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Christy A. Prince

Counsel
Columbus, OH | D 614.358.9312 | F 614.358.9712
overview

Christy Prince represents clients in all aspects of commercial litigation, with a strong emphasis on creditor rights, bankruptcy, and real property litigation.

With a primary focus on creditors' rights and bankruptcy, Christy is experienced in commercial litigation, receiverships, and collection. She prosecutes and defends bankruptcy litigation, pursues guarantors, and optimizes clients' outcomes in insolvency forums.

In her real estate litigation practice, Christy assists clients in transactions, mortgages, liens, and quiet title actions for commercial properties and developments. She also handles commercial real estate matters connected to bankruptcy, including occupancy, repossession, foreclosure and lien disputes, and property liquidations, auctions, and sales.

Ranked in the "Up and Coming" category in Chambers USA 2019 in Ohio Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Christy is "a rising star in the state's contentious bankruptcy market. She is particularly noted for her foreclosure experience, with sources describing her as 'very capable in real estate matters.'"

Christy has a passion for exploring the world and learning about history and culture around the globe. From Machu Picchu to Pompeii and Jerusalem to the Great Wall, Christy loves to build connections between the familiar and the new.

education & admissions

education

  • The University of Toledo College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2007)
  • Ball State University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2004)
  • University of Oxford, England; Junior Year Abroad (2003)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 2007

federal admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
experience
  • In representing a bank in a matter involving a small chain of convenience stores, foreclosed liens on six properties in three counties in a single foreclosure action where borrowers defaulted; properties were sold via Private Selling Officer (PSO) in one of the first PSO sales in Ohio under a new law
  • In a case in which a contractor missed payments on goods provided on credit by the client, negotiated a personal guaranty from the contractor’s principal for all invoices over 90 days old on a rolling basis until contractor closed its doors; negotiated to reduce the client’s exposure from more than $400,000 to about $280,000, of which approximately $150,000 was guarantor-guaranteed; filed suit against the contractor and settled for a substantial lump sum payment and continuing monthly payments from the guarantor’s personal assets
  • During an engagement to collect on an unsecured judgment arising from an arbitration against a Florida pharmacy and its guarantors, discovered that the client had a mortgage of record on Florida property worth more than $350,000 and encumbered by a senior mortgage; foreclosed the client’s mortgage and sold the property at public sale, receiving approximately $85,000 from the proceeds
  • In a dispute to the client’s lien priority based on the borrower’s fraudulent loan application, bifurcated the dispute from the sale of the properties, allowing a faster sale to prevent the accrual of property taxes pending resolution
  • Managed and oversaw all creditor litigation in the United States and Canada for a Fortune 50 company
  • Represented court-appointed receiver of a $50 million Class A office building in pursuing claims and stabilizing tenants to mitigate losses to secured creditor
  • Liquidated real property and personal property collateral owned by one borrower across four counties in a single lawsuit in less than 18 months
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • 2016 Legal Seminar for Credit Professionals, NACM, Columbus, Ohio (May 2016)
  • 2015 Legal Seminar for Credit Professionals, NACM, Columbus, Ohio (May 2015)
  • 2014 Legal Seminar for Credit Professionals, NACM, Columbus, Ohio (October 2014)
  • "Litigation 101: Overview of Pleadings," Columbus Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio (September 2014)
  • "Promotional Gaming," National Asia-Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), Cleveland, Ohio (April 2014)
  • 2013 Legal Seminar for Credit Professionals, NACM, Columbus, Ohio (October 2013)

Publications

  • "Gaming Law," ABA's GPSolo (March 2013)
  • "Creditors May Lose Secured Status Due to Note Problems," ABA's Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation Section Newsletter (February 2012)

Media

  • "People to Know: Christy Prince," Columbus Business First (October 2017)
  • "We've Got a Winner: Contests, Sweepstakes Provide Fun Opportunities for Customer Engagement," Smart Business Magazine (June 2016)
  • "Attorneys Aim to Lift Embargo on Cuba," Columbus C.E.O. Magazine (August 2013)
  • "Cleveland Extends Moratorium on Internet Sweepstakes Cafes," The Plain Dealer (October 2011)
  • "Miamisburg to Regulate Internet Cafes," Dayton Daily News (June 2011)
  • "Officials Wary of 'Internet Cafes,'" cincinnati.com (February 2011)
honors

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Chambers USA
    • "Up and Coming" in Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Ohio) (2018, 2019)
  • 2016 Outstanding Pro Bono Service by an Individual, The Legal Aid Society of Columbus
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), Finalist for Rising Star Award (2012)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars® (2011-2017)

affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Columbus Bar Association
    • Bankruptcy Committee (2011-present)
    • New Lawyer Committee, Co-chair (2011-2013)
  • Women Lawyers of Franklin County
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), Central Ohio Network, Co-chair (2009-2011, 2013-2015)
  • Leadership Columbus, Class of 2014
  • Certified Tourism Ambassador for Columbus, Ohio (2013-2016)
  • Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland
    • Gold Award Review Committee (2011-2012)
    • Troop Leader (2016-present)
  • Salvation Army of Central Ohio
    • Executive Committee (2016-present)
      • Chair (2019-2020)
      • Vice Chair (2017-2018)
    • Program Committee (2012-present)
      • Chair (2016-2018)
    • Advisory Board (2013-present)
      • Chair (2019-2020)
      • Vice Chair (2017-2018)
    • Hilltops Corps Advisory Council (2011-present)
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