Christopher O. Rivas

Associate

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, 2001, B.A., Political Science
  • Loyola Law School, 2005, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif; Served as an Associate Justice on the Scott Moot Court Honors Board

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California

Court Admissions

  • State Court of Appeals - California
  • All State Courts - California
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California

Chris represents numerous major financial institutions in bankruptcy, commercial litigation, financial services litigation, and real estate matters. His bankruptcy field experience encompasses the representation of secured and unsecured lenders, financial institutions, entertainment companies, and banks in complex bankruptcy cases and appeals. He represents creditors, creditors committees, and debtors. Additionally, his real estate experience includes the representation of lenders in forbearance and workout negotiations and judicial and non-judicial foreclosure proceedings.

Chris was recently named a "Top Attorney" in Bankruptcy by Pasadena Magazine (2011 and 2012), was honored with Reed Smith's Edward Sanders Community Service Award in 2009, and was named a "Rising Star" by Los Angeles Magazine in 2008. Chris is the Chairman for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Associate Advisory Board.

Employment History

  • 2005 - Reed Smith
  • 2004 - Loyola Law School
    • Research Assistant

Honors & Awards

  • Named "Top Attorney" in Bankruptcy by Pasadena Magazine (2011 and 2012)
  • Recipient of the Edward Sanders Community Service Award by Reed Smith (2009)
  • Named “Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine (2008)

Professional Affiliations

  • Chairman of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Associate Advisory Board

Interests

Snowboarding; Gold medalist at U.S. Gold Cup Tae Kwon Do Tournament

Notable Quotes

  • "Doing Good Together" USC Gould School of Law News 21 November 2014