John Richard Worth

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Contact Information

Forrester & Worth PLLC
2800 N Central Ave Suite 1200, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004




Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: None  

Professional Liability Insurance: Yes  

Admitted to Practice Law: 1989

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: October 21, 1989

Other Language(s): None


In a legal career of more than 25 years, John Worth has built a diverse business bankruptcy and litigation practice.

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Probate Litigation


John Worth has represented businesses as debtors, creditors and asset purchasers in bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations. He has represented business owners as debtors and creditors in bankruptcy liquidations and in fraud discharge proceedings.

Commercial Litigation

Served as counsel in a wide variety of complex disputes that include:

representation of a minority shareholder in a successful action to obtain the liquidation of his interest in a closely held media company; successful prosecution of accounting malpractice claims by a failed clothing manufacturer; and representation of a number of victims of a charitable annuity Ponzi scheme that resulted in the victims receiving an enhanced recovery.


John Worth also practices in the area of probate litigation, including adult guardianship and conservatorship proceedings. He holds contracts with Maricopa County to:

serve as a court-appointed attorney for allegedly incapacitated individuals in probate court cases; and act as a guardian ad litem in mental health, criminal, probate, and civil cases.

Peer Recognition

Mr. Worth is an AV Preeminent® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association

State Bar of Arizona: Bankruptcy Section

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1989
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2017


J.D., University of Southern California, 1989
B.A., With Distinction, University of Arizona, 1986

Community Activities

Esperança, Inc.: Member, Board of Directors
Eagle Scout


Santa Monica, California

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Business Law Business Arbitration, Business Dissolutions, Business Enterprises, Business Formation, Business Associations Law, Business Cooperatives, Business Crimes, Business Development, Business Mediation, Business Planning, Business Organization, Business Litigation, Business Estate Planning, Business Fraud, Business Reorganization, Business Regulation, Business Start-Ups, Business Successions, Business Succession Planning, Business Taxation, Business Syndication, Business Transactions, Business Torts, Business Transfers, Business Valuation, Business Trusts, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Complex Business Litigation, Closely Held business Taxation, Cooperative Taxation, Emerging Business Law, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Closely Held Business Law, Buy-Sell Agreements, Emerging Growth Companies, Emerging Growth Companies, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Entrepreneurial Business Law, International Business Law, Family Business Successions, Family Business Mediation, Family Business Law, Limited Liability Company Law, International Joint Ventures, Joint Ventures, Trade Association Law, Trade and Professional Associations, Strategic Alliances, Sole Proprietorships, Small Business Law, Privatization, Professional Practices, Minority Business Law, Pass-Through Entities, Private Business Law
Bankruptcy Bankruptcy Litigation, Bankruptcy Fraud, Bankruptcy Chapter 7, Bankruptcy Collections, Bankruptcy Chapter 11, Bankruptcy Arbitration, Bankruptcy Chapter 12, Bankruptcy Chapter 13, Workouts, Workouts Taxation, Out of Court Debt Restructuring, Liquidations, International Bankruptcy, International Insolvency, Receivership, Repossessions, Pre-Bankruptcy Workouts, Personal Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Trustees Rights, Bankruptcy Taxation, Bankruptcy Reorganization, Bankruptcy Mediation, Commercial Insolvency, Commercial Recovery, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Foreclosure, Commercial Workouts, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditor Bankruptcy, Debt Relief, Debtor Bankruptcy, Foreclosures, Insolvency, Fraudulent Conveyance
Wills, Probate, Trusts and Estates Adult Guardianship, Advance Directives, Ancillary Probate, Contested Wills, Decedents Estates, Contested Trusts and Estates, Conservatorship, Dependent Adult Abuse, Elder Guardianship, Estate Bankruptcy, Estate Administration, Estate Litigation, Estate Planning, Estate Planning for Parents of Handicapped Children, Will Drafting, Wealth Planning, Wealth Preservation, Trust Litigation, Trust Law, Unclaimed Property, Trust Planning, Surrogates Court Practice, Successions, Trust and Estate collections, Trust Administration, Probate Administration, Powers of Attorney, Personal Planning, Pet Trusts, Probate Litigation, Probate Taxation, Special Needs Trusts, Retirement Planning, International Trusts, International Probate, International Trusts and Estates, Living Trusts, Offshore Trusts, Missing Heir Searches, Mental Disability Law, Living Wills, financial Planning, Fiduciary Litigation, Guardian Ad Litem, Guardianship, International Estate Planning, Inheritance, Guardianship Administration, Incompetency Proceedings, Estate Planning for the Disabled, Estate Planning for the Elderly, Estate Settlements, Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples, Fiduciary Liability, Fiduciary Law, Family Trusts, Family Wealth Transfer


  • Arizona (Active)

Law School

  • U of Southern California

  • Last Updated: December 2, 2020
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  • Phoenix, Arizona, Maricopa County
  • Accept Credit Cards: No
  • Free Consultations: No

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