Christina Sanfelippo

Associate

Recent News:

U.S. Tobacco Deal Wins M&A Advisor Award

The team's representation of U.S. Tobacco successfully ended a 17-year class action battle for the largest tobacco cooperative in the United States.

Christina focuses her practice on financial restructuring and bankruptcy law. She represents debtors, trustees, and creditors in a range of Chapter 7 proceedings, including preference and fraudulent transfer actions, as well as complex bankruptcy litigation. Christina also assists debtors and official committees of unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 proceedings. In addition, she handles commercial disputes, including contract claims and business torts.

Christina is an active and engaged professional in the bankruptcy and restructuring industry. She is actively involved in the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and she currently serves on IWIRC’s international board of directors as U.S. Programs Committee co-director. Christina also currently serves as vice chair of IWIRC’s Chicago Network and has been elected as the chair of the board of directors for the Chicago Network for 2023 and 2024. In 2018, Christina received the prestigious Rising Star Award for her exceptional leadership and contributions to IWIRC’s mission of enhancing the professional status of women in the insolvency and restructuring profession. An active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), Christina is a coordinating editor of the ABI Journal’s Benchnotes column and serves on the advisory board for the Central States Regional Conference. She also serves as the co-chair of ABI's Young and New Members Committee.

Experience

News

U.S. Tobacco Deal Wins M&A Advisor Award

November 16, 2022

The team's representation of U.S. Tobacco successfully ended a 17-year class action battle for the largest tobacco cooperative in the United States.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 23 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

March 02, 2022

The Leading Lawyers Network has named 22 Cozen O’Connor lawyers to its annual list of Illinois’ top practitioners and named one other as an Emerging Lawyer in its 2022 survey results.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 26 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

January 26, 2021

The Leading Lawyers Network has named 24 Cozen O’Connor lawyers to its annual list of Illinois’ top practitioners and named two others as Emerging Lawyers in its 2021 survey results.

Publications

Golf Cart Ruling Exposes Bankruptcy Exemption Law Issue

October 03, 2022

Brian Shaw and Christina Sanfelippo discuss the In re: Smith decision and what it means for bankruptcy practitioners in a Law360 article.

Fixing Ch. 11 For Small Biz: What SBRA Means By 'Engaged'

February 05, 2021

Brian Shaw and Christina Sanfelippo discuss the Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) that went into effect on February 19, 2021 and is designed to improve the Chapter 11 reorganization process for small business debtors in Law360.

The Domesticity Barrier to Recognition of a Foreign Proceeding Under Chapter 15

August 31, 2018

Brian Shaw and Christina Sanfelippo go in-depth about Judge Sean Lane's reiterated statement regarding the low domestic presence threshold (Domesticity) that a foreign representative must meet when it is petitioning for recognition of a foreign proceeding under Chapter 15 in Law.com.

Commodity Broker Liquidations: What Qualifies as a “Commodity Contract”?

September 22, 2017

Christina Sanfelippo discusses what qualifies as a Commodity Contract in the American Bar Association's Young & New Members Committee Newsletter.

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2015
  • University of Minnesota , B.S., 2012

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch, 2021-2023

International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Rising Star Award, 2018

Emerging Lawyer, Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial and Commercial Litigation by Leading Lawyers, 2017-2018

  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Wisconsin

American Bankruptcy Institute 

International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation