Chris McLaughlin is a litigator and trial lawyer with more than 15 years of experience handling complex commercial disputes nationwide for a range of clients across multiple industries. He regularly counsels clients on litigation risk management, providing pragmatic advice and strategies to resolve burgeoning disputes before litigation ensues. When litigation arises, Chris has the experience to take a case from start to finish. He has successfully represented clients as plaintiffs and defendants, in jury and bench trials, in arbitration and mediation, and he has prevailed in arguments before multiple federal and state appellate courts.
Chris has broad litigation experience having represented clients in cases involving contract and warranty disputes, various business torts, misappropriation of trade secrets, enforcement of restrictive covenants, product liability claims, consumer class actions, and multidistrict litigation. He has represented clients in the consumer goods, credit reporting, financial services, health care, manufacturing, medical device, pharmaceutical, retail services, and transportation industries.
Besides his law practice, Chris is actively involved in legal and community affairs. He is a barrister in the Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court. He also serves on the board of directors of the Federal Bar Association (Northern District of Ohio Chapter) and Seeds of Literacy. Chris previously was an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he assisted in teaching the international war crimes research lab and coached the Philip C. Jessup international law moot court team.
- December 3, 2019
Consumer Class Actions in 2020: New Rules, Modern Strategies, and Changing Defenses, Co-Presenter, Jones Day CLE Academy
- February 5, 2019
Notable John Manos Cases, co-presenter, Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court
- May 10, 2017
Practical Skills for Examining Expert Witnesses, co-presenter, Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court
- March 9, 2015
The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission and the Future of the Ohio Constitution, moderator, Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court
- Case Western Reserve University (J.D. cum laude 2004; Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team; Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Service Award); Miami University (B.S. in Business 2001)
- Ohio; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Eighth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio, Southern District of Ohio, and District of Colorado
Selected for inclusion on the list of "Rising Stars" by Ohio Super Lawyers in the area of general litigation (2012-2018)
The Best Lawyers in America — commercial litigation (2021)
- Law Clerk to Judge Alice M. Batchelder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2004-2005); Judicial Extern to Judge Dan A. Polster, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Summer 2002)