Christopher A. Jones

Christopher A. Jones

PARTNER
cajones@wtplaw.com
FALLS CHURCH
T: 703.280.9263
F: 703.280.8942

RICHMOND
T: 804.799.7858
F: 703.280.8942



Mr. Jones is a partner in the Falls Church office of Whiteford Taylor & Preston, LLP, where he serves as the Office Managing Partner, and works out of the firm’s Richmond office.  He focuses his practice in all aspects of chapter 11 bankruptcy law and insolvency related litigation.  Mr. Jones regularly represents businesses in their restructuring efforts and throughout their liquidation.  He routinely advises business owners, directors and officers regarding their duties and obligations when a company is distressed.  Mr. Jones has served as counsel to official committees in numerous chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in Virginia. He has been involved in many of the “mega” chapter 11 cases filed in the Richmond Division, including Toys “R” Us, Gymboree, LandAmerica Financial Group, Circuit City Stores, RoomStore, Inc., and Heilig-Meyers Corp.  Mr. Jones has also represented bankruptcy trustees and liquidating agents in a variety of litigation matters.  He has been qualified and testified as an expert witness regarding the reasonableness of attorneys’ fees in a chapter 11 case.  In addition to his work in the insolvency arena, Mr. Jones also has trial experience in commercial litigation matters in federal court.

Recognitions

  • AV Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, published by Chambers and Partners: 2015 - present
  • Named a Virginia Super Lawyer: 2007 - present
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America: 2010 - present
  • Listed in Virginia Business Magazine's Legal Elite: 2011 - 2013
 

Memberships & Activities

  • Board Member and Past President: Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association 
  • Member: Board of Governors, Bankruptcy Section, Virginia State Bar
  • Member: Bankruptcy Section Executive Council, Virginia Bar Association
  • Best Lawyers Designation
  • Chambers and Partners Designation

Representations

  • Co-counsel to Ad Hoc Group of Taj Noteholders in Toys “R” Us, Inc. Chapter 11 case
  • Co-counsel to Unsecured Creditors Committee in GST Autoleather Chapter 11 case; committee supported plan confirmed
  • Counsel for FUJIFILM North America in numerous bankruptcy matters across the country, including the NewZoom Chapter 11 case, Portrait Innovations Chapter 11 case, Ritz Camera Chapter 11, and Vertis Chapter 11 case
  • Counsel to second largest trade creditor in Gibson Brands Inc. Chapter 11 case
  • Counsel to government contractor in successful litigation resulting in judgment for over $2 million in damages for breach of indemnity and fraud related to acquisition of business
  • Co-counsel to Pathlight Capital as debtor-in-possession lender in The Gymboree Corporation Chapter 11 case
  • Special litigation counsel to Lynn L. Tavenner, Chapter 7 Trustee for RoomStore, Inc. for avoidance actions and D&O claims  
  • Special litigation counsel to Raymond Yancey, Chapter 7 Trustee for M.S. Grand, Inc. to pursue avoidance claims
  • Special litigation counsel to H. Jason Gold, Chapter 11 trustee for Vijay K. Taneja and related cases; recovered over $7 million for the estates through pursuit of avoidance claims
  • Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Ennstone, Inc.; committee supported plan confirmed; representing trustee of Ennstone Litigation Trust in all matters
  • Counsel and designated representative for member of committee in Circuit City Stores Chapter 11 case; member of oversight committee for Circuit City Trust
  • Counsel to individual real estate developer in chapter 11, obtaining confirmation and consummation of chapter 11 plan involving over $20 million in claims
  • Counsel to official committee of unsecured creditors of Mohawk Marketing Corporation; committee plan confirmed; representing Mohawk Marketing Liquidation Trust
  • Counsel to the rehabilitator of Land America Title Company and Commonwealth Land Title in the LandAmerica Financial Group Chapter 11 case
  • Counsel to trustees in Rowe Furniture and Storehouse Inc. cases; obtained $6.625 million settlement for D&O claims
  • Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Craft Machine Works
  • Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Rennie Petroleum Corporation
  • Counsel to Tobacco Row Apartments in Richmond, VA, a $20 million historic apartment development, in its successful reorganization which paid all creditors 100% of claims
  • Counsel to individual debtor in obtaining $19 million plan financing, paying all creditors 100% of claims
  • Counsel to Heilig-Meyers Corporation in its Chapter 11 case
  • Counsel to Fas Mart Convenience Stores in its Chapter 11 case
  • Counsel to Tultex Corporation in its Chapter 11 case


