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Christopher Lovrien (Chris)

Partner-in-Charge California Region


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  • Harvard University (J.D. 1998); University of St. Thomas (B.A. summa cum laude 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • California, Virginia, and District of Columbia


  • Law Clerk to Judge Jerome Turner, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee (1998-1999)

Government Service

  • Honors Internship Program, Office of General Counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation (1996)

Christopher Lovrien represents companies in high-stakes commercial disputes, contested bankruptcy matters, and the defense of consumer class actions. As a trial lawyer he has litigated cases in courts throughout the U.S. and has substantial experience in arbitration and mediation. Clients also rely on Chris to defend them, and their officers and directors, in internal and SEC investigations. He is the Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's California Region, which encompasses five offices and nearly 300 lawyers.

Among other matters, Chris prevailed as trial counsel for American Apparel in its contested chapter 11 confirmation hearing, defeated federal securities claims at the trial court and on appeal arising out of the sale of a well-known restaurant chain, successfully defended a major oil and gas company against claims by a municipality for lost tax damages and other alleged harms in a case arising from a refinery fire, and obtained summary judgment in a $500 million real estate partnership dispute.

Chris has litigated dozens of putative class actions and opt-out cases involving federal and state antitrust and unfair competition laws (including California Bus. & Prof. Code section 17200). He also has extensive experience defending companies against claims under the Anti-terrorism Act and Alien Tort Statute. Chris's matters have involved notable companies in the apparel, consumer products, e-commerce, energy, investment, pharmaceutical, and technology industries.

Chris serves on the Board of Overseers for the RAND Institute for Civil Justice and as the chairman for the Children's Bureau Board of Trustees.

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