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John F. Massouh is a member with Sprouse Shrader Smith and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.  John’s practice focuses on business and commercial litigation, agricultural law, business bankruptcy law, creditor's rights, and collections. He represents a wide range of corporate clients and individuals with challenging litigation and bankruptcy matters. He has built a solid reputation representing a variety of business clients in disputes, bankruptcies, and litigation, including nationally known business failures in the cattle and agricultural industries. John has extensive experience in federal and state court litigation and has handled a diverse range of business disputes both prosecuting and defending actions for fraud, breach of contract, construction claims, employment matters, and complex lien priority disputes. 

John also has extensive experience handling all types of bankruptcy-related matters and litigation, representing many clients, including leading financial institutions and large publicly traded companies, in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. John represents both secured and unsecured creditors, as well as interested parties in all aspects of bankruptcy cases, including first-day orders, cash collateral orders, assumption or rejection of leases, relief from the automatic stay, objections to claims, Section 363 sales of assets, preference actions, plan objections, complaints for exception to discharge, and all types of adversary proceedings.  John has represented clients with disputes or bankruptcies in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, California, Nevada, Indiana, Louisiana, Delaware, South Dakota, Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Michigan.  John has significant experience in the agricultural industry, representing feed yards, farmers and financial institutions in a variety of disputes and bankruptcy matters involving debt collection, cattle care and feeding, lien disputes, and agricultural lending.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
  2. Bankruptcy & Debt: 30%
  3. Agriculture: 30%



Hourly ($275-300/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Sprouse Shrader Smith PC

701 South Taylor Street Suite 500
Amarillo, TX, 79101

Sprouse Shrder Smith, PC

2100 S. Utica Avenue, Suite 175
Tulsa, OK, 74114

Sprouse Shrader Smith, PC

6405 North Navarro Street, Suite 100
Victoria, TX, 77904



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200010/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AAYLA Comprehensive AwardTexas Young Lawyers Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderSprouse Shrader Smith2003 - Present
Associate AttorneyGibson Oschner & Adkins, LLP2000 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Association of Bank CounselMember2013 - Present
Texas Association of Defense CounselMember2009 - Present
Amarillo Area Young Lawyers AssociationPresident2008 - 2009
Texas Bar FoundationFellow2008 - Present
Texas Young Lawyers AssociationDirector2008 - 2010
Panhandle Bankruptcy Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Amarillo Area Young Lawyers AssociationDirector2002 - 2010
State Bar of TexasMember2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Young Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
PlainsCapital Bank v. KiteReceived a judgment in excess of $1,500,000
Bank of the West v . MiersmaRecieved a judgment in excess of $3,500,000
In re: DBP Exploration, Inc.Achieved favorable plan treatment
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Publication nameTitleDate
Bank PresentationRecent Revisions to the UCC2013
West Texas Bankruptcy InstituteOverview of Common Livestock Issues and In Re: Eastern Livestock Co. LLC2011
State Bar of Texas publicationProving up Attorney and Paralegal Fees2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Tech University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Texas System, AustinFinanceB.B.A.1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lending and Healthcare SeminarFeedyard Lending and Marketing2013
Bank PresentationRecent Revisions to the UCC2013
Bank PresentationBankruptcy Basics2012
West Texas Bankruptcy InstituteOverview of Common Livestock Issues and In Re: Eastern Livestock Co. LLC2011
Bank Presentation"Where's the Beef?" A Workshop on Cattle Lending2011
State Bar of Texas CLE on Strategies for Damages and Attorney FeesProving up Attorney and Paralegal Fees2010