Published Opinions

Bankruptcy Opinions

  • In re Blue Ridge Limousine and Tour Service, Inc., 2014 WL 4101595 (Bankr. E.D. Va. August 20, 2014) (represented debtor)
  • In re: Thoburn Limited Partnership, 513 B.R. 887 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2013) (represented debtors)
  • Allen v. Park Place Condo. Ass'n (In re Allen), 2011 Bankr. LEXIS 2217 (E.D. Va. June 2, 2011) (represented condominium association)
  • Gold v. Sovereign Bank (In re Taneja), 453 B.R. 618 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2011)(represented chapter 11 trustee)
  • Smoot v Tavenner, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 13366 (4th Cir. May 30, 2006) (represented chapter 7 trustee)
  • Ruck v. Tavenner, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22493 (E.D. Va. 2006) (represented chapter 7 trustee)
  • In re Epley, 2005 Bankr. LEXIS (Bankr. E.D. Va. Dec. 28, 2005) (represented chapter 7 trustee)
  • In re Tobacco Road Phase IA, LLP, 338 B.R. 684 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2005) (represented chapter 11 debtor)
  • Lubman v. C.A. Guard Masonry Contrs., Inc. (In re Gem Constr. Corp. of Va.), 2000 Bankr. LEXIS 1769 (Bankr. E.D. Va. Jan. 11, 2000) (represented chapter 7 trustee)


Other Opinions

  • Caudill v. County of Dinwiddie, 259 Va. 785, 529 S.E.2d 313 (2000) (securities litigation)
  • Hayes v. 4 E Corp., 2000 Va. App. LEXIS 23 (Va. App. 2000) (workers’ compensation)
  • Walker v. Mason, 257 Va. 655, 10 S.E.2d 734 (1999) (personal injury)
  • Bass v. City of Richmond Police Dep’t, 258 Va. 103, 515 S.E.2d 557 (1999) (workers’ compensation)
  • Augusta County Sheriff’s Dep’t v. Overbey, 254 Va. 522, 492 S.E.2d 631 (1997) (workers’ compensation)
  • Lindenfeld v. City of Richmond Sheriff’s Office, 25 Va. App. 775, 492 S.E.2d 506 (1997) (workers’ compensation)
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

Articles & Publications

“Strategies for Exposing Bias in an Opposing Expert Witness” with Jennifer E. Wuebker, Bankruptcy Law News, Bankruptcy Law Section, Virginia State Bar (Spring 2017)

“Recent Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure” with Aaron Casagrande, Bankruptcy Law News, Bankruptcy Law Section, Virginia State Bar (Spring 2016)


“Bullock v. BankChampaign: Supreme Court Establishes a Heightened Standard for Determining “Defalcation” by a Fiduciary Under 11 U.S.C. Section 523(a)(4)” with Justin P. Fasano, Bankruptcy Law Section, Virginia State Bar (Fall 2013)

“Required Reading for Banks and Other Secured Lenders:  In Re Tousa, Inc., 680 F.3d 1298 (11th Cir. 2012)” with Richard Maxwell, Fee Simple, Real Property Section, Virginia State Bar (Spring 2013)

“Stern v. Marshall in Virginia” with David W. Gaffey, Bankruptcy Law News, Bankruptcy Law Section, Virginia State Bar (Winter 2013) 

“Getting Your Money: Victim’s Pursuit of Claims Against Third Parties in Ponzi Schemes; Madoff Courts Toss Claims Against Banks”, Commercial Fraud Committee Newsletter, American Bankruptcy Institute (February 2012)

“Three Liens Under Virginia Law that May be Recorded Post-Petition Under Sec. 362(b)(3)” with Aaron L. Casagrande, Bankruptcy Law News, Bankruptcy Law Section, Virginia State Bar (Winter/Spring 2009) 

“Revoking the Debtor’s Discharge under Sec. 727(d)(3)” with Tara L. Elgie, Bankruptcy Litigation Committee Newsletter, American Bankruptcy Institute (January 2007)

Presentations & Seminars

“Hot Topics – Discussion of Various Complex Legal Issues in Commercial and Bankruptcy Cases” – Panelist with Hon. Paul S. Black and Kelly M. Barnhart, 33rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice (November 2018)

“Bankruptcy Law Primer for the Non-Bankruptcy Attorney” – Panelist with Ann B. Brogan and Patrick Keith, VBA Summer Meeting (August 2018)

“A Primer on the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act: Substance, Implementation and Legal Interpretation” – Panelist with Leanne Gould, Prof. Kenneth C. Kettering, Erika Lynn Morabito and Thomas R. Walker, American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2018 Annual Spring Meeting (April 2018)

“Ethics:  Getting Paid in Large, Small, and Converted Cases” – Panelist with Hon. Keith L. Phillips and Joseph Guzinski, Esq., 32nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice (September 2017)

