Christopher H. Hart
Chris is the firm’s business litigation lead. His practice focuses on business restructurings, principally representing debtors-in-possession. He has also represented secured creditors, debtors, creditors’ committees and trustees in cases under Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code. Additionally, Chris has broad substantive expertise in business and corporate litigation, from simple transactions to complex disputes. He has represented a variety of companies and financial institutions in pre-litigation workouts, loan documentation and regulatory compliance. He has vast experience in pre-judgment remedies and collection.
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Areas of Experience
Commercial Bankruptcy, representing Chapter 11 creditors, debtors, trustees and Creditors Committees
State law insolvency proceedings, including Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors
Lead trial counsel for most cases in both Bankruptcy and State Court matters, with over 25 trials completed
Serves as general counsel outside counsel to several Bay Area companies, including legal advice on a wide-range of day-to-day matters including commercial, financial, real property and employment issues
Representation of financial institutions concerning credit libel claims and alleged violations of the credit reporting act
Representation of companies in patent infringement claims and disputes arising under patent licenses
Defense of automobile finance companies in actions involving state and federal versions of the fair debt collection practices act, the automobile sales finance act and the leasing act
Litigation of disputes concerning “co-branding” agreements entered between a web portal operator and content providers
Representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in complex class action proceedings and litigation, including claims under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200
Bar and Court Admissions
California State Bar
All California State Courts
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
McGeorge School of Law, J.D.
California Polytechnic State University, B.A.
Experience appearing before the Ninth Circuit for oral argument