John M. August


Florham Park

T 973-622-3699

John August is a creditor’s rights attorney with an emphasis on asset recovery and judgment collection for secured and unsecured creditors. His experience of aggressively pursuing claims covers the gamut of collection practice, from garnishing wages to seizing a Boeing 747 aircraft from McGuire Air Force Base. In addition to collections, John regularly defends lender liability actions.

John’s practice takes him in and out of state and federal court, including the bankruptcy courts. He regularly prosecutes foreclosure actions and pursues deficiency judgments for creditors. Almost as a matter of routine today, debtors file bankruptcy petitions to stop collection actions. John is an experienced bankruptcy practitioner and represents clients in these bankruptcy cases. He is also experienced with, and represents clients in, less common insolvency proceedings such as Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors and Receivership Actions. John has served as the assignee’s attorney in Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors.

John regularly assists clients, from lenders to judgment creditors to landlords, to navigate through the bankruptcy process. He has extensive experience defending avoidance actions in bankruptcy cases to help clients keep the payments that they have received when debtors file bankruptcy petitions. When appropriate, John will litigate non-dischargeability actions so that the obligations owed to his clients are not discharged in a bankruptcy proceeding.

John was appointed to serve as an attorney member of the District V-A Ethics Committee, covering the City of Newark. The Committee works with the Office of Attorney Ethics to continually improve the efficiency of, and the public’s confidence in, our attorney-monitored disciplinary system.

John regularly speaks and publishes articles on collection and bankruptcy topics.

Listed in:  Best Lawyers® -Litigation - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law - 2021-2022

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Wada Marketing Group, LLC, et al., v. Ven-Co Produce, Inc., et al., 11 Civ. 3052 (TPG), 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120660 (S.D.N.Y. August 9, 2011)

In re Prisco Properties, LLC, No. 10-21719, 2010 WL 4412095 (Bankr. D.N.J. November 1, 2010)

American Bankruptcy Institute

New Jersey Bar Association, Vice Chair of the Bankruptcy Law Section

Bankruptcy Inn of Court