Chris' practice focuses on defending consumer product class actions and product liability litigation. He has successfully represented clients in multidistrict litigation, class actions and other complex litigation. He handles a wide range of litigation activities, including coordinating discovery, drafting and arguing motions, and trial support.
Chris' experiences with both the state and federal courts have given him valuable insights into the judicial decision making process. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for the Hon. W. Duane Benton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. While in law school, Chris externed with the Hon. Lisa White Hardwick on the Missouri Court of Appeals.
Chris honed his litigation skills as the head research assistant for Notre Dame Law School's litigation skills program, a position in which he drafted materials for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. As the Managing Submissions Editor for Volume 88 of the Notre Dame Law Review, Chris analyzed dozens of submitted articles on class actions, multidistrict litigation and other claims aggregation. Through this work, he developed a thorough understanding of emerging topics in claims aggregation, and the Federal Courts issue was devoted entirely to the topic.
Before law school, Chris practiced public accounting in Kansas City and St. Louis. He is a certified public accountant and has served on the adjunct accounting faculty of the University of Notre Dame and Avila University. Chris’s accounting career has given him insights into the financial aspects of litigation as well as a strong understanding of the challenges corporate clients face. In the settlement context, Chris frequently leverages his accounting experience to gather settlement data from the publicly available financial statements of his clients’ competitors.