Christopher Lovrien is a trial lawyer who represents companies in high-stakes commercial disputes. He has litigated matters in courts throughout the United States 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 recent matters, Chris successfully defended a major energy company against claims under the Alien Tort Statute and Anti-Terrorism Act related to international oil purchases, and he obtained dismissal on First Amendment grounds of a case against a well-known media company alleging deceptive trade practices. Chris also is defending a major retailer in hundreds of cases brought by states, counties, cities, and other plaintiffs alleging that the distribution of prescription opioids constitutes a public nuisance.
Chris previously was lead trial counsel for American Apparel in its contested chapter 11 confirmation, 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 in a case arising from a refinery fire, and obtained summary judgment in a $500 million real estate partnership dispute. He 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).
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
- 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)
Law360 "Rising Star" (2012)
- Law Clerk to Judge Jerome Turner, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee (1998-1999)