Chris's experience includes a diverse range of mass tort, class action, and other complex commercial matters, where he serves as lead strategic, coordinating, and trial counsel for clients in the life sciences, food and beverage, automotive, insurance, and other sectors.

Recent Experience

  • Coordinating and strategic counsel for global life sciences and agricultural company in mass tort litigation involving contraceptive medical device, as well as lead counsel on global regulatory, communications, and litigation matters involving the device.
  • National counsel for global life sciences company on environmental and toxic tort exposure litigation throughout the United States.
  • National trial counsel for global tire manufacturer for product liability matters throughout the United States.
  • Lead counsel on a variety of class action matters involving global life sciences, automotive, and insurance companies.
  • Counsel to global medical device manufacturer on regulatory, communications, and compliance issues.
  • Counsel to global food and beverage company on product labeling, discovery, and other litigation matters.
  • Counsel to global bank in civil litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York involving allegations under the Alien Tort Statute related to terrorism attacks in Israel, including the development of expert motion and trial strategies.
  • Counsel to global life sciences company in mass tort and class action litigation in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe involving smoking cessation medication, including the development scientific and expert motion and trial strategies.
  • Counsel to global life sciences companies in mass tort and class action litigation involving hormone replacement therapy medications, including the development of scientific and expert motion and trial strategies.

Recent Trial Experience

  • Trial counsel representing global tire manufacturer in product liability jury trial involving cement mixer accident, Benedict v. Hankook Tire Co., Ltd., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (2018).
  • Lead trial counsel representing global tire manufacturer in product liability jury trial involving fatal church bus accident, Boyer v. Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., General Court of Justice, Superior Court Division, State of North Carolina, County of Iredell (2018).
  • Trial counsel representing global tire manufacturer in product liability jury trial involving fatal cement mixer accident, Cone v. Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee (2017).
  • Trial counsel representing global insurance broker in three-month civil jury trial involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, theft of trade secrets, and other allegations, Baldwin v. Aon Risk Services Companies, Inc., Superior Court of the State of California, County of Fresno (2017).
  • Lead trial counsel representing global tire manufacturer in product liability jury trial involving fatal dump truck accident, Philpot v. Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., Circuit Court of Conway County, Arkansas, Civil Division (2016).
  • Lead trial counsel representing global life sciences company in alleged environmental and toxic exposure jury trial, Ricci v. Aluminum Company of America, Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York (2015).
  • Lead trial counsel representing the NAACP and other plaintiffs in housing discrimination lawsuit, Fair Housing in Huntington Committee v. Town of Huntington, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2014).

Other Experience/Decisions

  • Viramontes v. Pfizer, Inc., No. 2:15-cv-01754, (E.D. Cal. Jul. 9, 2018), granting summary judgment and dismissing product liability claim against global life sciences company.
  • Ralph Brown V. Michelin North America, Inc., 2015 WL 4757750, *1 (E.D. Okla. Aug. 11, 2015) granting summary judgment to Michelin and Hankook Tire in product liability suit on causation grounds.
  • Langston v. Pangborn Corp., 2014 WL 347718, *1 (S.D. Miss. Jan. 31, 2014), granting summary judgment in alleged silica exposure toxic tort case on statute of limitations grounds.
  • In re Prempro Products Liability Litigation, 738 F. Supp. 2d 887 (E.D. Ark. 2010), excluding plaintiffs' experts' opinion that estrogen-only hormone therapy causes breast cancer.
  • Viramontes v. Pfizer, Inc., 2008 WL 2477443,*1 (Cal. Ct. App. June 20, 2008), affirming summary judgment in pharmaceutical product liability claim based on inadequacy of plaintiff's expert evidence.
  • In re: Bextra and Celebrex Marketing Sales Practices and Prod. Liab. Litig., 524 F.Supp. 2d 1166, 2007 WL 4170276, *1 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 19, 2007), excluding as unreliable any expert opinions that pain medication causes heart attacks and strokes at most commonly prescribed dose.
  • Zaremba v. Gen. Motors Corp., 360 F.3d 355 (2d Cir. 2004), affirming summary judgment and excluding expert testimony under Daubert in a catastrophic, multi-plaintiff rollover crash.