Chris has spent his career making the complex seem simple. In intellectual property disputes, breach of contract cases, and varying types of complex civil litigation, Chris is skilled at mastering specialized information and presenting it in simple, effective language that persuades judges and juries. Whether as part of a successful motion for summary judgment, defending a win on appeal, or presenting evidence at a mediation, Chris uses this skill to achieve remarkable outcomes for his clients.
For example, barely a year out of law school, Chris successfully defended a groundbreaking class certification decision on appeal. Chris was able to persuade an appellate court that the proposed class had commonality notwithstanding differences between class members’ medical diagnoses and treatment histories. And in a patent case involving a complex medical device, Chris and Charlie Hoffmann helped convince a judge that the scientific techniques used by the other side’s primary expert amounted to unreliable junk science; the expert was excluded under Daubert and the judge awarded summary judgment for their client, as well as attorney and expert fees.
Working on intellectual property cases over the past several years, Chris has developed experience in fields ranging from polymer science, to virology, to the intricacies of the Copyright Act, and has used that expertise again and again to develop compelling narratives that illustrate the strengths of his clients’ cases. In addition to his work on patent cases, Chris has represented media companies in copyright infringement disputes, a television production company in a breach of contract action, a pharmaceutical company in product liability cases, and a law firm in a suit by a former client seeking more than $400 million in damages. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 Chris was selected as a Rising Star in intellectual property litigation by Super Lawyers.
Chris has spent considerable time on public service, and was awarded the New York State Bar Association’s President’s Pro Bono Service Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of one attorney from each judicial district in New York state. Since clerking for the Honorable Peter K. Leisure, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, Chris has represented clients in impact litigation matters, in amicus briefs to appellate courts, and in individual administrative hearings. He also was invited to teach a graduate seminar class on “Art Law for New Artists,” which exposed students to their legal rights and responsibilities as emerging artists.
In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughters, and supporting his hometown Minnesota Vikings.
Columbia Law School, J.D., 2007
Columbia Journal of European Law, Head Articles Editor
McGill University, 2004
Hon. Peter K. Leisure, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2009–2010
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Secretary, New York County Lawyer’s Association Committee on Pro Bono; Member, American Bar Association, Section on Intellectual Property Law.