Christine Tobin-Presser, a native of Seattle, joined Bush Kornfeld in 1998. Christine’s practice emphasizes commercial creditor-debtor issues, out-of-court workout agreements, Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations.
Chambers USA, an independent directory that researches and assesses law firms and lawyers in America, praises Christine as a lawyer “who has respect in the bar, really knows her stuff, and has an ability to bring people together.”
Christy has been named The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2023 editions (Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law); Chambers USA's America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Bankruptcy Section 2022, 2023; and Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers for 2023.
Additional Attorney Information
Chapter 11 representation of a debtor that held highly disputed interests in intellectual property related to technology that improves diesel engine efficiency. The Debtor filed Chapter 11, which prevented all stakeholders from being wiped out through a receivership proceeding, and settled the disputed ownership claims, which allowed for potential recovery to unsecured creditors and equity.
Chapter 11 representation of a Whatcom County, Washington, property developer. The Debtor filed a Chapter 11 case to prevent a foreclosure which would have resulted in no payments to unsecured creditors. During the case, the Debtor obtained necessary post-petition financing, completed entitlement work on a significant development in Whatcom County, sold the development, and paid its creditors in full.
Chapter 11 representation of three debtors that operating skilled nursing facilities in Washington state. The Debtor, pursuant to Section 363, sold their operations to a new operator, which allowed more than 200 residents to remain in their homes during the COVID pandemic.
Bush Kornfeld represented 7 related companies in consolidated Chapter 11 cases. The companies owned and operated several large oil/gas construction support vessels operating primarily in the Mexican Gulf of Mexico and needed to restructure their secured debt of approximately $50 million and their operating liabilities. The companies confirmed a Joint Plan of Reorganization that completed the restructure and allowed continued, profitable, uninterrupted operations.
Bush Kornfeld represented a pod storage company in its Chapter 11, with a focus on selling the business/assets as a going concern. Successfully completed a Section 363 sale of the going concern assets.
Bush Kornfeld represented TC Global, Inc. (Tully's Coffee) in its sale process through Chapter 11, working with the company to set up an auction process and completing the details which lead to a closed-sale transaction sufficient to pay general unsecured creditors 90% of debt.
Bush Kornfeld represents James F. Rigby, Jr., Trustee of the Michael R. Mastro bankruptcy estate. The case involves over $600,000,000 in total debt and substantial litigation against various parties related to the Debtor.
Bush Kornfeld represented The Seattle Times in successfully restructuring its long-term debt, as well as other operational and related issues. As a result of the restructure, The Seattle Times remains viable and the sole-surviving daily newspaper in Seattle.
Bush Kornfeld represented Brown & Cole which initially operated 30 grocery stores in Northwest and Central Washington, with approximately 1,200 mostly union employees, and generating annual sales of almost $300 million. At the time of filing its Chapter 11 case, Brown & Cole’s secured debt exceeded $100 million. Brown & Cole confirmed an operating Plan, successfully restructuring its capital structure and pension obligations to facilitate its continued operation.
Represented debtor in the successful Chapter 11 reorganization of nine Sonic franchise restaurants in the Boise, Idaho area, resulting in preservation over 125 jobs.
Represented Chapter 11 trustee in substantively consolidating nine related entities comprising a resort and selling the consolidated business as an operating entity through a plan of liquidation resulting in 100% payment to all non-subordinated creditors.
Served as special counsel to the Chapter 7 trustee in Anchorage, Alaska, negotiating a $1,500,000 settlement from the debtor’s former principal to be paid to creditors.
Representation of Unsecured Creditors Committee in achieving distribution of approximately 50% where no distribution had been anticipated at the outset.
Served as counsel to Pivotal Solutions, Inc., state court-appointed receiver, in winding up the company’s affairs, including overseeing resolution of numerous pending foreclosure-related lawsuits.
Education & Bar Memberships
- Juris Doctor, University of Oregon, 1997
- Associate Editor 1995-1996, Staff Editor 1996-1997, Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation, University of Oregon
- Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Washington, 1992
- Washington State Bar Association
- Admitted to Practice in Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Alaska State Bar Association
Presentations & Publications
- Gender in Judging IV, Communications Between the Bench and Bar and Identifying Potential Implicit Bias Pitfalls – Co-Chair, ABA CLE Program, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
- Getting Younger Lawyers Into Court – Panelist, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, ABA Pro Bono CLE
- PPP/Cares Act/Small Business Concerns During the Pandemic, Eastern District of Washington Bankruptcy Bar Association Annual CLE
- Turnaround Management for the Family Business at Risk – Panelist, Northwest Family Business Advisors
- Bankruptcy Bootcamp: First Day Motions in Chapter 11, King County Bar Association
- The New Chapter 11 for Small Businesses: A Deep Dive Into the New Subchapter V – Panelist, Washington State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education
- Post-Confirmation Jurisdiction: So Where do we Go from Here? – Panelist, Oregon State Bar 28th Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute
- Nuts and Bolts of Representing Chapter 11 Debtors – Panelist, Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington
- Controlling Professional Fees and Costs in Insolvency Proceedings – Panelist, Turnaround Management Association 15th Annual Cross-Border Conference
- Handling Bankruptcy Appeals, WSBA Continuing Legal Education
- Current Hot Topics in Chapter 11s – Business in Distress: Receivership or Chapter 11, WSBA Continuing Legal Education
- Sovereign Immunity Issues in Bankruptcy, Women Bankruptcy Attorneys
- The Insecurity of Secured Interests in Copyrights in Bankruptcy, KCBA Bankruptcy Section
- How to Create, Perfect, Foreclose and Defend Liens, WSBA Continuing Legal Education
- Attorneys Liens, KCBA Bankruptcy Section
- Chapter 11 for Businesses and Individuals – Bankruptcy Bootcamp, WSBA Continuing Legal Education
- Co-author, No Place Like Home: Treatment of SNF Leases Under § 365, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Co-author, No Place Like Home: Treatment of SNF Leases Under § 365, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XL, No. 7, July 2021
- Residential or Nonresidential Determination as to a Commercial Lease: Implications and Strategy, ABI Health Care Committee Newsletter, Vol. 19, No. 1, September 2022
- American Bar Association, Vice-Chair, Business Bankruptcy Section, Administration & Courts Subcommittee
- Eastern District of Washington Bankruptcy Bar Association, Board Member
- Board Member, Seattle Women Bankruptcy Attorneys (WOMBATs)
- Seattle Co-Chair, 2019 United States Courts Diversity Symposium, Roadways to the Federal Bench
- Executive Committee Member, Washington State Bar Association, Creditor Debtor Rights Section, 2013-2017
- Planning Committee, 29th Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, 2015-2016
- Planning Committee, 28th Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, 2014-2015
- Chair, King County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, 2005-2006, Board Member, 2003-2006
- Editorial Board, Washington Real Property Deskbook Series, Fourth Edition
- Volunteer CENTS Counselor, Managing Medical Debt
- Volunteer CENTS Advisor, Fred Hutch Study re: Cancer and Financial Toxicity
- Board Member, Shorewood on the Sound Community Organization
- West Seattle Junction Neighborhood Organization, Land Use Committee 2016-2018
- President Holy Rosary School Commission, West Seattle, 2016-2017 (Board Member 2013-2017)
- Board Member CENTS (Consumer Education and Training Services), 2010-2013
- Former Volunteer, King County Bar Association Debt Clinic
- Former Mentor, Seattle University law students providing pro bono legal services