Christopher M.McLaughlin (Chris)

Partner

Cleveland + 1.216.586.7507

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.

Experience

  • 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
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