6731 W. 121st Street, Suite 226 Overland Park, Kansas 66209


Work Experience


A. A number of cases tracking assets into offshore jurisdictions and conducting recovery proceedings.

B. Appointment to the Panel Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee by the U. S. Department of Justice since 1978 to the current date, and in that period of time handling over 12,000 bankruptcy cases.

C. Appointment as a Chapter 11 Trustee in a number of complex business cases.

D. Appointment as an examiner in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.

E. Appointment as a State Court Receiver in business cases.

F. Appointment as a mediator in a complex insolvency proceeding.

G. Appointment as a joint liquidator in the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in a complex insolvency proceeding.

H. Representing secured creditors and public companies in complex cross border insolvency and recovery proceedings.

I. Acting as lead trial counsel in over fifty jury trials and in hundreds of bench trials.

J. Advising clients in regard to preference and fraudulent conveyance actions.

K. Conducting due diligence in regard to merger and related business transactions and advising clients as to insolvency related issues.

L. Coordinating international litigation in the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, England, Wales, Norway, France, Italy, the Netherlands and other European countries, Cayman Islands, Nevis and other Caribbean Islands, the Netherland Antilles, and South America.


Accomplishments and Representative Experience


· Represented the unsecured creditors’ committee in the Farmland Industries bankruptcy with scheduled debt of $1.9 billion. Payment to unsecured creditors was one hundred percent (100%) of allowed claims, plus interest.

· Represented a diverse conglomerate of companies in a multibillion-dollar Chapter 11 proceeding in Delaware. Client was able to effectuate a substantial recovery of millions of dollars of the companies’ claims.

· Represented international beef packing company in which the client was able to be paid reclamation claim of more than $2 million in full and also defended a $5 million preference action without any payment by the client.

· Gatekeeper for an international bank in a multijurisdictional recovery action of a $60 million loan spanning five (5) continents. The client received payment on its loan balance plus accrued interest after a small discount was negotiated.

· Represented the unsecured creditors’ committee in the Wilson Foods bankruptcy proceeding with debt of over a billion dollars. Unsecured creditors recovered over eighty percent (80%) of their outstanding debt.

· Acted as Chairman of the unsecured creditors’ committee in the Hale Halsell bankruptcy proceeding with debt of over $20 million dollars. Unsecured creditors recovered one hundred percent (100%) of their unsecured debt, plus interest.

· Counseled client whose primary creditor conveyed and transferred assets offshore to frustrate recovery by the client. In a short time span, a full re-conveyance of assets was returned to the United States so that the same could be applied against the outstanding balance due to the client.

· Counsel for unsecured creditors committee in a Chapter 11 proceeding of a regional department store chain with overall debt of $150 million and in which a successful reorganization plan was achieved with a substantial dividend and payment to unsecured creditors.

· Counsel for unsecured creditor’s committee in a Chapter 11 proceeding involving the restructure of a mortuary and internet facility which provided a substantial payment to unsecured creditors.

· Counsel for international hotel chain which resulted in the recovery of over $1 million dollars transferred to Caribbean offshore jurisdictions.

· Counsel for National Healthcare secured creditor in Chapter 11 proceeding which the outstanding debt was restructured and payment in full was received by the secured creditor.

·  Counsel in a class action in which 3,000 individuals were involved and obtained certification of class in which $60 million was invested and substantial recovery obtained for unsecured creditors.

· Special international counsel in tracing of funds diverted from Nasdaq stock sales based on false 10(K) and 10(Q) filing to the Isle of Man. Successfully traced the funds and froze $175 million for ultimate payment to creditors.

· Special international counsel for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Trustee in Houston in a Pyramid Ponzi Scheme raised over $70 million which were transferred to the Isle of Man, Nevus, Switzerland and Mexico. As a result of actions undertaken a substantial recovery of funds occurred.

· Counsel for the Chapter 7 bankruptcy Trustee where in excess of $80 million was traced in an international Pyramid Ponzi Scheme and funds had been transferred to offshore jurisdictions in the Isle of Man, Netherlands, Antilles, France, Wales, Switzerland and the Channel Islands, Filed actions for constructive trusts and judgments against the principal resulting in the recovery of millions of dollars.

· Counsel for the Chapter 7 bankruptcy Trustee in a Chapter 7 proceeding in Los Angeles where $80 million was transferred to overseas jurisdiction in Switzerland, Isle of Man, Turk and Caicus Islands and other jurisdictions. Counsel utilized mutual lateral assistance, treaty requests, (MLATS), and other actions in offshore jurisdictions to trace the funds to the ultimate bnenficiaries.

