Overview
Christopher Dean
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EMAIL cdean@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 216.430.2045 | 312.642.6613

Experience

Christopher is a business litigator with offices in Cleveland and Chicago. He represents individual and corporate clients in all manner of complex civil litigation around the country, with an emphasis on class action, data privacy, competition, and shareholder disputes. His class action experience involves claims brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and federal antitrust laws, among others. He also regularly provides business counsel on a wide range of matters, from competition issues such as exclusive supply agreements and price maintenance policies, to compliance with data protection laws. Christopher takes pride in his ability to present complicated issues clearly and simply, and has been praised for his practical approach and concise writing style.

Before joining McDonald Hopkins, Christopher practiced with a well-regarded, commercial-litigation firm in Chicago and a large, international firm in Washington, D.C., where he focused on antitrust, consumer protection, and white collar crime issues. Before law school, he spent nearly four years as a consultant and project manager with IBM in New York City. 

Christopher earned a J.D. with high honors from George Washington University School of Law, where he was managing editor of The Law Review; elected to all three of the school’s skills boards for trial advocacy, oral argument, and alternative dispute resolution; and had both of his articles selected for publication. He received a B.A., cum laude, from Denison University.

Representative Cases/Matters

Class Actions
  • Briefed, argued, and won dismissal of a 23-count class action lawsuit involving 12 federal antitrust claims and 11 consumer protection and tort claims under the laws of five different states on behalf of two technology companies
  • Briefed, argued, and won dismissal of a multi-count class action lawsuit against a hospital system following a data breach involving thousands of patients
  • Represented and resolved on favorable terms a class action lawsuit under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act on behalf a steel company
  • Defended class action lawsuit under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act on behalf a technology company
  • Defended and resolved on very favorable terms several class action lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • Defended a sizable hospital system in a class action antitrust lawsuit brought by nurses’ union
Data Privacy and Breach
  • Defended hospital system from statutory and tort claims following the unauthorized access of thousands of patients’ records by a hospital employee
  • Defended numerous plastic surgeons against claims by former patients related to the unauthorized disclosure of patient information on medical practice websites
  • Defended a drug habilitation facility against claims by a former patient following the alleged disclosure of protected health information by a nurse
  • Defended several behavioral health clinics against claims by patients for the alleged unauthorized disclosure of medical records by clinic staff
  • Defended physician and medical practice from threatened claims by former patients following wide-spread disclosure of patient information through an inadvertent e-mail transmission
  • Defended steel and technology companies from claims by employees related to the allegedly unlawful use of biometric information for timekeeping purposes
Partnership, Shareholder, and Business Disputes
  • Obtained a jury verdict for a property developer following a three-week trial in claims against a former partner and attorney
  • Tried earn-out and breach of representation and warranty claims by and against purchaser of a business on behalf of seller
  • Obtained a permanent injunction and attorneys’ fees on behalf of the minority member of a limited liability company in a dispute concerning the potential sale of membership interests
  • Won dismissal and the subsequent appeal of claims against the general partners of a partnership that owns and operates a large apartment complex in downtown Chicago
  • Negotiated the favorable resolution of potential derivate claims against a corporate board on behalf of a shareholder who opposed the sale of the business
  • Prosecuted claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty on behalf of a medical practice against former shareholder
  • Represented business founder in claims by and against co-founder and former investor
  • Defended title company from claims by discharged shareholder
  • Advised small-business owner in claims related to dissolution of company
  • Represented tech startup in dissociation of c-founder and investor
  • Defended and resolved on favorable terms claims against partnership and general partners by disgruntled limited partner
  • Advised internet marketing and sales company in connection with threatened claims by former independent contractor who demanded equity stake in business
Misc. Litigation
  • Won summary judgment and affirmance on appeal to the Sixth Circuit for an insurance company in a coverage dispute
  • Won a multi-million dollar equitable subordination claim against the insiders of a bankrupt scrap metal company on behalf of the trustee of the liquidating trust
  • Secured summary judgment on a personal injury claim for a natural gas company following a gas explosion in which a passerby was injured
  • Obtained summary judgment for a natural gas company in a lease dispute with a property owner
  • Defended parts distributor from contract and warranty claims in product defect and recall lawsuit brought by manufacturer following product explosion and wrongful death action
  • Represented DNA testing company in claims by and against large, web-based rival in trademark infringement claims
  • Prosecuted sanctions claims on behalf of large airline against international cargo shipper for violation of bankruptcy discharge injunction
  • Defended individual in high-profile RICO lawsuit involving bankruptcy consulting industry
  • Pursued collection action on behalf of private equity fund against founder and former executives of defunct borrower 
  • Defended former employees of bankrupt hospital system from insurance claims stemming from plaintiff’s attempt to collect a previously entered $28 million medical malpractice judgment
  • Resolved a multi-million dollar mechanic’s lien claim for the developer of one of Chicago’s newest and most high-profile mixed-use skyscrapers on extremely favorable terms 
  • Secured summary judgment for a national bank against a multimillion dollar employment claim 
  • Defended a large law firm and a named partner in a $300 million legal malpractice lawsuit
  • Defended international energy company in various tort claims stemming from the cleanup of a major offshore oil spill
  • Negotiated the settlement of lease disputes on behalf of a wide variety of clients, including a high-end restaurant franchise, a well-known discount retailer, and various property owners
  • Obtained dismissal of False Claims Act, fraud, and breach of contract claims on behalf of a corporation in connection with a sizeable state contract
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of a company in a consumer protection claim brought by Federal Trade Commission
Credentials

Admissions - Court

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Admissions - State

  • Illinois
  • Ohio

Education

  • Denison University
  • George Washington University School of Law

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion as an Ohio Rising Star (2016-2018)
  • Selected for inclusion as an Illinois Rising Star (2014)
  • Elected to Moot Court, Mock Trial & Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Boards in law school

Professional Membership

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Environmental and Energy Litigation Committee; co-chair of the Bankruptcy/Environmental Claims Subcommittee
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA)
    • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee

Public Service and Volunteerism

  • North Union Farmers Market (Board Member)
  • City Club of Cleveland
Insights

External Publications

  • “Illinois Civil Discovery Practice: Limitations on Discovery,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2009-2013) (co-author)
  • “Enforcing an Unsigned Contract for Services,” Smart Business Chicago (Nov. 21, 2013)
  • “Small Business and the Corporate Opportunity Doctrine,” Business Law Today, American Bar Association’s Business Law Section (2011) (co-author)
  • “Living the Life of Reilly’s: Recent U.S. Court of Federal Claims Decisions Highlight Need for Improved Regulatory Guidance in CICA Override Determinations,” Fed. Contracts Rpt., BNA, Inc. (Jan. 23, 2007)
  • Note, “Returning the Pig to Its Pen: A Pragmatic Approach to Regulating Minors’ Access to Violent Videogames,” 75 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 136 (2006)
  • Case Note, “The New Potomac Two Step: The D.C. Circuit’s Evasion of a Federal Common Law Reporter’s Privilege,” 74 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1701 (2006)
  • “A Fine Bourdeau: The Issue of Authority in ITC Decisions Involving Gray Market Goods,” XXII 337 Reporter (Summer 2006) (co-author)
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