Jon P. NewtonPresident
Jon primarily provides advice regarding financially distressed businesses. He regularly meets with clients, whether they are the businesses themselves, creditors, or other stakeholders, and his services often require protecting clients’ interests in court proceedings and drafting the documents and pleadings to advance clients’ positions. Clients often need Jon to prepare financial and transactional documents. A good portion of Jon’s insolvency practice involves the health care sector, in which he appears in court proceedings on behalf of court appointed receivers in state court and also on behalf of various constituencies, including debtors and creditors, in the United States Bankruptcy Court. Jon also serves as President of the firm, heading the Management Committee, and otherwise directing the day-to-day operations.
Jon acts as lead counsel to Chapter 11 debtors, Chapter 11 trustees, Unsecured Creditors’ Committees, secured and unsecured creditors, potential acquirers of businesses, state court receivers, landlords, mortgagees and other parties in all forms of business insolvencies and bankruptcies. He aggressively pursues clients’ interests, whether by conducting trials or contested court proceedings, yet seeks to resolve matters short of protracted litigation, whether by settlement negotiations, mediation or otherwise. He considers himself a “people person” and recognizes the high value of familiarizing himself with the needs and goals of all those involved, all as a means to obtaining the best possible results for clients.
Jon also represents both creditors and debtors in commercial litigation matters, including replevin actions, suits on notes and guarantees, and commercial foreclosures, from pre-litigation planning to judgment.
Professional & Community Involvement
- Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, Executive Committee
- American Bar Association, Business Law Section
- American Bankruptcy Institute
Jon was on the Board of Directors of the Trinity Academy, a tuition-free private school for inner-city kids. He conducts interviews for local high school students applying to Brown University. Jon was involved in youth sports in West Hartford for over a decade. He is the former President of the West Hartford Babe Ruth League, and was a Board Member of the All Sports Council in West Hartford and the West Hartford Amateur Baseball Association. Jon is also an active runner, having finished two marathons and numerous half marathons, and is currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon.