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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, Widener University School of Law, 1999
    • B.A., Moravian College, 1995
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Delaware, 2000
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2001

Christopher Ward faces distressed companies and complex litigation with a business-minded, client-driven approach. He has represented clients in bankruptcy, financial restructuring, and litigation matters for 15 years. He has extensive experience in Delaware in addition to working nationally. The primary aspects of his practice are corporate bankruptcy, financial restructuring, and bankruptcy litigation.

As co-chair of the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice and managing shareholder of the Delaware office, Chris routinely tackles financial restructurings and litigation. He has significant experience in representing Chapter 11 debtors and Official Committees of Unsecured Creditors, which allows him to provide his clients with compressive insight into both sides of the restructuring industry. As a result, Chris advises his clients in situations where a negotiated resolution may be the appropriate course of action. When an agreement cannot be reached, he aims to push his client’s interests forward in complex litigation.

Chris has roles outside of representing his clients in Delaware. His other experience includes serving as Delaware legal counsel to out-of-state referring law firms, conflicts counsel, contingency fee avoidance action counsel, and special counsel in various matters pending in Delaware courts as well as nationally.

  • Delaware bankruptcy counsel to Creditors Committee in Chapter 11 case of Simplexity, LLC.
  • Delaware bankruptcy counsel to Chapter 11 debtors commercial airlines. Global Aviation Holdings Inc., et al.
  • Lead counsel to Chapter 11 debtors who lease marina properties. Marinas International Consolidated, LP, et al.
  • Lead counsel to Creditors Committee in Chapter 11 and special litigation counsel to Chapter 7 trustee/rural wireless provider. Open Range Communications, Inc.
  • Lead counsel to Creditors Committee of Revel Casino. Revel AC, Inc.
  • Special litigation counsel to a racino in their Chapter 11 cases. Indianapolis Downs, LLC.
  • Conflicts counsel and Delaware bankruptcy counsel to Chapter 11 debtors/national bus line. Coach America.
  • Lead counsel to Chapter 11 debtors/online clothing retailer. Signature Styles, LLC.
  • Lead counsel to Creditors Committee and Plan Administrator of rural telecommunications provider in its Chapter 11 case. Crossroads Wireless.
  • Lead counsel to Creditors Committee and Plan Administrator for a destination vacation club in its Chapter 11 case. Ultimate Escapes.
  • Delaware bankruptcy counsel to petitioning creditors in involuntary Chapter 11 case; Creditors Committee in Chapter 11 case; Liquidating Trustee post-confirmation for automobile company. Saab Cars of North America.
  • Conflicts counsel and Delaware bankruptcy counsel to a prefabricated home manufacturer in its Chapter 11 case. Palm Harbor Homes.
  • Special litigation counsel to Chapter 7 trustee of a real estate project in its Chapter 7 case. Doveview, LLC.
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September 10, 2013
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Presentation given by James Billingsley; moderated by Christopher Ward; and authored by Justin Edelson, all from the law firm of Polsinelli Shughart.
April 4, 2013
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American Bankruptcy Institute
Authored and edited by Christopher Ward. Also authored by Michael Tamburini, Shanti Katona and Jarrett Vine. 
April 2013
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American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXI, No. 2
March 2012
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Chris Ward, Vice Chair of Polsinelli's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group and Managing Shareholder of Polsinelli's Delaware office recently participated in a roundtable discussion regarding U.S. bankruptcy law with industry leaders including Kirkland & Ellis, Conway McKenzie and Skadden Arps. The roundtable focused on:

  • Summary of recent trends in Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Pros and cons of a corporate bankruptcy filing
  • Emergence of Section 363 asset sales and prepackaged bankruptcies as the preferred course of action in bankruptcy
November 2011
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The US business environment remains tough. Early signs of economic recovery were wiped out when the second quarter stalled, due largely to the government's debt ceiling crisis. Meanwhile, distressed companies continue to opt for section 363 sales and liquidations over Chapter 11 restructurings, and the shock of the credit downgrade has hit those already struggling in a weak recovery. However, these challenges are not insurmountable - there are still opportunities for debtors and their bankruptcy advisers to work together to effect positive change and revitalise fortunes.
October 2011
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