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Christopher T. Caplinger

Christopher has extensive experience representing debtors, creditors, and creditor committees in bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related litigation. He is a frequent speaker and panelist regarding issues related to debtor and creditor rights.

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Biography

From our New Orleans office, Christopher focuses on several practice areas including marine insurance coverage; bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors’ rights; and oil and gas.

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Christopher graduated in 1994 from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. He received a B.A. with a double major in Politics and Religion. In December 1997, Christopher received a J.D. from Loyola University, New Orleans School of Law as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans. Prior to admission to the bar, Christopher clerked in the New Orleans office of the Office of the United States Trustee, Region V.

Since admission to the bar in 1998, Christopher has almost continuously acted as counsel for debtors, creditors, and creditor committees in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including as counsel for the debtors in some of the largest bankruptcy cases filed in the Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana as well as in the Southern District of Alabama. Christopher has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending avoidance actions and other litigation before bankruptcy courts.

Christopher concentrates his practice on representation of debtors, creditors, and creditor committees in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization cases, creditors in Chapter 7 and 13 cases, and creditors and defendants in all aspects of prosecution and defense of claims before bankruptcy courts and in related litigation before federal district courts. He also represents clients in other commercial litigation matters.

Representative Chapter 11 Bankruptcy & Creditor Matters

  • Counsel for the Trustee of the Gulf Fleet Liquidating Trust prosecuting approximately 40 preference claims on behalf of the Trustee
  • Debtors’ counsel for Gulf Fleet Holdings, Inc. as well as ten of its subsidiaries in Chapter 11 with over $100,000,000 in assets
  • Counsel for the Trustee of the NOAG Litigation Trust prosecuting claims objections and preference claims on behalf of the Trustee
  • Debtors’ counsel for New Orleans Auction Galleries, Inc.
  • Debtors’ counsel for Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. in Chapter 11 with over $100,000,000 in assets and claims of approximately $100,000,000
  • Debtor’s counsel for East Cameron Partners, LP in Chapter 11 proceeding with assets of over $100,000,000 and debt of approximately $185,000,000
  • Debtor’s counsel for New Orleans Tours, Inc., a bus transportation and tourism company with over $4,000,000 in assets and claims in excess of $3,000,000
  • Counsel for the Trustee of the Torch Liquidating Trust, filed and prosecuted approximately 140 preference claims on behalf of the Trustee
  • Debtors’ counsel for Torch Offshore, Inc., Torch Offshore, LLC, and Torch Express, LLC in Chapter 11 proceedings involving assets of over $300,000,000 and claims of approximately $300,000,000
  • Debtors’ counsel for Meal Solutions I, LLC, a restaurant and specialty food store in New Orleans and Metairie, Louisiana
  • Debtors’ counsel for Conmaco/Rector, L.P.
  • Counsel for the Chapter 11 Trustee for Sevarg Company, Inc., an oil-and-gas development company
  • Counsel for two insurance companies in the Chapter 11 proceedings of Babcock & Wilcox, Inc.

 Presentations

  • Interplay of Bankruptcy and Oil and Gas Law, New Orleans Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee CLE Program on September 17, 2015;
  • The Interplay Between FDCPA and Other Federal and State Consumer Protection Laws at the National Business Institute CLE Program Defending Against FDCPA Claims held in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 17, 2015;
  • The Interplay of Bankruptcy and Domestic Law, New Orleans Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee CLE Program on September 18, 2014;
  • Entity Law in Bankruptcy, New Orleans Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee CLE Program on September 19, 2013;
  • “Taxation & Accounting in Bankruptcy: The Role of the CPA in Bankruptcy,” New Orleans Bar Association on May 18, 2012;
  • “Nuts and Bolts of Collection Law: Creditors’ Rights When a Debtor Files Bankruptcy,” National Business Institute CLE on April 23, 2012
  • “Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law and Practice,” New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinators’ CLE Program on December 30, 2010;
  • “Small Chapter 11 Debtor Representation,” panelist for presentation by the New Orleans Bar Association and Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth W. Magner, USBC, EDLA, on May 13, 2010;
  • “Bankruptcy for the Non-Bankruptcy Attorney,” New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinators’ CLE Program on December 17, 2009.