Overview
Christopher Dean
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Experience

Christopher represents individual and corporate clients in complex civil litigation around the country.  His practice involves pre-trial, trial, and appellate work in all manner of commercial disputes, from contract and fiduciary issues, to employment and intellectual property matters, with a particular emphasis on antitrust, bankruptcy and class action litigation.  His experience spans a wide variety of industries, including finance, banking, insurance, technology, healthcare, manufacturing, energy and more.  Christopher takes pride in his ability to present complicated issues clearly and simply, and has been praised for his concise writing style.  He is active in the firm’s professional development program for younger attorneys as well as in the community, through bar associations, non-profits, and civic organizations.

Before joining McDonald Hopkins, Christopher practiced for more than five years with a high-end, commercial-litigation boutique law firm in Chicago, Illinois, and two years at a large, international firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., where he focused on antitrust, consumer protection, and white collar crime issues. Prior to law school, he spent nearly four years as a consultant and project manager for 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 in The Law Review. He received a B.A., cum laude, from Denison University.

Representative Cases/Matters

  • Briefed, argued, and won dismissal of a data breach class action lawsuit asserting claims for negligence, breach of contract and violation of Michigan’s Identity Theft Protection Act on behalf of a large hospital system 
  • 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
  • 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 summary judgment and affirmance on appeal to the Sixth Circuit for an insurance company in a coverage dispute
  • Secured summary judgment on a personal injury claim for a natural gas company following a gas explosion in which a passerby was injured
  • 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
  • Obtained summary judgment for a natural gas company in a lease dispute with a property owner
  • 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
  • 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
  • Obtained a jury verdict for a property developer following a three-week-long trial in claims against a former partner and attorney
  • Secured summary judgment for a national bank against a multimillion dollar employment claim
  • 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
  • Defended a large law firm in a $300 million legal malpractice case
  • Defended international energy company in various tort claims stemming from the cleanup of a major offshore oil spill
  • 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
  • Defended a sizeable hospital system in a class action antitrust suit brought by a nurses’ union

 

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, 2017, 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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