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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
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2015
Christopher Ward represents distressed companies with a business-minded, client-driven approach. He has represented clients in corporate bankruptcy, financial restructuring, bankruptcy litigation, and distressed asset sales for the last two decades. He has extensive experience in Delaware in addition to working nationally.  Chris also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute, which provides him with full-insight into the restructuring community.

As Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice and Managing Shareholder of the Delaware office, Chris routinely tackles financial restructurings, litigation, and asset sales with a creative and aggressive approach. 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 or, when an agreement cannot be reached, he aims to zealously push his client’s interests forward in litigation.

Chris leads Polsinelli’s national bankruptcy practice from Delaware, but practices all across the country.  Whether it be a bankruptcy, or another restructuring alternative, Chris has the depth and breadth in his practice to represent clients in distressed deals no matter where they arise.
  • Delaware bankruptcy counsel and conflicts counsel to Creditors’ Committee of Energy Futures Holdings Corp., et al., the seventh largest chapter 11 bankruptcy case ever filed.
  • Delaware bankruptcy counsel and conflicts counsel to Creditors’ Committee in chapter 11 bankruptcy case Vestis Retail Group, LLC (owner of EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports), Bob’s Stores, and Sport Chalet retail chains).
  • Special Counsel to Chapter 7 Trustee of New Source Energy Partners, L.P.
  • Lead counsel to Creditors’ Committee in chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Osage Exploration and Development, Inc.
  • Lead counsel to Creditors’ Committee in chapter 11 bankruptcy case of H. Krevit Company, Inc., et al.
  • Co-counsel to Wire Holdings Company/New York Wire in its chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
  • Delaware bankruptcy counsel and conflicts counsel to Affirmative Insurance Holdings Company in its chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
  • Co-counsel to Creditors’ Committee in Santa Fe Gold in its chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
  • Lead counsel to chapter 11 debtor, Airborne Media Group, a digital media provider.
  • Co-Counsel to Official Committee of Student Creditors of Corinthian College, a for profit educational institution, in its chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Delaware bankruptcy counsel and conflicts counsel to the Creditors' Committee in The Standard Register Company chapter 11 bankruptcy. 
  • Delaware bankruptcy counsel and conflicts counsel to Creditors' Committee of publicly traded Allied Nevada Gold Corp. 
  • Delaware bankruptcy counsel to Creditors' Committee in Chapter 11, and lead counsel to Chapter 7 Trustee, in bankruptcy case of Simplexity, LLC.
  • Delaware bankruptcy counsel to Wilmington Trust, as indenture trustee, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Radio Shack.
  • Delaware bankruptcy counsel and conflicts counsel to commercial airline Chapter 11 debtors 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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