Chris DiPompeo's practice focuses on complex litigation and appellate advocacy in the context of business restructurings and chapter 11 bankruptcies. He has significant experience across a variety of industries, including financial services, government contracts, gaming, and municipal government. Chris regularly counsels clients in connection with issues relating to bankruptcy jurisdiction and venue, the automatic stay, post-petition financing, and complex commercial contracts.
In 2013 and 2014, Chris was a member of the Jones Day team representing the City of Detroit, Michigan in its historic chapter 9 bankruptcy case. He played a significant role in many aspects of the chapter 9 case, including litigation over the City's eligibility for bankruptcy, its request to obtain post-petition financing, and confirmation of its plan of adjustment. Most recently, he has represented major creditors of Energy Future Holdings Corp., Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, General Motors, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
From 2014 to 2019, Chris served as co-lead counsel for The American Legion in its successful defense of a World War I memorial against an Establishment Clause challenge. Chris was the principal architect of the legal strategy that ultimately led to the Legion's landmark victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, 139 S. Ct. 2067 (2019).
Prior to joining Jones Day, Chris served as a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts Jr., and for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
- University of Pennsylvania (J.D. summa cum laude 2009; Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, University of Pennsylvania Law Review); University of Maryland, Baltimore County (B.A. in Economics magna cum laude 2004; Wachovia Scholar; Certificate of General Honors)
- District of Columbia; Maryland; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland, Central District of Illinois, and Eastern District of Michigan; and U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Named a 2019 D.C. Rising Star by The National Law Journal, recognizing "the Washington, D.C. region's 40 most promising lawyers age 40 and under"
"Rising Star," Washington DC Super Lawyers (2016-2020)
Awarded a 2009 Burton Distinguished Writing Award for "Federal Hate Crime Laws and United States v. Lopez: On a Collision Course to Clarify Jurisdictional Element Analysis," 157 U. Pa. L. Rev. 617 (2008)
- Law Clerk to: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., U.S. Supreme Court (2011-2012) and Judge Paul V. Niemeyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (2009-2010)