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John H. Tate

Senior Counsel

San Antonio

2301 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78215
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J.D., University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1972
B.S., United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, 1964
State Bar Licenses
Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Texas
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John H. Tate

Senior Counsel

John H. Tate has over 46 years experience with a practice devoted to insolvency, business reorganization, asset protection strategies, and related areas, including litigation in the bankruptcy court.

He is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the American Board of Certification.


  • Represented debtors, creditors, and creditor committees (ranging from sole proprietors to major corporations) in all types of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.
  • Worked with clients acquiring financially troubled businesses, both in and out of bankruptcy cases.
  • Successfully reorganized a large grocery store chain.
  • Represented major creditors, both secured and unsecured, in significant bankruptcy cases.
  • Represented landlords in numerous local and national retail bankruptcy reorganizations.
  • Represented Trustees and beneficiaries of Trusts and other charitable institutions in protecting Trust assets from inclusion in bankruptcy estates.
  • Represented future claims representatives in mass tort (silica and asbestos) cases.
  • Assisted high net worth individuals in asset protection planning strategies
Named among Best Lawyers in America - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation-Bankruptcy by Best Lawyers (Inception-2021)
Recipient of Strasburger's John Hall Visionary Award (2017)
Named among Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson and Reuters (2003-2018)
Named among the Best Bankruptcy and Workout Attorneys by San Antonio Scene Magazine (2004-2007, 2009-2011)
Named Outstanding Lawyer Award Winner in Bankruptcy by San Antonio Business Journal (2010)
College of the State Bar of Texas, Member
San Antonio Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
West Point Society of South Texas, Board of Directors (2010-present)
West Point Association of Graduates, South Central States Regional Advisor to the Board of Directors (2006-2014)
The University of Texas School of Law, Alumni Association Executive Committee Member (2004-2010)
City Council of Olmos Park, Texas Mayor Pro Tem (1985-1998)
St. Mary's University School of Law, Former Adjunct Professor (1978-1979)
U.S. Army Veteran, Ranger and Airborne Qualified, Berlin Brigade (1964 -1967), Fifth Mechanized Infantry Brigade in the Republic of Vietnam (July 1968-August 1969), Awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal
Master - Larry E. Kelly Bankruptcy Inn of Court
Board of Directors, The Army Residence Community, San Antonio, Texas (present)