Significant Positions Held



A.  Member of the United States delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) to Working Group V (Insolvency) from 2007 to the current date.

B. Delegate of the American Bar Association to UNCITRAL to Working Group V (insolvency) from 1988 to 2007.

C. A member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) (2004 to 2008).

D. A Member of the expert group to UNCITRAL Working Group V (insolvency) since 2001 to the current date.

E. A Member of the ACPIL Committee (Advisory Committee to Private International Law Section) of the U.S. Department of State from 2012 to the current date.

F. A Fellow to International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) FraudNet, which group is recognized as experts in asset tracking and recovery and has been ranked by Chambers as a Band One International Organization the highest ranking Chambers award and the only asset recovery group ranked by Chambers from 2008 to the current date.

G. Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy from 2010 to the current date.

H. Fellow of the International Insolvency Institute from 2012 to the current date.

I. Chair of a number of Committees of the American Bar Association of the Business Law Section, including Chair of the International Coordinating Committee, Chair of the International Insolvency Committee, Chair of the International Litigation Committee of Working Group on Provisional Measures and Asset Freezes, Chair of Claims and Priorities Committee and currently the Chair of the UNCITRAL Task Force.

Awards and Recognitions


· American Bar Foundation Fellow

· American College of Bankruptcy Fellow

· The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation Bankruptcy 1987 – 2018

· Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

· Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2005 – 2018

· Who’s Who Legal, International Who’s Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers 2008 - 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

· American Bankruptcy Institute

· American Bar Association

· FraudNet, division of the International Chamber of Commerce

· International Bar Association

· International Insolvency Institute

· Kansas Bar Association

· Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

· The Missouri Bar Association

· The Maine Bar Association

· National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

· U.N. Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) U. S. Delegate

· U.S. Department of States and Advisory Committee on Private International Law (ACPIL)

· Wichita Bar Association


· Kansas, 1970

· US. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit 1973

· Missouri, 1996

· U. S. Supreme Court, 1996

· U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2003




· B. A. History and Political Science, University of Kansas, 1968

· J. D. University of Kansas School of Law, 1970

Publications & Presentations


· Chris has been featured in The Wall Street Joural, Business Week, Forbes and the American Bar Association’s Journal

· Author, “The Challenges Involved in International Recoveries”, TMA Journal of Corporate Renewal, 2013

· Author, “Registration of Business in the United States” chapter and “Civil Remedies” chapter, The FraudNet World Compendium, second edition, ICC FraudNet, 2013

· Author, “Bankruptcies” chapter, Financier Worldwide, August, 2010

· Author, “COMI: In Search of Predictability” chapter, Norton Annual Review of International Insolvency, 2010

· Author, “Basics of International Insolvency Law” chapter, The FraudNet World Compendium, ICC FraudNet, 2009

· Author, “United States of America” chapter The FraudNet World Compendium, ICC FraudNet, 2009

· Speaker, “Migration of Debtors: Personal Bankruptcy Law within a Trans-Border Context”, St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, St. Petersburg, Russia, May, 2013

· Speaker, Fraud and Asset Recovery and Trans-B

· order Bankruptcy Cooperation Conference, December 2012, Sao Paulo, Brazil

· Speaker, “Top Techniques and Cross-Border Insolvency Remedies in Fraud Recovery in the U.S., U.K., Europe and the Caribbean”, C5 Forum: Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery, Miami, FL, October, 2012

· Moderator, “International Insolvencies: Basic Principles and Current Problems, Including Lessons from Lehman, Stanford and Other Recent Cases”, American Bar Association – Business Law Section, September, 2011

· Speaker, “Preserving Going Concern Values: Developing D&O Guidelines”, International Insolvency Conference, June, 2011

· Speaker, “Overview and Analysis of Cross-Border Insolvency Proceedings and Current Developments”, Department of State’s Advisory Committee on private international law annual meeting, October, 2010

· Speaker, “Resolved: Chapter 7 Debtors’ Counsel Must Be Employed By The Bankruptcy Estate Before Being Paid From The Estate Assets For Post-Petition Work”, American Bankruptcy Institute/UMKC Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute, October, 2010

· Speaker, “The Challenge of Determining Whether to Use a Receivership Action or an Insolvency Proceeding to Effectuate the Recovery of Assets in Cross=Border Fraud Actions”, C5’s Forum on Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery, September, 2010

· Speaker, “Insolvencies and Receiverships Gone Wrong: Fee, Pigs and ‘The Dripping Roast””, Offshore Alert, Financial Due Diligence Conference, Miami, Fla., May 2010

· Speaker, “I[date pm the Status of UNCITRAL”, American Bar Association, spring meeting, Denver, Colorado, April 2010