Chris helps U.S. and international clients manage risk and solve their most challenging litigation issues. He advises and defends automotive, retail, consumer product and healthcare industry clients in high-exposure cases alleging product defects and recalls, consumer fraud and misrepresentation, and other mass torts and class actions. With more than 15 years of experience, Chris works with clients to understand their business and legal objectives and defend their interests in federal and state courts nationwide.
Chris defends companies in mass tort and class action claims and associated regulatory investigations by state and federal agencies. He also represents corporate clients in prosecuting and defending commercial claims. He has served as national coordinating counsel for product manufacturers, defending pattern litigation and helping clients implement processes and protocols to reduce litigation risk. Chris has extensive experience in cases involving chemical and environmental exposures, electrical and mechanical products, fires and explosions, wrongful death and catastrophic injuries, and high-exposure property damage. He also counsels on workers’ compensation law and alcoholic beverage regulatory control.
Chris is an advocate for pro bono services, primarily representing victims of domestic violence who seek protective orders against their abusers. He co-chairs McGuireWoods’ Richmond office Pro Bono Committee, and leads the protective order program for the Triage Project, a partnership among the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society (CVLAS), McGuireWoods and others. Chris sits on the board of directors of CVLAS and the Legal Aid Justice Center, and he is a former chair of the Richmond Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee.
Chris earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he received the Robert K. Bellamy Scholarship and served on the board of the William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition.
Defense of international automobile companies in coordinated state court litigation alleging consumer fraud claims.
Defense of retailer in federal multidistrict litigation alleging consumer fraud and mislabeling claims and in related state attorneys general investigations.
Defense of component manufacturer in scalding case involving severe injuries to minor child. Won summary judgment.
Defense of component manufacturer in gas explosion involving multiple fatalities at a chemical manufacturing company. Obtained voluntary dismissal of all claims.
Defense of healthcare provider in medical malpractice wrongful-death case. Won jury verdict on all counts.
Member, Board of Directors, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society and Legal Aid Justice Center
Former Board Member, First Things First of Greater Richmond (now Relationship Foundation of Virginia)
Former Chair, Pro Bono Committee, Richmond Bar Association
Deacon, Third Church