Christopher Lovrien is a trial lawyer who represents companies in high-stakes commercial disputes. 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 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.
California Supreme Court Recognizes Concepcion Requires Reversal of Sonic-Calabasas but Continues to Display Skepticism Toward Arbitration
- July 2020
Last days of judicial imperialism? (Daily Journal) – An article about the U.S. Supreme Court's grants of certiorari in two cases that could significantly rein in and clarify the scope of the Alien Tort Statute.
- 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 and 2020)
National Law Journal "Trailblazer in Political Activism and First Amendment Rights" (2020)
Law360 "Rising Star" (2012)
- Law Clerk to Judge Jerome Turner, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee (1998-1999)