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Chris Dickerson

Partner, Corporate Department
T 1(312) 499-6045
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Chris Dickerson is a partner in the Corporate department at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Chicago office. His practice includes the representation of a variety of clients in complex business reorganizations, debt restructurings and insolvency matters, including purchasers of and investors in distressed companies and lenders to and creditors of such companies.

Mr. Dickerson has assisted numerous large corporations both inside and outside chapter 11, including Circuit City Stores, Inc.; CIT Group, Inc.; Refco, Inc.; US Airways, Inc.; Zenith Electronics and Reddy Ice, Inc.

Mr. Dickerson also has assisted numerous investors in and acquirers of distressed assets including in the Chapter 11 cases of Pacific Energy, Inc.; Propex, Inc.; PTC Alliance Corp, and QualTeq, Inc. He also often assists secured lenders and providers of debtor-in-possession financing, such as Citibank, N.A. as debtor-in-possession lender to Solutia Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. as debtor-in-possession lender to Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, and BNP Paribas as debtor-in-possession lender to Propex, Inc., and in a number of other out-of-court lending transactions.

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Regularly listed as one of the Top Bankruptcy M&A Lawyers by The Deal magazine.
  • Named in Chambers USA, where sources have described him as a “very creative, very aggressive and [a] very smart bankruptcy person,” whose “creativity and approach and overall client service are most impressive.” Chambers also noted his “particular expertise in acting for secured lenders in the acquisition of distressed assets.” Commentators have found him “very professional and knowledgeable, and [he] has good scope and appreciation of what needs to get done.”
  • Named in The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Legal 500 United States recognized him as “commercially savvy and very strategic.”

Speaking Engagements and Publications

Mr. Dickerson frequently lectures and writes on restructuring topics, including prepacks, mergers and acquisitions in distressed situations, distressed investing, fiduciary duties of board of directors, zone of insolvency issues, confirmation issues and general and basic bankruptcy analysis.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. (cum laude, Order of the Coif)
  • Georgetown University, M.A., National Security Studies
  • United States Naval Academy, B.S.

Military Service

Following graduation from the United States Naval Academy, Chris was a naval flight officer in the US Navy for 11 years, assigned to Fighter Squadrons 101, 142 and 124.