Chris, a partner in the Los Angeles office, has over 20 years of experience handling a wide range of complex product liability and commercial litigation matters. These matters have included: litigation stemming from major air crashes (commercial and military); personal injury and wrongful death suits involving aerospace products, industrial equipment, and petroleum products; and commercial matters involving contractual disputes. He has experience representing both U.S. and international corporations and has defended cases at both the trial and appellate levels.
Chris' representation of the firm's clients also entails providing advice as to contractual provisions and assisting clients during contract negotiations. He also periodically presents seminars designed to help companies take steps to prevent and adequately prepare for litigation and has also written articles on recent developments in the areas of electronic discovery, spoliation of evidence, government contracts and international treaties impacting aviation law.
Chris is also an authority on the emerging field of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). He has authored a number of articles on UAS legal issues, regulatory framework and recent cases concerning UAS operations, and has also been invited to speak on these subjects in both the U.S. and Europe.
Chris is also a lieutenant colonel in the reserve component of the United States Air Force. Through his military duty, Chris has gained significant experience in environmental, personnel and government contracts law. He has also completed the USAF's Accident Investigation Board course and has served as the legal advisor to USAF aircraft accident investigations involving unmanned aircraft operations.
Chris is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Aviation Insurance Association, Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots' Association.