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Christopher W. Frost

university of kentucky college of law professor chris frost

Thomas P. Lewis Professor of Law

148B Law Building

cfros1@uky.edu

(859) 257-8336

Department

Christopher W. Frost joined the College of Law faculty in 1998. He received a B.B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1983 and graduated from the College of Law in 1986, where he served as Articles Editor for the Kentucky Law Journal and was elected to Order of the Coif.

Following law school Professor Frost practiced bankruptcy and commercial law with the firm of Sidley & Austin in Chicago. He was on the faculty of the Saint Louis University School of Law from 1990 until 1998, and has been a visiting professor at the University Of Illinois College of Law and at the UK College of Law.

Frost teaches contracts, bankruptcy, secured transactions, and payment systems at UK and his research focuses on corporate bankruptcy law. He is the author of Corporate Governance in Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Collier Monograph 2011). He also has served as a contributing editor of the Bankruptcy Law Letter in which he authored over 50 articles on all aspects of bankruptcy law. His articles on corporate reorganizations have been published in journals including the Hastings Law Journal, the North Carolina Law Review, the Arizona Law Review, the Tulane Law Review the Journal of Corporation Law, and the American Bankruptcy Law Journal.

Professor Frost is the chair of the Kentucky Equal Justice Center, and he recently served on the Avoiding Powers Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to Reform Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. 

Education

  • B.B.A. (Finance) with High Distinction, University of Kentucky (1983)
  • J.D. with High Distinction, University of Kentucky College of Law (1986)

Specialties:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Reorganizations

Books & Book Chapters

  • Christopher W. Frost, Corporate Governance in Insolvency and Bankruptcy (LexisNexis 2011).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Healthcare Receivable Financing and Bankruptcy, in Kentucky Health Law (3d ed. UK/CLE 2000).

Scholarly Articles

Scholarship is available for download at Christopher W. Frost's SelectedWorks page.

