Christopher F. Graham

Member
Chair, Bankruptcy & Restructuring

Overview

Chris Graham has been practicing bankruptcy and insolvency-related law since 1982. He primarily represents secured creditors in Chapter 11 matters, but also acts as counsel to creditors and shareholders, purchasers at bankruptcy 363 sales, outside members of boards of directors of Chapter 11 debtors-in-process, mezzanine lenders, trustees, receivers, state regulatory agencies, foreign liquidators in international cases, and debtors-in-possession. Chris is a recognized authority on Chapter 11 cramdown plans and defenses, and Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy cases.

Chris has handled complicated real-estate foreclosures and related litigation in the New York courts against hotels, commercial office buildings, co-ops, condos, and construction sites. He has also counseled receivers in both state and federal receivership matters involving real-estate, mortgage-backed securities, and asset-backed securities, and handles related Uniform Commercial Code foreclosures on equity interests and common stock.

Since 1999, Chris has served as an adjunct professor of bankruptcy law at St. John’s University School of Law in New York.

Representative Matters

  • Chris was appointed by the chief judge of the Southern District of New York in 2011 as Examiner of Jesup & Lamont Securities, a 135 year old Wall Street firm that had failed.
  • Represented a New York Public Benefit Corporation in partnering with developer to build $76 million casino as part of a Chapter 9 plan confirmation.
  • Represented the Government of Canada and its Industry Canada Ministry in multi-billion dollar joint cross-border financing alongside U.S. Treasury in GM and Chrysler Chapter 11 restructuring.
  • Retained by the Danish bankruptcy receivers of Denmark’s largest corporation to act as bankruptcy counsel in connection with the resolution of claims against the North American subsidiaries employing over 3,000 persons in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Served as bankruptcy counsel to the  Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) in the Drexel Burnham Lambert case in New York.

Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Director of Medal of Excellence in Bankruptcy Program, Co-Founder of Real Estate and Law School Committees, Former Director
  • New York Association of Bankruptcy Professionals (Charter Member)
  • New York Institute of Credit
  • Federal Bar Council

Community Involvement

  • Adjunct Professor to St. John’s School of Law
  • Lawyers Committee of the John Jay Homestead (Katonah, New York), Co-Chair
  • St. John’s University School of Law, Advisory Board Member
  • Little League and Youth Soccer Coach
  • NFL Flag Football Head & Assistant Coach—Pound Ridge Recreation League

Awards and Recognition:

  • Selected to New York Magazine’s Leading Lawyers for 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers for 13 years
  • Attained an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell