Christopher J. Updike

Special Counsel
New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone212 504 6402

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Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Financial Restructuring
  • Corporate Restructuring & Reorganization
University Villanova University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2003
Law SchoolBoston College Law School, J.D., 2006
Admitted2007, New Jersey, New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 2009, U.S. Court Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Christopher Updike represents debtors, creditors, acquirers, and other interested parties in all aspects of complex corporate restructurings, including traditional and pre-packaged chapter 11 cases, out-of-court workouts, and cross-border insolvency proceedings. He has significant experience across a wide variety of industries, including airline, chemical, healthcare, financial services, petroleum, retail, textile, communications, mining and gaming.

Chris contributes to Cadwalader's pro bono efforts and serves as a member of the Junior Advisory Board for Her Justice (formerly inMotion), a nonprofit organization in New York City that provides free legal services to low-income women and their children. He has also served as an elected representative on Cadwalader's Firm Committee since 2010.

A frequent writer, Chris has been published in various periodicals, including the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law, Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor, The Bankruptcy Strategist and the New York Law Journal.

Chris received his J.D. from Boston College Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, and a B.A., in Economics, summa cum laude, from Villanova University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and selected as a Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholar to study international trade and finance at the University of Oxford. He was recently named a Rising Star in the 2014 New York Metro Edition of Super Lawyers.

Chris is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, as well as in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits. He is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Association.

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Cadwalader Appoints Attorneys to Special Counsel Nov 24, 2014

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Christopher J. Updike

New YorkNY 10281-0006


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