  • Christopher W. Frost, Bankruptcy Appeals: Structured Dismissals: Smooth Off-Ramp or Artful Dodge?, 35 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 10 (Oct. 2015).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Harris v. Viegelahn: Basic House-Keeping in Consumer Bankruptcy, 35 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 7 (July 2015).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Bankruptcy Appeals: Flexible Finality, Interlocutory Appeals, and Circuit Splits, 35 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 3 (Mar. 2015).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Executory Contracts and the Rejection of Trademark Licensing Agreements, 34 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 10 (Oct. 2014).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Section 105(a), Inherent Powers, and Surcharging Exempt Property: Law v. Siegel, 34 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 4 (Apr. 2014).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Postpetition Payments and the New Value Defense to Preference Liability, 34 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 3 (Mar. 2014).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Bankruptcy Voting and the Designation Power, 87 Am. Bankr. L.J. 155 (2013).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Quasi-Judicial and Historical Immunity of the Bankruptcy Trustee: In re McKenzie, 33 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 11 (Nov. 2013).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Pass-Through Tax Status as Property of the Estate, 33 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 10 (Oct. 2013).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Defalcation and States of Mind: Bullock v. Bank Champaign, N.A., 33 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 7 (July 2013).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Zombie Titles and Bankruptcy: In re Canning, 33 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 6 (June 2013).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Bankruptcy-Specific Exemptions: Authority, Uniformity, Preemption and Politics, 33 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 3 (Mar. 2013).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Another Look at Arbitration in Bankruptcy, 33 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 1 (Jan. 2013).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Nagging Problems under BAPCPA post Lanning and Ransom, 32 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 11 (Nov. 2012).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Inter-Corporate Obligations, Reasonably Equivalent Value, and Beneficiary Liability: In re TOUSA, Inc., 32 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 9 (Sept. 2012).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Plain Language, Taxes, and Farmers: U.S. v. Hall, 32 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 8 (Aug. 2012).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Fee-Only Plans, Good Faith, and Access to Bankruptcy Relief: In re Puffer, 32 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 8 (Aug. 2012).
  • Christopher W. Frost, The Continuing Difficulty with Administrative Claim Accrual: In re Resource Technology Corp., 32 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 5 (May 2012).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Single-Asset Real Estate--Corporate Structure Does Matter, 32 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 3 (Mar. 2012).
  • Christopher W. Frost, LLC Members and Managers as Insiders--Is Actual Control Really Necessary?, 32 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 3 (Mar. 2012).
  • Christopher W. Frost, The Preclusive Effect of a Confirmed Plan of Reorganization: In re Montgomery Ward, L.L.C., 32 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 1 (Jan. 2012).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Appealing an Order for Relief: In re C.W. Mining, 31 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 11 (Nov. 2011).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Update: When the DBSD Reorganization Plan Lost, Almost Everyone Won, 31 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 10 (Oct. 2011).
  • Christopher W. Frost, The Continued Expansion of Section 546(e): Has the Safe Harbor Swallowed the Rule?, 31 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 10 (Oct. 2011).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Noncreditor “Party in Interest” Standing in the Bankruptcy Courts, 31 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 7 (July 2011).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Chapter 11 Acquisition Strategies: Good Faith, Bad Faith, and the Motivations of Claim Buyers, 31 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 5 (May 2011).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Inching Toward Workability: The Supreme Court Adds to Its BAPCPA Jurisprudence, 31 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 3 (Mar. 2011).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Initial Transferee or Mere Conduit: The Seventh Circuit Takes a Stab at a Slippery Concept, 31 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 2 (Feb. 2011).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Applying Judicial Estoppel to Protect the Interests of Creditors, 30 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 10 (Oct. 2010).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Administrative Expense Claim Accrual in the Sixth Circuit, 30 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 10 (Oct. 2010).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Settlements, Sales, and the Unsettled Ownership of Bankruptcy Litigation, 30 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 9 (Sept. 2010).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Seller Beware: The Unauthorized Use of Cash Collateral, Innocent Vendors, and Proceeds Post Bankruptcy, 30 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 7 (July 2010).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Is Just a Little Bit Harder: Milavetz Gallop and Milavetz, P.A. v. U.S., 30 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 5 (May 2010).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Break-Up Fees in Bankruptcy and the Problem of Retrospective Approval: In re Reliant Energy Channelview, 30 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 3 (Mar. 2010).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Reasonably Equivalent Value in Divorce Proceedings: How Far Does BFP Extend?, 30 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 1 (Jan. 2010).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Section 506(b) and Nonbankruptcy Law: A Curious Departure from Bankruptcy First Principles, 29 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 11 (Nov. 2009).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Fiduciary Duty Claims in Bankruptcy and a Look Back at Delaware Law: Torch Liquidating Trust v. Stockstill, 29 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 10 (Oct. 2009).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Appellate and Derivative Standing: Two Cases from the Sixth Circuit, 29 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 7 (July 2009).
