John J. Fries

Legal Assistant: Mary Misic


John has practiced bankruptcy law for over 30 years. His practice also includes public financing. He has been an attorney with Ryley Carlock & Applewhite since 1989. John’s 30+ year career in bankruptcy and public finance law was recently featured in this article in Attorney at Law Magazine.

Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights. John represents creditors, Chapter 11 debtors, trustees and creditors' committees in large, complex commercial bankruptcy cases in various courts in Arizona, Colorado and across the country. He is a certified business bankruptcy specialist, recognized in Arizona by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. John's experience includes advising clients of their rights in bankruptcy and workouts, structuring deals to avoid or minimize bankruptcy risks, restructuring the debt when problems arise, implementing "prepackaged" bankruptcies, enforcing loan documents, arranging debtor-in-possession financing and buying and selling assets under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. John is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy law.

Public Finance and Bond Work. John is active in the firm's Public Finance practice, which serves to clients bring community and economic development projects to life in Arizona and beyond. Throughout his career, John has represented numerous industrial development authorities, indentured trustees and special districts in structuring and restructuring various public finance projects including healthcare facilities, public utilities, charter schools, affordable housing developments, pollution control infrastructure, higher learning institutions and manufacturing facilities.


  • Hon. William B. Washabaugh, Jr., U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1979-1981


  • "Lender Liability, Issues in Foreclosure, Bankruptcy & Short Sales," 2009
  • "The Lifecycle of Business Intellectual Property from Birth to Death: Sale, Dissolution and Bankruptcy," 2007
  • "Consequences of a Defaulted Loan and How to Minimize the Damage," 2007
  • "Loan Workouts, Mechanics Liens and Bankruptcy," 2007
  • "Bankruptcy for Environmental Attorneys," State Bar of Arizona, ENRLS, January 2005
  • "Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law & Procedure in Arizona," 1994, 1997, 1999, 2004
  • "Judgment Enforcement," 2002
  • "Bankruptcy in Arizona: A Creditor's Perspective," 2001
  • "Arizona Commercial Real Estate Workouts," 2001
  • "Basic Bankruptcy Litigation in Arizona," 2000
  • "Mechanic's Liens in Bankruptcy," 1991
  • "Conducting an Adversary Proceeding or Contested Matter Under the New National and Local Bankruptcy Rules," 1984


  • Nationally Certified Business Bankruptcy Specialist, American Board of Certification, 1988-2021
  • Certified Bankruptcy Specialist by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization, 1992
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Arizona State Bar, Bankruptcy Section
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers


John has earned an AV-Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Since 2010, he has been recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers' and named to their Corporate Counsel Edition. He has also been ranked by Best Lawyers in America since 2010 and was recently named to Arizona's Finest Lawyers by Ranking Arizona's Best of Bankruptcy Attorneys. Recently, John was featured in this Attorney at Law Magazine article, where he shared elements of his 30+ year legal career in bankruptcy and public finance law.