Chris DiPompeo's practice focuses on complex litigation and appellate advocacy in the context of business restructurings and chapter 11 bankruptcies. He has significant experience across a variety of industries, including financial services, government contracts, gaming, and municipal government. Chris regularly counsels clients in connection with issues relating to bankruptcy jurisdiction and venue, the automatic stay, post-petition financing, and complex commercial contracts.
In 2013 and 2014, Chris was a member of the Jones Day team representing the City of Detroit, Michigan in its historic chapter 9 bankruptcy case. He played a significant role in many aspects of the chapter 9 case, including litigation over the City's eligibility for bankruptcy, its request to obtain post-petition financing, and confirmation of its plan of adjustment. Chris also played a lead role in the City's lawsuit challenging the legality of $1.4 billion of pension obligation certificates of participation issued by the City in 2005 and 2006. Most recently, he has represented major creditors of Energy Future Holdings Corp., Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, General Motors, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Chris served as a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts Jr., and for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 2012, he was awarded a Temple Bar Scholarship, through which he traveled to London to work alongside some of the most senior members of the English bar and judiciary.
- University of Pennsylvania (J.D. summa cum laude 2009; Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, University of Pennsylvania Law Review); University of Maryland, Baltimore County (B.A. in Economics magna cum laude 2004; Wachovia Scholar; Certificate of General Honors)
- District of Columbia; Maryland; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland, Central District of Illinois, and Eastern District of Michigan; and U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Awarded a 2009 Burton Distinguished Writing Award for "Federal Hate Crime Laws and United States v. Lopez: On a Collision Course to Clarify Jurisdictional Element Analysis," 157 U. Pa. L. Rev. 617 (2008)
Named a "Rising Star" by Washington DC Super Lawyers (2016-2017)
- Law Clerk to: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., U.S. Supreme Court (2011-2012) and Hon. Paul V. Niemeyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (2009-2010)