John M. Spires


John Spires is a member of Dinsmore’s Corporate Department and Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice Group. John has experience representing both creditors and debtors in complex bankruptcy cases and workouts outside of the bankruptcy system, and he has litigated a number of contested matters arising in bankruptcy cases. John has also successfully defended clients on claims ranging from demands for the return of alleged preferential and fraudulent transfers to claims for breach of the automatic stay.

In addition to his bankruptcy practice, John also has extensive experience in the commercial litigation context. John has specifically represented clients in cases involving claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and other business-related issues. John has practiced before Kentucky's federal and state trial courts, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the Kentucky Supreme Court, and United States Bankruptcy Courts in multiple states. John’s litigation experience allows him to steer his clients to a good result in any disputed matter.

Before joining Dinsmore, John served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jennifer B. Coffman, United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

In addition to Dinsmore, John is also an active member of Second Presbyterian Church, where he serves on the Personnel Committee. Finally, John and his wife, Stephanie, have acted as foster parents for a number of amazing children.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., summa cum laude, 2006)
    • Valedictorian; Student Graduation Speaker; Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Kentucky Law Journal; Treasurer, Student Bar Association; Class of '49 Fellowship; Best Brief, Reed Writing Club; Nine CALI awards as top student in various courses
  • Wake Forest University  (B.A., magna cum laude, 2001)

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Western District of Kentucky
  • Southern District of Indiana


  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Leadership Lexington, 2013-14
  • Second Presbyterian Church, Personnel Committee
  • Central Kentucky YMCA, Board of Directors
  • Lexington Public Library Foundation, Young Professionals Committee
  • Kentucky Law Journal Association, President of the Board of Directors (2007)
  • Fayette County Bar Association Board of Directors, 2015-2016


  • 2013 Alice Neeley Memorial Award
  • BV-Rated Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® List