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.
- Yale University (J.D. 2016; Coker Fellow; Yale Law Journal; B.A. magna cum laude 2012, with distinction in Political Science and African American Studies majors; William Pickens Prize for Outstanding Senior Thesis in African American Studies)
- District of Columbia, New York, U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits
- Law Clerk to: Justice Samuel A. Alito, U.S. Supreme Court (2022-2023) and Judge Thomas M. Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (2016-2017)