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Christopher has substantial experience representing commercial entities in both litigation and transactional contexts.  Christopher represents secured and unsecured creditors, financial institutions and banks in complex bankruptcy cases and appeals.  Christopher regularly represents entities in transactions involving the purchase and sale of commercial entities in numerous sectors, including entities engaged in manufacturing, shipping, transportation, and energy.  Christopher also represents entities in post-acquisition litigation relating to such transactions.


  • 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); Former Chair and current member of the Publications Subcommittee
  • Chairman of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Associate Advisory Board (2014-2015)

Premios y reconocimientos

  • Selected for inclusion on the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for Bankruptcy: Business (2008, 2017-2019)
  • 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)

Notable Quotes

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