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.
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.
California Supreme Court Recognizes Concepcion Requires Reversal of Sonic-Calabasas but Continues to Display Skepticism Toward Arbitration
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act: New Disclosure Requirements for Companies Doing Business in California to Take Effect January 1, 2012
- October 24, 2012
Outbound Seminar "Managing Legal Risks in Global Expansion of Chinese Companies"
- 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
- Harvard University (J.D. 1998); University of St. Thomas (B.A. summa cum laude 1995)
- California, Virginia, and District of Columbia
- Honors Internship Program, Office of General Counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation (1996)
Daily Journal "Top 100 Lawyers in California" (2019)
Law360 "Rising Star" (2012)
- Law Clerk to Judge Jerome Turner, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee (1998-1999)