R. Gooding and John F. Ventola on Credit Bidding

Choate Sponsors Private Equity Symposium at MIT

Douglas R. Gooding and John F. Ventola on Credit Bidding

Douglas Gooding, John Ventola and Sean Monahan on Changes for Secured Lenders in Law360

Choate Co-Sponsors 2009 Bankruptcy Networking Breakfast

Douglas Gooding and John Ventola on General Growth Properties Bankruptcy Case

Doug Gooding and John Ventola Offer a Road Map of the Financial Crisis

Choate Sponsors 2009 Private Equity Event at MIT

Choate Sponsors Periscopes Up: Managing Your Company in Turbulent Economic Waters

John Ventola and Douglas Gooding Published in ACC Quarterly Newsletter

Choate Sponsors 20008 Private Equity Event at MIT

Douglas Gooding and John Ventola Speak on the Role of a Chief Restructuring Officer

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    Over one-third of equity partners and majority of practice areas recognized for excellence

  • Choate received the "Restructuring Deal of the Year" award in the $50-$100 million category from The M&A Advisor.  Read more...

  • Choate acted as legal counsel to Salus Capital Partners in a $15 million senior-secured term loan for Summer Infant.  Read more...

John F. Ventola


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"held in high regard by clients for his business acumen”

Chambers USA

John Ventola is a partner in Choate’s Finance Group, which is ranked by Chambers USA as one of the leading practices of its kind. 

Mr. Ventola has practiced in the finance and restructuring industry for more than 20 years and was recently named one of the world’s leading bankruptcy attorneys by Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers.  He is recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America and is named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer

Practice Focus

Bankruptcy & Restructuring:  all aspects of loan workouts, restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings, including cash collateral disputes, equitable subordination and recharacterization, Section 363 sales and contested plans of reorganization.

Finance & Junior Capital:  represent financial institutions in complex, multi-tranche financial transactions, including asset based, cash flow, Term B, second-lien, DIP and mezzanine loans and preferred stock and other junior capital investments.

Private Equity:  acquisition and growth financings for private equity funds and their portfolio companies.

Representative Engagements

  • Counsel to Agent, Salus Capital Partners, LLC, in connection with debtor-in-possession financing to NE Opco Inc. (d/b/a National Envelope).  Named Restructuring Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor.
  • Counsel to Agent in connection with $400 million, multi-currency loan facility to leading environmental services company.
  • Counsel to Agent under $100 million revolving credit to world famous maker of musical instruments.
  • Counsel to bondholders in restructuring of companies in consumer products, home building and healthcare industries.
  • Counsel to Trustee, High Voltage Engineering Corporation, The Frontier Group, Inc.
  • Counsel to Examiner, Gitto Global Corporation, Organogenesis, Inc.
  • $88 million debtor in possession financing facility for national furniture retailer, counsel to Agent.
  • $90 million debtor in possession financing facility to global machine tool manufacturer, counsel to Agent.
  • $144.5 million acquisition/working capital facility for consumer products distributor, counsel to Agent.

Publications and Presentations

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Ventola is a member of the Firm’s Executive and Hiring Committees.  He is active in the Commercial Finance Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association and the Bankruptcy Section of the Boston Bar Association. 

He lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.


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