ChristopherLovrien (Chris)

Partner-in-Charge California Region

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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.


Former managers and executive officers of Quiznos restaurant brand obtain dismissal of federal and state securities fraud actions
Jones 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.

MF Global Litigation Trust pursues claims against Jon Corzine and other former officers
As 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.

Manufacturer of medical equipment obtains dismissal of False Claims Act qui tam action related to patent applications
A 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 defends against lawsuit relating to accidental fire at California refinery
Jones 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.

Abercrombie defeats putative class action under California's UCL and CLRA
Jones 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.

Chevron defeats state court action alleging fraud and violations of California's UCL concerning gas station franchise agreements
Jones 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

Hollister defeats class certification in gift card case
Jones Day represented Hollister Co., in a putative class action filed under California's Consumer Legal Remedies Act.

Leading restaurant chain obtains dismissal in unlawful interference with contract action
Jones 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.

Leading retailer prevails in commercial lease dispute
Jones 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 suit
Jones 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 discrimination
Jones 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 program
Jones 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.

Consumer Capital successfully preserves rights in Quiznos bankruptcy
Jones Day represents Consumer Capital Partners and certain related individuals ("Specified Litigation Parties") in their defense against threatened claims by Avenue Capital Management related to a 2012 transaction involving Quizno's restructuring.

Los Angeles County obtains dismissal of discrimination suit
Jones 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 negotiations
Jones 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 actions
On 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 results
Jones 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 scheme
Jones 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 lawsuit
Jones 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 advertising
On 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.

Speaking Engagements

  • August 2, 2011Cal CPA Economic Damages & Fraud Sections--Causation Scenarios for the Damages Expert
  • January 27, 2011Hot Ethical Issues Facing In-House Counsel
  • January 28, 2010Ethical Pitfalls in Internal Investigations: Issues of Privilege, Cooperation with the Government, and Conflicts of Interest
  • September 25, 2007Crisis Management -- Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege When the Stakes are High, ACCA Double Header Program
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