ChristopherPagliarella (Chris)


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Chris Pagliarella focuses his practice on complex civil litigation and appellate advocacy. He has successfully represented and counseled clients through the trial and appellate stages of state and federal courts, including multiple victories in the U.S. Supreme Court. He also has helped clients navigate difficult regulatory environments through proactive counseling.

Prior to rejoining Jones Day in 2023, Chris served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito of the United States Supreme Court. He entered that clerkship after serving in a dual role as counsel at a nonprofit law firm dedicated to religious liberty for all faiths and as a visiting clinical lecturer in Yale Law School's Free Exercise Clinic, where he taught and supervised students engaged in pro bono representation in the religious liberty space. In his prior time at Jones Day, Chris represented clients in a broad range of matters, including intellectual property disputes, election law regulation, anti-trafficking litigation, and bankruptcy proceedings. Chris also clerked for Judge Thomas M. Hardiman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. During law school, Chris served as co-chair of the Education Adequacy Project, a clinic dedicated to litigating issues of adequacy and equity in state education funding.


  • Agudath Israel of America files amicus curiae brief in religious liberty caseJones Day filed an amicus curiae brief in the Pennsylvania Superior Court on behalf of Agudath Israel of America, a national grassroots Orthodox Jewish organization that advocates for the interests of the Orthodox Jewish community in the United States, in an appeal from a trial court’s decision to deny a Jewish defendant’s request to continue his civil trial by one day to accommodate his observance of Yom Kippur.
  • Buckeye Institute submits brief in support of certiorari in challenge to CFPB structureOn behalf of the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy, Jones Day submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of Supreme Court review in a case presenting the question whether the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is unconstitutionally structured, in light of the director's broad regulatory powers and significant independence from oversight by either the President or Congress.
  • PAG invests in Key Safety Systems to finance acquisition of global assets of Takata CorporationJones Day represented PAG Asia Capital Ltd. and PAG Asia II LP in connection with its investment in Key Safety Systems, a subsidiary of China-based Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corporation, to finance the acquisition of substantially all of the global assets of Takata Corporation out of bankruptcy in the U.S. and Japan and certain non-bankruptcy transactions elsewhere in the world.