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. | 510.506.7154

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

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® in America since 2018

  • Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum, Board of Directors member