Christopher K. Werner
Mr. Werner concentrates his practice on bankruptcy and restructuring, collections, real estate, estates and general litigation.
Practice Areas


J.D., George Washington University, with honors (1975)
B.A., State University of New York at Albany, magna cum laude (1972)


Mr. Werner is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association (Monroe County Bar Association – Board of Trustees 2008– 2011;  Chairman of Bankruptcy, Public Education, Ethics and Professional Performance Committees), the New York State Bar Association, and the Commercial Law League of America.

Honors & Achievements

Mr. Werner was the recipient of the William E. McKnight – Volunteer Service Award (1990), and has achieved the high professional rating (AV) from Martindale Hubbell.  He is often asked to lecture on a variety of creditors’ rights and real estate issues, including:

National Business Institute

Collection of Delinquent Debts in New York (1995)
Successful Judgment Collection in New York (2001)
Impact of Bankruptcy on Matrimonial Cases (2002) (2004)
Debt Collection From Start to Finish in New York (2003)
Overcoming Foreclosure Obstacles – Title Problems, Bankruptcy & Procedures (2006)
Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law – The Basics (2008)
Real Property Foreclosure – A Step By Step Workshop (2009)

New York State Bar Association

Collection & Enforcement of Money Judgments (1995)

Lorman Education Services

New York Collection Law (1996) (2001)

National Association of Credit Management Creditor’s Rights Seminar

Priming the Collection File/Guarantees (2001)
Limits on Collection Practices (2001)
Legal Process for Collection Managers (2001)

Monroe County Bar Association

Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices (1998)
How to Promote Professional Performance Complaints (2001)
In’s and Out’s of Bankruptcy Exemptions in New York (2001)
Professional Performance Complaints (2002)
Bankruptcy Issues in Matrimonial Cases (2002)
What a Matrimonial Practitioner Must Know About Bankruptcy:
Perspectives from Both Courts (March, 2005)
Amendments ot the Bankruptcy Code (December. 2005)
High School Guest Speaker – Bankruptcy, Credit, Constitutional Law and
Court Tour Guide (1980–Present)
Joint Erie/Monroe County Bankruptcy Seminar:
Speaker 2004 – Moderator 2006 – Ethics Panel Chair 2009
Basics of Bankruptcy Under the 2005 Amendments (2005 – 2006):
Discharge of Debts;
Means Testing;
Cleaning up after BARF – Housekeeping Calendar
Bankruptcy –“What’s Ethics Got To Do With It?” (2007)
How Not To Let Bankruptcy Hold Up Your Next Real Estate Closing (2007)
2nd Anniversary BAPCPA – The Terrible Two’s – Miscues, Misfires & Mishaps (2007)
Bankruptcy & Real Estate – Tax Trips & Traps – Moderator (2008)
Bankruptcy Exemptions – Retirement Accounts and Their Relatives (2008)
Roundtable – Creditor Workouts and Settlements (2009)

Institute of Continuing Professional Education/University of Buffalo

Tax Issues in Bankruptcy (2002)

New York State Judicial Institute 2007

Bankruptcy Impact on Matrimonial Cases

Speaking & Writing Engagements

Boylan Code May Newsletter, Bankruptcy Missteps and Misconceptions


Epilepsy Association of Greater Rochester (President and Member Board of Directors, 1987 – 1992);  Brighton Recreational Soccer (Youth Soccer Coach / Member Board of Directors, 1987 – 1995);  Brighton Stormers Soccer Club – Youth Travel Soccer (Coach/ President/Vice President/Director, 1995 – 2005); Town of Brighton Parks and Recreation (Member, Citizen’s Advisory Board, 1996 – 2004); Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency (Member, Northern Area Sub-council); Volunteer Legal Services Project (Debt Clinic Lecturer / Volunteer Attorney); Lawyers for Learning (Attorney Student Mentor); Brighton High School  ( Semi-annual Speaker / Court Guide); Town of Brighton – Member of Brighton Town Board (2012– present, Chairman of Finance Committee).

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