“Structured Dismissals and Gifting In Chapter 11” – Panelist with Hon. Brian F. Kenney, 31st  Annual Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice (September 2016)

Effective Bankruptcy Mediation: Not Just A Litigation Shortcut and Electronic Discovery Issues In Bankruptcy Cases – Panelist with Hon. Frank J. Santoro and Richard Wasserman, Esq., 30th Annual Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice (September 2015)


“Modern Fraudulent Transfer Litigation” – Panelist with Hon. Margaret Dee McGarity and Ronald R. Peterson, Esq., Spring Seminar of National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (April 2014)

“When a Chapter 11 Case Goes Bad” – Panelist with Hon. Robert G. Mayer and Kenneth M. Misken, Esq., Virginia CLE’s Hot Topics in Bankruptcy Law (March 2014)

“Bankruptcy Ethics: NOT an Oxymoron” – Panelist with Augustus C. Epps, Jr., Esq. and Sheila deLa Cruz, Esq., VBA Bankruptcy Law Conference (May 2013)

“Ethics of Representing Debtors and Estates in Bankruptcy” – Panelist with Hon. Stephen S. Mitchell, Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association (March 2013)

“Bankruptcy Litigation:  A Discussion of Prima Facie Cases, Affirmative Defenses, and Related Issues” – Panelist with Augustus C. Epps, Jr., Esq. and Sheila deLa Cruz, Esq., VBA Bankruptcy Law Conference (May 2012)

“New Developments and Strategies in Bankruptcy Preference Defense” – Panelist for ABA Webinar (February 2012)

“Trial Practice, Stipulation and Presentation of Evidence” – Panelist with Hon. Frank J. Santoro and Tyler P. Brown, Esq., 20th Annual Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association Seminar (February 2012)

“To Be or Not To Be Employed in Bankruptcy:  A Consideration of Ethical Issues” – Panelist with Hon. William F. Stone, Jr. and Robert S. Westermann, Esq., VBA Bankruptcy Law Conference (May 2011)

“Ethics ‘Stew’ – A Smorgasbord of Issues involving Ethics in Bankruptcy” – Panelist with Hon. Stephen S. Mitchell, VBA Bankruptcy Law Conference (May 2010)

“Selling, Buying and Keeping Technology Licenses in Bankruptcy” – Panelist with Douglas R. Gooding, Committee Educational Session (Technology and Telecommunications) Spring 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Bankruptcy Institute

“Current Issues involving Ethics in Bankruptcy” – Panelist with Hon. William F. Stone, Jr. and Karen M. Crowley, VBA Bankruptcy Law Conference (April 2009) 

“Bankruptcy Basics – a Primer” – Presenter, Lexwork International (October 2008)

“Post-Judgment Collections & Bankruptcy Issues” – Presenter, NBI Collections Seminar (October 2007)

“Bankruptcy Law Essentials for the Employment Law Generalist” – Panelist with Hon. William F. Stone, Jr., and Blackwell N. Shelley, Jr., VBA Annual Meeting (January 2007)

“Bankruptcy Law Essentials for the Employment Law Generalist” – Panelist with Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens and Blackwell N. Shelley, Jr., VBA 36th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law (October 2006)

“The Three Phrases No One Wants to Hear: Conflict of Interest, Inadequate Disclosure, and Disgorgement of Fees” –  Presenter, VBA Bankruptcy Law Conference (April 2006)

“No Good Deeds Go Unpunished – Bankruptcy Issues in Real Estate” – Contributor and Panelist, 22nd Annual Real Estate Practice (2004)

ARTICLES

Unwanted Disclosure: New Chapter 11 Rules Require Law Firms To Reveal All Their Fees

By: Correy E. Stephenson
Virginia Lawyers Weekly

...The new guidelines "will require bankruptcy lawyers to do things that we have not necessarily done before," said Chirstopher A. Jones in Falls Church. "This is a new level of administrative burden and, depending on the size and complexity of the case, could be very significant."

...Jones estimated that over the last five years in Virginia, no more than 10 cases would qualify, leaving the existing fee guidelines in place for the remaining majority of Chapter 11 cases.


EVENTS

32nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Institute - WTP Speaking

Chris Jones will speak at the 32nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Institute in Charlottesville, VA.  He will be on a panel  entitled “Ethics:  Getting Paid in Large, Small, and Converted Cases” with Hon. Keith L. Phillips and Joseph A. Guzinski, Assistant United States Trustee.


NEWS

Chambers Honors Whiteford in 11 Practice Areas

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has once again ranked the firm highly in its 2019 list of leading firms and business lawyers.

57 WTP Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019, Four Named "Lawyer of the Year"

57 lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington offices. Client comments are posted on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers web site.

