John C. Bircher III

John C. Bircher III was born in Columbia, S.C., on September 23, 1970. At the age of eight, he moved with his family to the family dairy farm in Craven County, N.C. He later entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. He attended the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University and received his Juris Doctor in 1997.

John is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in North Carolina, in the Northern District of Georgia and the state courts of Tennessee. He is a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, the Bankruptcy Sections of the North Carolina and Tennessee Bar Associations, The Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court and the Eastern Bankruptcy Institute. Bircher served as Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the NCBA in 2015-2016. Bircher was recently selected to serve on the NC Bar Association's Internet and Regulations Task Force. He was also elected to serve on the NC Bar Association's Board of Governors for a three year term beginning June 2017. He practices in our New Bern office.

John has successfully completed the American Board of Certification’s Specialization Examinations in both Business and Consumer Bankruptcy. This certifies John as a Specialist in Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the N.C. State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Recently Bircher was appointed to serve on the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Bankruptcy Specialty Committee.

Bircher has also recently been appointed as an At-Large Member of the North Carolina Tryon Palace Commission and serves on the Executive Committee as legal counsel to the Commission.

John has been selected for inclusion to the North Carolina Super Lawyers list in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights since 2011 and has been named to Business North Carolina's Legal Elite in the area of Bankruptcy since 2013.

John is the past chairman of the Neuse River Development Corporation and Chairman of the Board of the Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation.

He is the father of two beautiful girls, Madelyn and Evelyn.



In cases of note:

  • In re Hitt, represented a debtor after discharge against a creditor attempting to collect a debt even though the debtor received a discharge; the court found that the debt was indeed discharged.
  • In re Sledge, represented debtors against a former attorney who was later removed from the bankruptcy bar for failing to properly represent his clients' interests in their case.
  • Represented a major secured creditor against a Chapter 11 debtor in an attempt to have the debtor's case converted to one under Chapter 7 because of the debtor's gross mismanagement of the estate.
  • Represents a major banking institution in a number of bankruptcy actions to protect the bank's interest in property securing their debt to a number of debtors throughout the State of North Carolina.
  • As trustee, administered hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of assets for the benefit of unsecured creditors in a number of Chapter 7 liquidation cases in Eastern North Carolina.
  • Represents creditors in non-bankruptcy collection matters to obtain judgments, then follows the debtors into the bankruptcy process for seamless representation.