Christopher J.Lopata (Chris)

Of Counsel

New York + 1.212.326.3602

Chris Lopata handles civil litigation and class actions, focusing on credit reporting, product liability, toxic torts, contract disputes, and a wide range of commercial litigation.

Chris appears in federal and state courts throughout the country in actions related to consumer credit reporting, lead paint, and tobacco as part of Jones Day's national representations of Experian Information Solutions, The Sherwin-Williams Company, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

He has served as lead trial counsel for an array of commercial disputes in New York State courts. Chris also counsels clients who have sought and obtained favorable settlements in non-trial bound business disputes.

Chris has extensive experience coordinating electronic discovery and serves as the New York Office coordinator on e-discovery issues. When not steeped in e-discovery, he works with, and has developed, a wide range of expert witnesses, including accountants, economists, historians, and chemists.

Chris teaches continuing legal education programs about e-discovery. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Experience

  • Sherwin-Williams defends lead paint actions brought by California cities and countiesJones Day is defending The Sherwin-Williams Company against claims brought by ten of California's largest cities and counties.
  • Client obtains dismissal from claims related to international humanitarian aid programJones Day acted as principal counsel to a client who sought dismissal of a complaint alleging improprieties related to the administration of an international humanitarian aid program.
  • Yamaha prevails in jury trial involving Rhino SxS vehicleAfter a three month trial in the Orange County Superior Court, Complex Division, a jury returned a defense verdict on behalf of Jones Day client Yamaha Motor Co. in a "bellwether" case involving the Yamaha Rhino SxS vehicle.
  • Sherwin-Williams defends against suit alleging injuries to children from ingestion of lead paintJones Day represented The Sherwin-Williams Company and other former manufacturers of white lead carbonate pigments in action involving over 160 plaintiffs in two different cases.
  • Bell Microproducts Directors defend litigation seeking to enjoin acquisition of company by AvnetJones Day represents the Board of Directors of Bell Microproducts, Inc., W. Donald Bell, Gordon A. Campbell, Glenn E. Penisten, Edward L. Gelbach, James E. Ousley, Eugene B. Chaiken, David M. Ernsberger, Peter G. Hanelt, William E. Meyer, and Mark L. Sanders in nine shareholder class actions which seek to enjoin the acquisition of Bell Micro by Avnet, Inc.
  • Yamaha successfully defends nationwide litigation of product liability cases and claims involving the Rhino side-by-side ("SxS") vehicleJones Day leads Yamaha's defense of Rhino cases and claims pending in the United States.
  • Sherwin-Williams prevails in landmark public nuisance suit over lead pigment before Rhode Island Supreme CourtThe Rhode Island Supreme Court overturned a jury verdict against Jones Day client, The Sherwin-Williams Company, and other former lead pigment manufacturers, stating that the trial court should have dismissed the public nuisance claim at the outset.
  • Sherwin-Williams prevails in public nuisance claim by NJ cities and counties seeking lead paint abatement and health care costsJones Day represented The Sherwin-Williams Company, a former manufacturer of lead pigment and lead paint, against public nuisance claims brought by 26 cities and counties seeking lead paint abatement and health care costs.
  • Yahoo! defends against copyright infringement action relating to its internet webcasting serviceJones Day defended Yahoo! Inc. in a copyright infringement action related to its internet webcasting service brought under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
  • Experian obtains defense verdict in lawsuit under the Fair Credit Reporting Act in Bronx CountyJones Day served as lead counsel for Experian Information Solutions, Inc. in bench trial that resulted in defense verdict for national credit reporting agency against claims under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Sherwin-Williams successfully defends NY putative class action seeking medical monitoring for lead exposure in children and pregnant womenJones Day represented The Sherwin-Williams Company in a statewide putative class action seeking medical monitoring for lead exposure in children and pregnant women.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • Spring 2014
      Electronic Discovery: Hofstra University School of Law
    • April 11, 2013
      Electronic Discovery, New York Law School

    • Various in-house CLE presentations covering deposition and motion practice, effective management of paralegals and secretarial assistants, technology in the courtroom, and other litigation practice topics.

    • In-house CLE presentation on use of technology to facilitate practice management.
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