Chris has been practicing law for more than a decade in the areas of real estate, finance, banking, and general business litigation.
In 2007 Chris began his career drafting high-yield debt instruments in Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s New York office before moving to Los Angeles. He then had the good fortune to clerk for Thomas B. Donovan of the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Central District of California during the height of the financial crisis, the busiest time in the court’s history.
After clerking Chris joined Katten, Muchin, Rosenman’s Los Angeles office where he handled all types of general business litigation, with a focus on cases involving securities and lending transactions, as well as insolvency, creditors rights and judgment enforcement. Since leaving Katten, he has continued his broad based litigation practice advising clients on all manner of business disputes.
Chris is an avid waterman and lover of the ocean, having brought his family along to surf waves all over the world. He is also proud to be chief legal counsel and a member of the board of directors of Islands and Seas, a nonprofit creating a worldwide network of scientific research facilities and centers for environmental education on or near islands, shores and coasts.
Represented Bank of America as the primary secured creditor in the bankruptcy of a real estate developer, and successfully moved the Court for appointment of a trustee for the $80 million estate upon a showing of financial fraud and self-dealing.
Represented a real estate investment firm against a title company and its co-conspirators in a financial fraud case regarding construction funds for a 424-unit residential condominium project.
Represented a number of secured and unsecured creditors—including Bank of America and US Bank—in a high volume bankruptcy practice. This led to litigation of bankruptcy court issues, prosecution and defense of fraud claims, and negotiation and settlement of a variety of related contract disputes.
Defended a national third-party parts distributor against a trademark challenge by an international automotive manufacturing conglomerate.
Represented Body Glove International in contract dispute against Mavericks Invitational surf contest for rebranding the contest in breach of Body Glove’s contractual rights.
Represented the widow of a beloved local middle school math teacher in her wrongful death lawsuit against a national fitness chain for its negligent supervision of a heroin-addicted employee convicted of vehicular manslaughter of her husband.
Represented an ambulance service provider in parallel lawsuits against twelve municipalities in federal court and Orange County in state court for violations of antitrust law and the Political Reform Act due to irregularities in the award of a monopoly to a competing ambulance service provider who had not presented the most competitive bid.
Defended a major Hollywood set production company against a lawsuit filed by an unscrupulous loan placement provider seeking placement fees in violation of California state and federal statute.
J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2007
M.A., John Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, International Affairs, 2007
B.A., International Relations and History, Tufts University, 2000
State of California
State of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court, E.D. of California
U.S. District Court, C.D. of California
Los Angeles County Bar Association