Christopher Colorado's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation with particular focus on matters related to financial products, distressed companies, and debt. He also represents companies and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants in employment litigation matters, as well as law firms in the defense of malpractice and other claims. He has significant experience representing clients in both federal and state courts, including on appeal, as well as before regulatory bodies and in arbitration.
- Representation of U.S. Bank National Association in its capacity as indenture trustee of certain notes issued by Windstream Services, LLC in connection with litigation concerning an alleged default under the indenture. Mr. Colorado and the firm litigated the matter through trial, with the court ultimately ruling in favor of U.S. Bank on all points, and finding that Windstream had in fact breached the indenture.
- Representation of Caesars Entertainment Corporation in defense of federal and chancery court lawsuits brought by various creditor groups alleging that certain transactions violated the terms of bond issuances and the Trust Indenture Act.
Representation of Expedia in a suit brought against United Airlines related to a contract pursuant to which United provides Expedia access to critical rights and data. Mr. Colorado and the firm succeeded in obtaining continued access to the information and rights in dispute, and continue to litigate the matter.
- Representation of the trustees for noteholders, as well as the Litigation Trustee for the Tribune bankruptcy estates, in the multidistrict Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation in seeking to recover billions of dollars distributed to shareholders in Tribune's 2007 leveraged buyout.
- Participated in the procurement of a multimillion-dollar judgment on behalf of a former Morgan Stanley derivatives trader in an arbitration before FINRA in connection with claims for improper termination.
- Participated in the successful defense of a global alternative asset management firm against alter-ego claims for breach of contract brought against our clients by an international commercial and consumer products conglomerate in New York state court. Dismissal of the claims was affirmed by the Appellate Division, First Department.
- Representation of BGC Capital Partners in defense of claims by IBM alleging breach of contract and copyright infringement related to database management system software.
Prior to joining Friedman Kaplan, Mr. Colorado practiced at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
Outside the Office
Mr. Colorado is a Trustee of the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Council, and is a member of the Inn of Court, the Bankruptcy Litigation Committee, the Second Circuits Committee, and the Awards Committee, and served as chair of the Council's First Decade Committee, which is dedicated to attorneys in their first ten years of practice, from 2013 to 2016. He is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Mr. Colorado is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches legal research and writing.
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (2006)
Florida State University, B.S., cum laude (2002)
State of New York
U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
The Honorable Nina Gershon, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Honors and Awards
New York Rising Stars List, 2012-present
Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Service, 2008 and 2012
Joseph McLaughlin Prize, Fordham University School of Law
Order of the Coif, Fordham University School of Law
Dean’s Scholarship, Fordham University School of Law
Association of the Bar of the City of New York Minority Fellowship Award
Law Review and Publications
Editor, Notes and Articles, Fordham Law Review
Where Due Process Meets Equal Protection: Tying the Braid of Second-Parent Adoption, 74 Fordham L. Rev. 1425 (2005).