Chris is an experienced business attorney who focuses on bankruptcies, business reorganizations and distressed transactions.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2002
  • Tennessee, 1999
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
    • Tennessee: Middle
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Butler Snow Business Department Chair, 2016-2019
  • Butler Snow Executive Committee, 2016-2018
  • Butler Snow Equity Committee, 2013-2016
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2013-2020
    • Lawyer of the Year, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Jackson, Miss.), 2020
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy: Business, 2013-2019
    • Mid-South Rising Stars, Bankruptcy: Business, 2009-2012
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Corporate/Commercial: Bankruptcy (Mississippi), 2014-2019
  • Member, Board of Directors of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Chair, Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference Annual Seminar, 2013
  • President-Elect, Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference, 2019

Education & Honors

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1999
  • Vanderbilt University, B.S., Human and Organizational Development, 1996

Experience

  • In re: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, et al., United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Case No. 17-03283. Represents FGIC insurer of bonds issued by the ­­­­Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its agencies.
  • In re: Franchise Services of North America, United States Bankruptcy for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No. 17-02316. Represented the debtor, a holding company providing franchise services and insurance to the rental car industry, in its Chapter 11 case
  • In re: Opus Management Group, et al., United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No. 16-00288 Represented the debtors, 6 operating pharmacies and their management company in their jointly administered Chapter 11 cases.
  • In re: Mississippi Phosphates Corporation, et al., United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No. 14-51667. Represented the debtor, a large fertilizer manufacturer in its Chapter 11 case.
  • In re: Natchez Regional Medical Center, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No. 14-01048. Represented the debtor in connection with its Chapter 9 Bankruptcy proceeding, which included the sale of hospital through a confirmed Chapter 9 plan of adjustment.
  • In re: Simply Wheelz LLC, d/b/a Advantage Rent-a-Car, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No. 13-03332-ee. Represented the Debtor, the fourth largest car rental company in the United States, in its Chapter 11 case. Certain assets of the Company are to be sold through a court-supervised 363 sales process. This was the first "large chapter 11 case" under the new United States Trustee guidelines that was filed outside of Delaware or the Southern District of New York. This case is still pending. 
  • In re: Pinnacle Restaurant Corporation, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No. 13-03267-ee. Represented the Debtor in this chapter 11 case of a restaurant company that operates 17 Mazzio’s Italian Eateries, 2 Ken’s Pizza stores, and 1 Oliveto Italian Bistro in Mississippi and Texas. This case is still pending.
  • In re: Piccadilly Restaurants, LLC, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Case No. 12-51127. Represented the largest trade creditor in this chapter 11 case of a restaurant and food service company with more than 60 restaurants and 80 food service locations all across the southeast. The confirmation hearing is scheduled for January 2014.
  • In re: O&G Leasing, LLC et al., United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No. 10 01851 ee. Represented Indenture Trustee for Bondholders holding $25,955,000 of Senior Debentures and $7,610,000 of Subordinate Debentures in this chapter 11 case of a company which owns and operates five oil and gas drilling rigs. The case has been confirmed, but has not yet been consummated.
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