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John J. Wiest

John Wiest advises on complex finance, restructuring, bankruptcy, and receivership issues, representing financial institutions, private lenders, and secured creditors at all stages of the lending process, from loan origination or acquisition through restructuring, workouts, and enforcement. John focuses much of his practice on perfecting and protecting security interests in collateral.

John assists receivers and bankruptcy trustees and in finding, recovering, and liquidating assets through negotiation, settlement, and court-approved sales, as well as turnover and clawback litigation. He has experience representing both creditors and debtors in complex Chapter 11 proceedings and has worked on some of the largest Ponzi and securities fraud cases in Utah.

Regularly appearing before the federal district court and bankruptcy court in Utah, John has represented clients across a broad range of industries, including domestic and international banking, energy, utilities, mining, agriculture, retail, real estate, telecommunications, technology, and restaurant and food services.



  • Assisted Chapter 11 Trustee with the liquidation assets of former Ponzi scheme company, including by negotiating and obtaining court approval of multiple sales of real property throughout the western United States.°
  • Represented court-appointed receiver in clawback actions to recover funds fraudulently transferred by former internet Ponzi scheme company engaged in international, multimillion-dollar securities fraud.°
  • Negotiated with debtors in multimillion-dollar coal company bankruptcy to assume their critical coal supply agreement with client.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Wiest prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Federal Bar Association, 2015-Present
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2015-Present


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2015
  • B.A., magna cum laude and University Honors, Brigham Young University, 2012
  • Utah