Chris is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Group. Prior to joining the Firm, he was an associate with a prominent international law firm having its original and largest office in Chicago. Chris represents clients in complex commercial disputes before federal and state courts, administrative bodies, and in arbitration proceedings. His subject-matter experience is broad, including:
- Breach-of-contract and franchise litigation;
- Insurance coverage disputes;
- State-law fraud and negligence claims, including third-party contribution actions arising out of the rendering of professional services;
- Employment litigation;
- Class action lawsuits under federal anti-discrimination law;
- Banking and securities litigation;
- Actions to protect intellectual property rights, including prosecuting actions alleging theft of trade secrets and trademark and copyright infringement; and
- Patent litigation, including invalidity proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board as well as infringement lawsuits in district courts.
Chris has extensive experience in all aspects of discovery and motions practice, including:
- Negotiating e-discovery parameters with opposing counsel;
- Implementing client document retention and collection protocols;
- Drafting and responding to written discovery requests;
- Litigating privilege claims;
- Taking and preparing witnesses for depositions;
- Researching and drafting dispositive motions;
- Assisting with expert reports; and
- Oral arguments.
In addition to representing clients in litigation, Chris also has significant experience in counseling clients strategically to avoid the need for litigation. Some of his counseling has involved navigating and explaining complex regulatory requirements, performing contract analysis in advance of anticipated business disputes, evaluating litigation risk and potential outcomes as part of the diligence process for corporate acquisitions, and measuring the litigation exposure of proposed business decisions.
Chris also maintains a robust pro bono practice, having first-chaired an Immigration Court trial and secured asylum for the detained asylee.
While serving as Executive Articles Editor for the Chicago Journal of International Law, Chris published a Comment exploring theoretical and empirical concerns with the jurisprudence of international criminal tribunals. Prior to law school, Chris learned valuable life and academic lessons while working in restaurants, serving as a teaching assistant, and translating French philosophy.
- Represented medical device manufacturer in ongoing lawsuit against online distributor of devices for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, false advertising, breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, and fraudulent business practices.
- Represented medical device manufacturer in invalidity proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board under the America Invents Act, which resulted in either denial of institution or later patentability findings on all challenged claims.
- Represented global health, nutrition, and materials company in district court patent infringement litigation against pharmaceutical company, which resulted in unanimous jury verdict of infringement.
- Represented international food and beverage company in false advertising litigation against competitor, which resulted in favorable 8-figure settlement for company.
- Represented software company in ongoing district court litigation against joint developer for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract.
- Represented minority shareholder of community bank holding company in ongoing lawsuit against company and its board of directors for breach of fiduciary duty arising out of freeze-out merger.
- Represented financial services firm in ongoing third-party contribution action for negligence in rendering investment advice.
- Represented class of African-American pipefitters in ongoing litigation against their union for violation of federal civil rights laws.
- Represented class of terminated Chicago Public School teachers in ongoing lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education for violation of federal civil rights laws.
- Represented software company in arbitration against insurer for breaching its duty to defend company in underlying lawsuit.
- Represented motor vehicle manufacturer in ongoing dealer protests before the Illinois Motor Vehicle Board.
- Represented international casino conglomerate in lawsuit brought by former executive alleging wrongful termination for reporting violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Professional & Community Activities
- Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Harry D. Leinenweber, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2017)
- Public Interest Law Initiative Graduate Fellow, University of Chicago's Mandel Legal Aid Clinic (2015)
- Executive Articles Editor, The Chicago Journal of International Law (2013-2014)
- Legal Extern, National Labor Relations Board (Summer 2013)
- Staff Member, The Chicago Journal of International Law (2013-2014)
- Phi Kappa Phi
- George Washington Scholar, Washington & Lee University (2007-2008)
Articles & Publications
- Aid "Specifically Directed" to Facilitate War Crimes: The ICTY's Anomalous Actus Reus Standard for Aiding and Abetting2014 - Vol. 15: No. 1, Article 12 – Author, Chicago Journal of International Law
- December 18, 2017 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release