Christopher J.Pottmeyer (Chris)


Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.9501

Chris Pottmeyer represents clients in high-stakes commercial disputes in state and federal courts and arbitral proceedings. Chris has assisted clients resolve disputes involving contract breaches, business torts, class actions, securities violations, construction disputes, investigations, and insurance recovery. His experience includes successfully briefing and arguing federal appeals, dispositive motions, motions in limine, and other critical motions.

Chris recently served as the lead associate on multiple trial teams, successfully defending one of the world's largest steel producers in complex contractual disputes — one ended in a favorable Daubert challenge and the other was tried to verdict after a three-week bench trial. Chris was also a member of a team that successfully defended Pittsburgh's largest health care organization in several high-profile disputes.

Most recently, Chris argued a dispositive motion and secured the complete dismissal of breach of contract and fraudulent inducement claims brought against the former owner of an industrial complex, a decision that Chris successfully defended before the Second Circuit.

Chris actively participates in the Pro Se Pro Bono ADR Program in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, where he advises pro se litigants for purposes of alternative dispute resolution. Before joining Jones Day, Chris was a teacher and mentor for students with developmental disabilities.


  • Bottler defeats class certification in Lanham Act lawsuit alleging false labeling and disparagement by indirect competitorJones Day has obtained denial of class certification in a first-of-its-kind Lanham Act indirect competitor putative class action lawsuit brought against a bottler.
  • The Southern Company defends putative securities class action alleging violations of Section 10(b)Jones Day is representing The Southern Company and its directors and certain of its current and former officers in connection with a putative class action alleging, among other things, violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
  • UPMC defends lawsuit seeking to recoup $300 million in oncology reimbursement paymentsJones Day is defending the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) against a lawsuit filed by Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer Highmark Inc. in September 2014 against UPMC and its subsidiary hospitals seeking to recoup $300 million in past oncology reimbursements.
  • UPMC prevails in trial before Commonwealth Court of PennsylvaniaJones Day won a bench trial on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center ("UPMC"), one of the nation's preeminent integrated healthcare systems.
  • UPMC prevails before the Pennsylvania Supreme CourtFollowing a decision from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Jones Day led an expedited appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that resulted in a complete victory for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center ("UPMC"), one of the nation's preeminent integrated healthcare systems.