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Eric L. Johnson


Current Position

Spencer Fane LLP
1000 Walnut Street, Suite 1400
Kansas City, MO 64106

Tel: 816-292-8267
Fax: 816-474-3216

Class: XXXII (2021)Circuit: Eighth

Over the course of his 20-plus year career, Eric has represented almost every constituency in insolvency proceedings including trustees, receivers, secured lenders, debtors in possession, buyers of distressed assets, creditors’ committees, trade creditors, landlords, and defendants in insolvency related litigation.

Eric has focused his practice on the representation of bankruptcy trustees, judicial receivers, and assignees for the benefit of creditors in complex litigation and liquidations. Eric has also served as a federal equity receiver, state court appointed receiver, Chapter 11 trustee, and is currently a member of the panel of Chapter 7 trustees for the Western District of Missouri.

In addition to his fiduciary related work, Eric has also focused his practice on the representation of secured lenders along the distressed loan continuum including out of court workouts, state law remedies, such as receiverships, and ultimately bankruptcy proceedings. In this respect, Eric has been involved in numerous cash collateral and debtor in possession financing disputes and transactions.

Eric has a great affinity for agricultural related matters. In addition to agriculture being an essential element of the midwestern and international economies, Eric originally hails from a small rural community in central Iowa where his family has been involved in soybean and corn production for multiple generations along with farm implement sales and repair.

Eric has a strong commitment to the bar and legal education. Eric is a frequent speaker and writer on insolvency related topics and has served in multiple leadership positions at the local, state, and national level. Eric is board-certified in business bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification. (Please note that neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or special designations. Colorado does not certify attorneys or specialists in any field.) In recognition of his contributions to the insolvency profession, Eric is a recipient of the Missouri Bar’s 2020 Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award in addition to other distinctions such as being listed in Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, IFLR1000, and Lawdragon 500.