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Christopher is admitted to the bar of the State of California, the United States District Courts for each of the Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a 2005 graduate of the Loyola Law School and earned his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2001. Christopher’s experience in the bankruptcy field encompasses the representation of secured and unsecured lenders, financial institutions and banks in complex bankruptcy cases and appeals. He has represented creditors, creditors’ committees, bankruptcy trustees and debtors.


  • 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
  • University of California, Los Angeles, 2001, B.A., Political Science

  • California

  • 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
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit

  • Member of the California State Bar's Insolvency Law Committee (ILC); Chair of the Publications Subcommittee
  • Chairman of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Associate Advisory Board (2014-2015)

Awards & Recognition

  • Reed Smith's Southern California Pro Bono Honor Roll (2014)
  • 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)

Notable Quotes

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