Chris Thatch is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on construction, mass torts, contract disputes, and antitrust litigation. He has tried cases in multiple state and federal courts and has represented clients in commercial arbitrations throughout the world.
Chris has handled construction disputes on large-scale public and commercial projects, including environmental cleanup and remediation efforts, flood protection repair, power plant builds, aerospace development, and military programs. Recently, he was counsel to a major utility in a dispute related to the licensing, design, and construction of the first nuclear power project authorized to be built in the United States in more than 30 years. He also has defended companies against enterprise-threatening litigation resulting from natural and man-made disasters and allegedly defective products. Chris achieved a complete defense verdict for a global engineering firm in a lawsuit alleging billions of dollars in damages from flooding in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and he has successfully defended a multinational company in several high-stakes product liability cases. Representative clients include URS Corporation, Boeing, Southern Company, Bechtel, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Reynolds American.
In addition, Chris has more than 15 years of antitrust litigation experience in a variety of industries, including banking, credit cards, transportation, and health care. He has defended several merger challenges brought by the federal government, including representing American Airlines' defense of its merger with US Airways, and representing Aetna in the challenge to its merger with Humana. Chris tried back-to-back merger cases in 2016.
"Super hard-working" trial lawyer who "is down to earth, intelligent, and comes across positively to judges."Chambers USA
- American University (J.D. cum laude 2006; Managing Editor, Administrative Law Review; Student Attorney, Civil Practice Clinic); University of Maryland (B.A. in Journalism 1998)
- District of Columbia, Maryland, and U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland and District of Columbia
- Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Criminal Division (Summer 2004); Honors Paralegal and Litigation Manager, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (2001-2005)
- Chambers USA (2021), recognized as "a talented trial lawyer with experience across the whole range of construction litigation"