  • Christopher W. Frost, In re National Gas Distributors: Financial Contracts and the Bankruptcy Code, 29 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 5 (May 2009).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Negative Equity and the Hanging Paragraph: What is a Purchase-Money Security Interest and What Law Should Apply?, 29 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 3 (Mar. 2009).
  • Christopher W. Frost, First Amendment Challenges to the Debt Relief Agency Provisions of BAPCPA, 29 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 2 (Feb. 2009).
  • Christopher W. Frost, The Rooker-Feldman Doctrine, the Discharge Injunction, and the Automatic Stay: In re Hamilton, 28 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 12 (Dec. 2008).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Beneficiary Liability Under Section 550: In re Meredith, 28 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 11 (Nov. 2008).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Settling the Great Stamp Tax Controversy of 2008: Florida Dept. of Revenue v. Piccadilly Cafeterias, Inc., 28 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 9 (Sept. 2008).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Plain Meaning and Unintended Results Under BAPCPA: In re Kagenveama, 28 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 8 (Aug. 2008).
  • Christopher W. Frost, One Cause of Action or Two? Third-Party Lawsuits and Property of the Estate, 28 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 6 (June 2008).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Settlement Payments and the Safe Harbor of Section 546(e), 28 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 5 (May 2008).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Earmarking Payments--Refinancing or Payments on Antecedent Debt, 28 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 4 (Apr. 2008).
  • Rutheford B Campbell, Jr. & Christopher Frost, Managers’ Fiduciary Duties in Financially Distressed Corporations: Chaos in Delaware (and Elsewhere), 32 J. Corp. L. 491 (2007).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Temporary Third-Party Injunctions in Bankruptcy: Testing the Limits of Section 105, 27 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 11 (Nov. 2007).
  • Christopher W. Frost, BAPCPA Hits the Courts of Appeal: Direct Appeals, Hanging Paragraphs, and Bad Faith, 27 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 10 (Oct. 2007).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Executory Contracts, Rejection and Specific Performance: The First Circuit Provides Some Clarity, 27 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 7 (July 2007).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Settlements, Absolute Priority, and Another Look at Inter-Class Give-Ups, 27 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 6 (June 2007).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Marrama v. Citizens Bank of Massachusetts: Strict Construction Versus Inherent Authority, 27 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 4 (Apr. 2007).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Subordination of Securities Claims in Bankruptcy: What is the Scope of Section 510(b)?, 27 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 2 (Feb. 2007).
  • Christopher W. Frost, A Rare Glimpse at Priority Issues in a Solvent Estate: In re Dow Corning, 26 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 12 (Dec. 2006).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Discounting Claims and Disallowing Interest: In re Oakwood Homes, 26 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 10 (Oct. 2006).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Workers' Compensation, Non-Code Definitions, and the Limits of Textualism: Howard Delivery Service, Inc. v. Zurich, 26 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 8 (Aug. 2006).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Reclassifying Secured Claims After Surrender or Repossession of Collateral: The Debate Continues, 26 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 6 (June 2006).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Nondischargeability Based on Fraud: What Constitutes a “Statement Respecting the Debtor's Financial Condition?”, 26 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 4 (Apr. 2006).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Creditor Control over Litigation in Chapter 11: Derivative Standing, Intervention and Settlements, 26 Bankr. Law Letter, No. 2 (Feb. 2006).
  • Robert G. Lawson et al., Tribute, A Quarter Century, Not a Raised Voice, 92 Ky. L. J. 595 (2003-2004).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Financing Public Health through Nonprofit Conversion Foundations, 90 Ky. L.J. 935 (2001-2002).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Reconsidering the Reliance Interest, 44 St. Louis U. L.J. 1361 (2000).
  • Christopher W. Frost, The Theory, Reality, and Pragmatism of Corporate Governance in Bankruptcy Reorganizations, 72 Am. Bankr. L.J. 103 (1998).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Asset Securitization and Corporate Risk Allocation, 72 Tul. L. Rev. 101 (1997).
  • Christopher Frost, Bankruptcy Redistributive Policies and the Limits of the Judicial Process, 74 N.C. L. Rev. 75 (1995).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Organizational Form, Misappropriation Risk, and the Substantive Consolidation of Corporate Groups, 44 Hastings L.J. 449 (1993).
  • Christopher W. Frost, Running the Asylum: Governance Problems in Bankruptcy Reorganizations, 34 Ariz. L. Rev. 89 (1992).
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — Recognized for his contribution to the insolvency field and service to the profession and his community, Christopher Frost, University of Kentucky Thomas P. Lewis Professor of Law, was recently inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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Professor Christopher Frost

College of Law Professor Christopher W. Frost was awarded the 2014 Editors’ Prize by the American Bankruptcy Law Journal.

His article, entitled "Bankruptcy Voting, Bad Faith and Claim Designation," discusses the law surrounding creditor voting in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. It focuses particularly on the circumstances that lead judges to disqualify the votes of creditors based on creditor bad faith or other misuse of the voting power.

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