Christopher M.McLaughlin (Chris)


Cleveland + 1.216.586.7507

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.


  • Employer challenges OSHA under nondelegation doctrineJones Day represents Allstates Refractory Contractors, LLC in challenging the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) statute as a violation of the nondelegation doctrine.
  • Nine Point Energy secures trial victory clearing path for successful reorganization through sale of its assetsJones Day is representing an oil and gas exploration and production company, Nine Point Energy, that is the Debtor in a chapter 11 bankruptcy case, leading to the successful ruling from the bench concluding that at least $150 million of the $157 million in liens asserted by Caliber were invalid, thus, clearing the path for the successful reorganization of Nine Point through a sale of its assets.
  • KeyBank obtains dismissal of class action involving agent fees related to PPP loansJones Day successfully represented KeyBank in obtaining dismissal of a putative class action seeking payment of agent fees associated with Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") loans.
  • Scott Fetzer obtains judgment against distributor for breach of contractJones Day obtained a judgment on behalf of The Scott Fetzer Company and its unincorporated division, The Kirby Company, against a foreign distributor for breach of contract, recovering lost profits and attorney's fees.
  • Experian wins summary judgment, Sixth Circuit affirmance in significant FCRA matterDefending Experian Information Solutions, Inc. in multiple consolidated actions alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"), Jones Day obtained summary judgment in the bellwether case in the Northern District of Ohio and preserved that victory on appeal before the Sixth Circuit.
  • Deutz AG and Deutz Corporation's summary judgment victory upheld on appealJones Day represented Deutz AG and Deutz Corporation in a commercial dispute with a machine manufacturer that incorporated Deutz diesel engines in its equipment.
  • Scott Fetzer successfully resolves consumer class action involving Kirby vacuumsJones Day successfully represented The Scott Fetzer Company in a putative class action brought under RICO alleging that the Kirby Company, an unincorporated division of Scott Fetzer, knowingly participated in a fraudulent scheme arising out of the sale of used Kirby vacuum cleaners represented to be new.
  • Decorated 36-year veteran of the Cleveland police force is cleared of all charges resulting from the fatal shooting of an unarmed bank robbery suspectThe Cleveland Office recently achieved a great result in its pro bono representation of a Cleveland police officer in his appearance before the grand jury related to his fatal shooting of an unarmed bank robbery suspect.
  • Wyeth obtains defense verdict in product liability litigation involving antidepressant EffexorJones Day successfully represented Wyeth, Inc. in a product liability action involving antidepressant, Effexor.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • 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