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Christopher A. Ward is vice chair of the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice group, as well as managing shareholder of Polsinelli Shughart’sWilmington,Delawareoffice.  In addition to acting as primary counsel to the firm’s clients in matters pending inDelaware, Mr. Ward serves asDelawarelocal counsel, conflicts counsel, avoidance action/contingency fee counsel, special counsel and claims administration counsel in various matters pending before theDelawarecourts.  Mr. Ward focuses his practice on corporate bankruptcy, financial restructuring, bankruptcy litigation, out-of-court workouts and debtor in possession financing.  He has represented a vast array of clients, including numerous chapter 11 debtors, creditors’ committees, liquidating and litigation trusts, equity committees and shareholders, assignees in assignments for the benefit of creditors (ABC), asset purchasers, institutional lenders, private equity firms, landlords and individual creditors, as well as both plaintiffs and defendants in adversary proceedings. 

Mr. Ward has been recognized for excellence in Delaware Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring by Chambers USA and is a Century Council member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), serving as Co-Coordinator of Special Projects for the Financial Advisory Committee and Newsletter Editor for the Technology Committee of the ABI.


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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 11: 75%
    17 years
  2. Litigation: 10%
    17 years
  3. Bankruptcy: 4%
  4. Debt Agreements: 3%
  5. Other: 8%
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Hourly ($450-500/hour), contingent (30-40%)

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  • Rafael Xavier Zahralddin

    I endorse this lawyer. Chris and his firm are acting as local counsel in Kansas City and have been great in all respects, including knowledge of local practice, the local Courts and substantive law. He and his team are responsive and take care to add value and help keep us within budget.


    Rafael Zahralddin Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney
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Contact info


SUITE 1101
Wilmington, DE, 19801


AZActive 199603/28/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Restructuring Deal of the Year ($100M-$500M), Coach America7th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards2013
Delaware Bankruptcy Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Excellence in Delaware Bankruptcy and Financial RestructuringChambers & Partners USA Guide2012
cellence in Delaware Bankruptcy & Financial RestructuringChambers & Partners USA Guide2011
Excellence in Delaware Bankruptcy & Financial RestructuringChambers & Partners USA Guide2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AssociateKlehr Harrison2006 - 2008
AssociateThe Bayard Firm2000 - 2006
Law Clerk to the Honorable William L. Witham, Jr.Superior Court for the State of Delaware1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
DailyDACAdvisory Board2011 - Present
Mackrell InternationalN/A2008 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteCentury Council Member2003 - Present
Turnaround Management AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Delaware State Bar AssociationN/A1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
FKF Madison Park Group Owner, LLC (One Madison Park)N/A
Palm Harbor Homes, Inc.N/A
Ultimate Escapes HoldingsN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
ABI JournalImpracticality of Bankruptcy Rule 2002(a)(2) American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXI, No. 22012
Financier WorldwideU.S. Bankruptcy Roundtable2012
ABI Technology and Telecommunications Committee Newsletter, Volume 8, Number 1Prospectively Planning for Bankruptcy Licensee Transactions2011
Polsinelli Shughart PC - E-Mail NotificationBankruptcy Court Requires Plaintiffs to Amend Complaints to Conform with Twombly and Iqbal Standards2010
ABI Asset Sales Committee Newsletter, Volume 7, Number 2Secured Creditors Are Not Entitled to Credit-Bid in a Sale Through a Reorganization Plan2010
TMA The Journal of Corporate Renewal, Vol. 23/No. 1 Jan/Feb 2010Selling Distressed Assets:Weighing 363 Sales, Other Options2010
Thomson ReutersAspatore Thought Leadership: Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Law 20102010
Creditors' Rights in Chapter 11 CasesChapter 1: Chapter 11 Strategy and the Creditors' Committee: Achieving Success for All Creditors2009
American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXIV, No.10Equity Committees – Representation of Shareholders in Bankruptcy Cases2006
Financier Worldwide’s Restructuring and Insolvency GuideEquity Committees – Representation of Shareholders in Bankruptcy Cases2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1999
Moravian CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bankruptcy in DelawareFirst Day Pleadings; Secured Claims, Cash Collateral and DIP Financing; 363 Sales2010
Protection of Creditor's Rights and BankruptcyProtection of Creditor's Rights and Bankruptcy2009
Bankruptcy Law and Procedure from Start of Finish in DelawareBankruptcy Law and Procedure from Start of Finish in Delaware2005
Enforcing Creditors Rights Under the New Bankruptcy LawEnforcing Creditors Rights Under the New Bankruptcy Law2004