OUR FIRM

The law firm of Christopher R. Chicoine, PLLC is a bankruptcy and creditors' rights law firm focused on providing creative, cost-effective solutions for our valued clients.

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Chris graduated from law school in 2006, and ever since has focused on bankruptcy and insolvency matters and related litigation. Chris has been recognized for his work with multiple selections as Superlawyer Rising Star (less than 2.5% of attorneys) and Superlawyer (less than 5% of attorneys). Chris’s debtor/creditor experience includes Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcies, bankruptcy reorganizations, creditors’ rights, and complex bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Chris has represented individual and business debtors under Chapter 11, creditors in cases under Chapters 7, 11 and 13, financial institutions, private lenders and investors, secured and unsecured creditors, landlords, and distressed asset buyers.

Chris has conducted bench and jury trials in State Court, U.S. Tax Court, and Bankruptcy Court. Chris’s strong bankruptcy and litigation background has allowed him to aggressively and efficiently obtain favorable results for his bankruptcy and insolvency clients.

Chris’ previous efforts resulted in the following successful Chapter 11 reorganizations for his debtor clients, including:

  • Southwest Forest industries (lumber mill operations)

  • Sun Radiology (medical imaging)

  • Freeport Logistics, Inc., Freeport Transportation, Inc., Freeport Distribution, Inc. (logistics providers)

  • Atomic Pest Control (extermination business with real estate)

  • Floorco, Inc. (commercial flooring company)

  • Paradise Car Wash (car wash operations with real estate)

  • Two Brothers entities (gas station, car wash and convenience store combinations)

  • Numerous real estate investors

Chris has represented creditors in several complex, high-profile cases, including the Mortgages, Ltd. (previously Arizona’s largest private mortgage lender) and Bashas’ Inc. (owner of grocery store chains AJ’s Fine Foods, Bashas’ and Foodland in the southwestern United States) Chapter 11 bankruptcies.

Chris regularly defends and enforces secured creditor claims, including UCC and real estate liens in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies.

Chris has also appeared on behalf of creditors in bankruptcy cases outside of Washington, including cases in California, Arizona, Tennessee, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and New York.

Notable published decisions include: 

  • In re Burgueno (Bankr. D. Arizona) (dischargeability of post-petition HOA assessments under Chapter 11 plan)

  • Estate of Marshall, Marshall Associated LLC (U.S. Tax Court)(3 consolidated cases with transferee liability issues under the Oregon Fraudulent Transfer Act)

 

Chris has also litigated real estate, fraudulent transfer, breach of contract and commercial matters.

Membership and Affiliations

  • State Bars:  California, Washington

  • U.S. District Courts: E.D. Cal., N.D. Cal., S.D. Cal., C.D. Cal.; S.D. Indiana; C.D. Illinois; E.D. Ark, W.D. Ark., W.D. Wash.

  • Editor, Bankruptcy Journal of National Creditors' Bar Association.

  • King County Bar Association (Debtor/Creditor Section)

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of  the Law, (J.D., 2006)

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A., 2001 with High Honors in Accounting and Economics)

Publications

  • Snohomish County Bar Association: Amendments to Chapter 11. September, 2020.

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