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As a Business Bankruptcy Law Specialist, I have extensive experience representing debtors, creditors and creditor committees in bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related litigation. I am also a frequent speaker and panelist regarding debtor and creditors’ rights issues.

Overview

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

Christopher concentrates on representing 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.

Christopher is honored to have been selected as debtor’s counsel 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. He also has extensive experience prosecuting and defending avoidance actions and other litigation before bankruptcy courts.

Chris is a consummate professional, a diligent worker and a great strategist.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring Client – Chambers

Outside the office

Christopher enjoys spending time with family, including volunteering in support of the schools of his two teenagers. He also enjoys running and lifting weights, watching suspense and horror movies, and keeping up-to-date with the latest events in British and European politics.

Education

  • Loyola University School of Law, J.D., Phi Delta Phi, 1997

    Law clerk, New Orleans office of the Office of the United States Trustee, Region V

  • Loyla University, MA, 1997
  • The College of William & Mary, B.A., 1994

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana

Court Admissions

  • All Louisiana State and Federal Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Certification, Business Bankruptcy Law Specialist
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Chair of the Bankruptcy Law Section
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, Business Bankruptcy Law Specialist
  • Judge Jerry A. Brown Bankruptcy American Inn of Court

  • Best Lawyers (2017-2024)
  • Super Lawyers (2017-2024)
  • Chambers USA Guide (2023)
  • New Orleans Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” (2016, 2019-2021, 2023)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: Judicial Edition, AV Preeminent Rating

  • “Determination of Value in Bankruptcy Proceedings,” American Society of Appraisers International Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 3, 2023
  • “Unprecedented Times … in Bankruptcy: Consumer and Corporate Bankruptcy Provisions of the CARES Act,” Louisiana State Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section webinar, July 30, 2020
  • “How Bankruptcy Affects Collections,” National Business Institute Collection Law: The Ultimate Guide, CLE seminar program held in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 12, 2018
  • “How to Enforce Judgement: Liens, Garnishments, Veil Piercing and More,” National Business Institute Collection Law: The Ultimate Guide, CLE seminar program held in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 12, 2018
  • “Receiverships and ABC’s,” panel discussion, panel member for the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees 35th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 16, 2017
  • “Bankruptcy Crimes and Ethical Considerations,” New Orleans Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee CLE program, June 15, 2017
  • “The Interplay of Bankruptcy and Oil and Gas Law,” New Orleans Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee CLE program, September 17, 2015
  • “The Interplay Between FDCPA and Other Federal and State Consumer Protection Laws,” National Business Institute CLE program Defending Against FDCPA Claims, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 17, 2015
  • “The Interplay of Bankruptcy and Domestic Law,” New Orleans Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee CLE program, September 18, 2014
  • “Entity Law in Bankruptcy,” New Orleans Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee CLE program, September 19, 2013
  • “Taxation & Accounting in Bankruptcy: The Role of the CPA in Bankruptcy,” New Orleans Bar Association, May 18, 2012
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Collection Law: Creditors’ Rights When a Debtor Files Bankruptcy,” National Business Institute CLE, April 23, 2012
  • “Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law and Practice,” New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinators’ CLE program, 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, May 13, 2010
  • “Bankruptcy for the Non-Bankruptcy Attorney,” New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinators’ CLE program, December 17, 2009

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