Chris McLaughlin is a trial lawyer with a nationwide litigation practice and more than a decade of experience handling complex commercial disputes. He has represented clients as plaintiffs, individual defendants, and class action defendants in a wide variety of matters in state and federal courts across the country. He has served as trial counsel in both jury and bench trials and has argued appeals before multiple federal circuit courts.
Although Chris has broad general litigation experience, his practice focuses on representing companies in contract and warranty disputes related to the performance of equipment and machinery such as air conditioning systems, diesel engines, induction heat treating systems, and aircraft engines and parts. He also devotes a significant part of his practice to employment-related litigation involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition. In addition, Chris has extensive experience defending companies in product liability litigation involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Besides his litigation practice, Chris is actively involved in legal and community affairs. He is a barrister in the Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court and serves on the board of directors of the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter. Chris also serves as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he coaches the Philip C. Jessup international law moot court team and previously assisted in teaching the international war crimes research lab.
- 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)