Jesse H. Austin III

Jess Austin

is a partner in the Financial Restructuring Practice in King & Spalding’s Atlanta office. Mr. Austin’s practice is concentrated in bankruptcy law, particularly Chapter 11 reorganization cases and large commercial workouts. A principal focus of his workout and insolvency practice is the representation of institutional senior secured lenders in syndicated credit facilities, with particular experience in debtor-in-possession lending and in the healthcare, media and communications, retail, transportation and distribution, energy, agriculture and gaming/resort industries. Mr. Austin also closes senior credit facilities and assists other financial services lawyers in structuring senior credit facilities and negotiating subordination provisions of subordinated debt issues.

Representative Experience

Represented either the agent bank or lender group in the chapter 11 cases involving Hostess Brands Inc., RG Steel, Inc., American Safety Razor Co., Harry & David, Inc., Friendly's Restaurants, Inc., Perkins & Marie Callender’s Inc., New Vision Television, Inc., Leiner Health, Inc., Amerco/UHAUL, Inc., National Envelope, Inc. and Greatwide Logistics Services, LLC, in addition to many others

Awards & Recognition

Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy

Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers Band 1 (2003-2011)

Selected annually as one of the best bankruptcy lawyers in Georgia in The Best Lawyers in America, including 2012, since the selection process began in 1995

Named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Atlanta Bankruptcy and Creditors Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year

Selected as one of Georgia Trend's 2011 Legal Elite


Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Energy & Natural Resources , 2) Financial Institutions: Restructuring , 3) Financial Institutions and 4) Bankruptcy/Restructuring
Law School J.D., Order of the Coif, Emory University School of Law
Admitted Year 1980
Education B.S. Business Administration, Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bar Member / Association State Bar of Georgia, American Bar Association
Most recent firm King & Spalding LLP
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