Practice Area Insights — Current Issues in Bankruptcy

17 Min View By: Judge Christopher Mark Alston

Bankruptcy filings are currently at historic lows. In this wide-ranging discussion, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher M. Alston discusses potential drivers of this change, from new state laws to Subchapter V of Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, as well as other notable developments and trends in the world of bankruptcy law. The video delves into the continuing effects of the pandemic on bankruptcy and foreclosures; efforts to make bankruptcy courts more diverse; mass tort bankruptcy cases; and more.

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Judge Christopher M. Alston was sworn into office as a bankruptcy judge for the Western District of Washington on June 30, 2015, and maintains chambers in Seattle, Washington. Prior to taking the bench, he was a Member of Foster Pepper PLLC, where he practiced for 26 years. He chaired the firm’s Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy group and focused his practice on all aspects of Chapter 11 reorganization, bankruptcy litigation and commercial litigation. Judge Alston received his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1989 and received his A.B. from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1985.

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