ChristopherLovrien (Chris)


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Christopher Lovrien is a trial lawyer who represents companies in high-stakes commercial disputes in federal and state courts across the United States. Among other honors, he has been repeatedly named one of the "Top 100" lawyers in California by The Daily Journal and recognized as a "Trailblazer" by The National Law Journal. Chris also serves as Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day in Australia.

Chris currently is defending a major retailer in hundreds of cases brought by states and municipalities alleging that the distribution and sale of prescription opioids constitutes a public nuisance. In other recent matters, he successfully defended a major energy company facing claims under the Alien Tort Statute and Anti-Terrorism Act, and he obtained dismissal on First Amendment grounds of a case against a well-known news and media company.

Chris previously was lead trial counsel for American Apparel in its contested chapter 11 confirmation, defeated securities claims at the trial court and on appeal arising out of the sale of a well-known restaurant chain, and successfully defended a major oil and gas company in a case arising from a refinery fire.

In addition to his litigation matters, Chris has extensive experience representing companies and their boards on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics, including in disputes with ESG raters and rankers.

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


  • Chevron defeats ATA and ATS claims brought by 298 plaintiffs relating to terrorist attacks in IsraelChevron Corporation, represented by Jones Day, defeated claims under the Anti-Terrorism Act ("ATA") and Alien Tort Statute ("ATS") brought by 298 plaintiffs who sought to hold Chevron responsible for injuries sustained in terrorist attacks in Israel between November 2000 and April 2002.
  • Fox defeats first amendment lawsuit relating to COVID-19 news coverageJones Day successfully defended Fox Corporation and Fox News in a First Amendment lawsuit filed in state court in Seattle, Washington in April 2020.
  • Former managers and executive officers of Quiznos restaurant brand obtain dismissal of federal and state securities fraud actionsJones Day defended former owners, members of the Board of Managers, and executive officers of the Quiznos restaurant brand against claims brought by subsequent purchasers and operators of the company who alleged that defendants’ misstatements induced the plaintiffs to enter into a 2012 restructuring transaction.
  • Chevron defends against lawsuit relating to accidental fire at California refineryJones Day represented Chevron Corporation and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. in defense of a lawsuit filed by the City of Richmond relating to an accidental fire that occurred at CUSA's Richmond (California) refinery in August 2012.
  • MF Global Litigation Trust pursues claims against Jon Corzine and other former officersAs part of MF Global Holdings' confirmed plan of reorganization, Jones Day is representing the Litigation Trustee as plaintiff pursuing claims on behalf of creditors brought against Jon Corzine and other former officers for damages resulting from MF Global's demise.
  • Leading restaurant chain obtains dismissal in unlawful interference with contract actionJones Day successfully represented a leading casual restaurant chain and defeated claims of unlawful interference with a contract related to the operations of its Mexican franchisee.
  • Abercrombie defeats putative class action under California's UCL and CLRAJones Day defended Abercrombie & Fitch in a case alleging that Abercrombie's gift card redemption policies violated California's Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
  • Hollister defeats class certification in gift card caseJones Day represented Hollister Co., in a putative class action filed under California's Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
  • Manufacturer of medical equipment obtains dismissal of False Claims Act qui tam action related to patent applicationsA manufacturer of medical equipment represented by Jones Day obtained dismissal of a False Claims Act qui tam action in which the relator alleged that the manufacturer lied on the patent applications for one of its medical products, making the patents invalid and unenforceable.
  • Chevron defeats class action over oil-change feesJones Day defended Chevron U.S.A. Inc. in a putative nationwide class action involving oil-change stations.
  • Childrens Hospital of L.A. wins $2M in overcharges on computer systems outsourcing contractJones Day successfully represented Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) in an AAA-administered arbitration involving a complex contract dispute between the hospital and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).
  • Chevron defeats state court action alleging fraud and violations of California's UCL concerning gas station franchise agreementsJones Day was retained by Chevron U.S.A., Inc. to defend the company after the plaintiff sued in state court alleging fraud and violations of California's UCL relating to certain gas station franchise agreements
  • Leading retailer prevails in commercial lease disputeJones Day achieved a complete victory for its client, a leading retail department store, in a JAMS arbitration concerning the effectiveness of the store’s exercise of its option rights under its long-term commercial lease.
  • Los Angeles County successfully defends against FEHA age and disability discrimination suitJones Day obtained a demurrer without leave to amend as to all causes of action in a suit alleging Los Angeles County engaged in age and disability discrimination in violation of California's Fair Employment and Housing Act.
  • Los Angeles County secures dismissal of claims of retaliation and discriminationJones Day secured a victory for Los Angeles County in a federal retaliation/discrimination lawsuit brought by four former officers of the now-defunct Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety ("OPS").
  • Fortune 200 company seeks representation in investigation involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism programJones Day represented a Fortune 200 company in an investigation that arose after U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") discovered a large amount of narcotics that, unbeknownst to the company, had been secretly hidden inside a container used to transport the company's products across the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Los Angeles County obtains dismissal of discrimination suitJones Day client Los Angeles County obtained dismissal of a suit alleging civil rights violations under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and age and disability discrimination in violation of the California Peace Officers Bill of Rights.
  • Albertson's successfully defends California AG antitrust litigation related to labor union negotiationsJones Day defended supermarket chain Albertson's, Inc. against antitrust claims asserted by the California Attorney General in connection with a "mutual strike assistance agreement" that Albertson's entered into with Vons and Ralphs, two other grocery store companies.
  • Bayer prevails in Supreme Court, ending federal Cipro antitrust class actionsOn March 7, 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari in In re Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride Antitrust Litigation, bringing to an end an eleven-year battle between Jones Day client Bayer and antitrust class plaintiffs arising from a patent settlement concerning Bayer's popular antibiotic, Cipro.
  • Novatel Wireless defends shareholder class action and shareholder derivative actions regarding misrepresentations concerning their financial resultsJones Day represents Novatel Wireless, Inc. and certain of its officers and directors in shareholder class and derivative actions alleging that Novatel made misrepresentations concerning their financial results and the status and scope of the Company's internal investigation.
  • Park-Olson Lumber successfully defends against alleged fraudulent investment schemeJones Day defended Park-Olson Lumber Company in a case involving claims by two dozen plaintiffs alleging a fraudulent investment scheme.
  • Los Angeles MTA defeats wage and hour class action lawsuitJones Day successfully defended the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in a hybrid class and collective action wage and hour lawsuit filed by Nathan Flowers, a former bus driver, alleging failure to comply with state and federal wage and hour laws.
  • Vibram obtains First Circuit affirmation of class action settlement agreement related to its advertisingOn December 31, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a $3.75 million class action settlement involving Jones Day clients, Vibram USA, Inc. and Vibram FiveFingers LLC, makers of the popular FiveFingers shoes.
    • October 24, 2012
      Outbound Seminar "Managing Legal Risks in Global Expansion of Chinese Companies"
    • 2012年10月24日
    • August 2, 2011
      Cal CPA Economic Damages & Fraud Sections--Causation Scenarios for the Damages Expert
    • January 27, 2011
      Hot Ethical Issues Facing In-House Counsel
    • January 28, 2010
      Ethical Pitfalls in Internal Investigations: Issues of Privilege, Cooperation with the Government, and Conflicts of Interest
    • September 25, 2007
      Crisis Management -- Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege When the Stakes are High, ACCA Double Header Program
    • September 25, 2007
      ACCA-SoCal DoubleHeader Event at Dodger Stadium: Avoid the Warning Track ...Guiding Your Company in Crisis Management and Protecting its IP Assets