Law School/Year: Georgetown University/1987, cum laude
College/Year: Northwestern University
All California state court; U.S. District Court for the Southern, Northern, Central and Eastern districts of California; admitted pro hac vice in federal bankruptcy court matters in Arizona, Delaware, Nevada, New York, Illinois and Texas.
Creditor's Rights, Fiduciary Services Litigation, Business Reorganization and Workouts, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Law
* Chief Reorganization Counsel, Party City of San Diego and 7 Affiliate Debtors, Confirmed Plan Reorganization
* Chief Reorganization Counsel, Palomar Mountain Spring Water, Inc., Confirmed Plan of Reorganization
* Chief Reorganization Counsel, CinemaStar, Inc., confirmed plan, publicly traded company
* Chief Reorganization Counsel, Audre, Inc., confirmed plan, publicly traded company
* Trustee Counsel, In re Adams, complex high-profile bankruptcy/divorce case
Christopher Celentino practices in the areas of business reorganization, creditor's rights, insolvency and bankruptcy. Celentino's bankruptcy practice emphasizes representation of creditors in chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases, as well as representation of court-appointed trustees in chapter 7 and chapter 11 cases. He has also represented debtors, including publicly traded companies, having been instrumental in representing a debtor in a chapter 11 reorganization characterized by the bankruptcy judge as "a member of the San Diego Bankruptcy Reorganization Hall of Fame." Celentino has a special knowledge in mechanic's lien law and construction litigation matters, as well as family law and related dissolution matters. Celentino's creditor's rights practice emphasizes representing lenders and borrowers in workout and restructuring of commercial loans, secured transactions, and lease transactions, and pursuit of creditor's remedies in commercial litigation matters. Celentino is one of only four San Diego attorneys certified as a business bankruptcy specialist by the American Board of Certification.
State Bar of California, member, Insolvency Law Committee, 2005-2008; San Diego County Bar Association, Chair, Bankruptcy Law Section, 1992-1993; San Diego Financial Lawyer's Group, Former President; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California, Mediation Panel Member, 1994-present; Louis M. Welch Inn of the American Inns of Court
Participant, Palm Desert Alzheimer's Walk, March 2010; Fundraising Steering Committee, ElderHelp, 1996-1999; Republican National Convention Host Committee, 1996; Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee, City of San Diego, 1988-1991; San Diego Venture Group, 1987-1990; Member, Georgetown University Alumni Club of San Diego; Member, Northwestern University Alumni Club of San Diego; Head Coach and Team Manager, Presidio Little League; Coach and Sponsor, Tecolote Little League