Christopher H. McCormick

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Partner
Location:
West Hartford, Connecticut
Phone:
860-756-0387
866-895-5199
Fax:
860-232-3789
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Professional Biography of Christopher H. McCormick

Christopher McCormick was admitted to the Connecticut Bar on December 12, 1985 and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut on February 10, 1986. Chris is one of two partners of Steier & McCormick, LLC a four-attorney firm with offices in West Hartford and Avon Connecticut. Chris is an attorney in good standing in Connecticut and the current emphasis of his practice is bankruptcy, foreclosure defense and workouts and real estate law.

During the first ten years the primary focus of his law practice was the representation of lenders for residential foreclosures, workouts, REO sales and bankruptcy. Chris shifted the primary emphasis of his practice in 1997 to real estate law and the representation of debtors focusing on consumer and small business bankruptcy.
 
Chris authored a Chapter for the 2013 edition of a Book titled “Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Strategies” which provides practice pointers for bankruptcy attorneys as part of the Inside the Minds series of books by leading lawyers published by Aspatore Publishing. Chris has appeared on Fox News at 10 on Channel 61 providing commentary as a bankruptcy attorney on topics including the connection between sports gambling and personal bankruptcy and the abusive practices of some consumer credit counseling and debt management companies. In recognition of his experience and knowledge as a Connecticut foreclosure defense attorney, Chris was recently quoted in a New York Times article about foreclosure and solar panel companies. Read the article in its entirety here.

Chris received his undergraduate degree Cum Laude from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and his J.D. Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, Connecticut. While attending law school, Chris was a law clerk for the Division of Special Revenue for the State of Connecticut and drafted regulations for the lottery and other legalized gambling operations in the State of Connecticut. He also worked as a law clerk for the law firm of Keith & Aparo located in Hartford, Connecticut that specialized in real estate law.

In 1985, Chris joined the law firm of Gross, Hyde & Williams, P.C. in Hartford, Connecticut as an associate. During his tenure at this firm, Chris worked in a variety of areas of law including personal injury and construction litigation, real estate, corporate and employment law and estate planning.
 
In 1986, Chris joined the firm of Reiner & Reiner as an associate and his practice initially focused on real estate, personal injury and collection law. When the real estate market soured in the late 1980s the main emphasis of his practice shifted to residential foreclosures and he started the residential foreclosure department at that firm.

In 1990, Chris left Reiner & Reiner to join the firm to join the firm of Mayo, Gilligan & Zito, LLC and to continue with his practice in the areas of foreclosure and workouts, collections, real estate and creditor’s rights in bankruptcy. While at Mayo Gilligan & Zito Chris also started to receive fiduciary appointments from the West Hartford Probate Court.

In May 1995 Chris joined with his current partner, Mark S. Steier, to form the law firm of Steier, Weaver & McCormick, which became Steier & McCormick, LLC in January 2003. Over the next two years Chris changed his creditors’ rights foreclosure practice by choice to a practice focused on representing debtors in bankruptcy and foreclosure defense cases. Over the past eleven years Chris has developed a rewarding bankruptcy practice helping debtors achieve a fresh start from their financial problems. He also has been able to use his knowledge and experience as a former foreclosure attorney to be an effective advocate for his foreclosure defense clients. During this same period Chris has also built up a highly regarded residential real estate law practice.

Chris has been a past member of the American and Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Commercial Law League of America and the Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association. Chris is currently a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, The Bankruptcy Roundtable and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Chris is a member of the Hartford County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations. He is a member of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce and a Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers –CT, Inc., an organization devoted to impaired attorneys suffering from addiction, gambling and mental health problems.

Chris is listed on the Law Works for People- Pro Bono Honor Roll and the Pro Bono Panel of Attorneys for the West Hartford Probate Court. He has conducted seminars on several topics related to real estate, foreclosures and bankruptcy law.

Chris currently lives in West Hartford with his wife and his son. He is an active tennis player and swimmer and a member of the Hartford Tennis Club and Cornerstone Aquatic Center. Chris has volunteered as a coach for the West Hartford Youth Hockey Association and plays ice hockey in a men's league in West Hartford.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Bankruptcy
  • 40% Real Estate Law
  • 10% Foreclosure Defense and Workouts

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1986

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Duke University
    • B.A. cum laude - 1982

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Roundtable
  • Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers-CT, Inc., Director
  • West Hartford Chamber of Commerce

Past Employment Positions

  • Gross Hyde & Williams, Associate Attorney, 1985 - 1986
  • Reiner & Reiner, Associate Attorney, 1986 - 1990
  • Mayo, Gilligan & Zito, Associate Attorney, 1990 - 1995