59 WTP Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2018, Two Named "Lawyer of the Year"

59 lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices. Client comments are posted on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers web site, at bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

In addition, two lawyers were selected as “Lawyer of the Year” for their particular areas of practice.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and 29 Lawyers Honored by Chambers and Partners

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has once again ranked the firm highly in its 2017 list of leading firms and business lawyers. This year’s recognition includes a record 29 attorneys in 4 states, the District of Columbia and Afghanistan. 


59 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2017, Eight Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Fifty-nine lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, eight lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” for their particular areas of practice. 


Five WTP Lawyers Named to Virginia Super Lawyers and Michael Hastings Again Named to "Top 100"

Whiteford Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Michael Hastings, Bradford F. Englander and Christopher A. Jones have again been selected as Super Lawyers in Virginia, and Justin Fasano and Brandy Rapp have again been selected as Rising Stars.  In addition, Mr. Hastings was named to the “Top 100” list for all practice areas in Virginia for the second year in a row.


Three WTP Partners Named among Virginia's "2014 LEGAL ELITE" for Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights

Three partners in the Business Reorganizations & Bankruptcy group at Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP have been named by Virginia Business as among the state’s top ten vote-getting “Legal Elite” in the field of Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights. 
Bradford F. Englander and Christopher A. Jones are based in the firm’s Falls Church office; Michael E. Hastings is based in the Roanoke office.  This was the first listing for Mr. Englander.

63 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Four Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty-three lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, four lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in the Baltimore region for their particular areas of practice.


Five WTP Lawyers Named to Virginia Super Lawyers and Michael Hastings Named to "Top 100"

Whiteford Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Michael Hastings, Bradford F. Englander and Christopher A. Jones have again been selected as Super Lawyers in Virginia, and Justin Fasano and Brandy Rapp have been selected as Rising Stars.  In addition, Mr. Hastings was named to the “Top 100” list for all practice areas in Virginia.


Christopher Jones Selected As One Of Virginia's "Legal Elite"

Christopher A. Jones, a partner in the Business Reorganizations & Bankruptcy group at Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP, has been selected by Virginia Business as one of the state’s top ten vote-getting “Legal Elite” in the field of Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights.

In addition, he received a personal profile by the publication, including highlights of an interview they conducted with him.


61 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America; Nine Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty-one lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices, including the firm's new Roanoke office.

In addition, nine lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in their jurisdictions and areas of practice.


Sixty-Four Whiteford Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 64 of its attorneys are listed among the 2013 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in three states.

The firm is particularly proud of the young lawyers who are recognized as “Rising Stars”; the four partners who are listed in the Top 100 in Maryland – Edward Buxbaum, Edwin Fee, William Ryan, and Dwight Stone; and the 16 who are named for the first time this year.


60 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America Five Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.).

This represents an increase of seven over last year.  The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, five lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in their jurisdictions and areas of practice.


Three WTP Lawyers Named to Virginia Super Lawyers

Whiteford Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Raymond J. Diaz, Bradford F. Englander and Christopher A. Jones have again been selected as Super Lawyers in Virginia.

Mr. Diaz is a well-known lawyer in the field of Community Associations law, who is admitted to practice in Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Maryland.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Obtains $6.625 Million Recovery for Bankrupt Furniture Manufacturer and Retailer from Directors and Certain Officers

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP's (WTP) pursuit of claims against the former directors and certain officers of The Rowe Companies and its two subsidiaries, Rowe Furniture, Inc. and Storehouse, Inc., has resulted in a $6.625 million settlement for the firm's clients, Donald F. King, the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee of Rowe Furniture, Inc., and Guy A. Davis, the Chief Liquidation Officer of bankrupt Storehouse, Inc. and the Liquidating Trustee of The Rowe Companies.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Increases Its Number of Falls Church Attorneys and Expands Its Northern Virginia Location

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) has expanded its Falls Church office - by increasing the number of attorneys and enlarging its office space. Glenn R. Bonard, Eileen Morgan Johnson, Thomas Mugavero, Christy Richardson, and Andrew J. Terrell have joined Raymond J. Diaz, Michael Gartner, Christopher A. Jones, Katherine McCarthy, Edward J. O'Connell, and Eric A. Vendt in WTP's offices at 3190 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 300, Falls Church, VA 22042.


Christopher Jones Joins Whiteford, Taylor & Preston

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston (WTP) is pleased to welcome Christopher A. Jones, Esq. as Partner in the firm's Bankruptcy section.  Stationed in the firm's new Falls Church office, Jones is formerly of LeClair Ryan in Richmond, Virginia, and has a wealth of experience in handling insolvency matters for both debtors and creditors, as well as handling complex commercial litigation.