Christopher S. Whittaker represents companies in pre-litigation disputes, state and federal court litigation, and domestic and international arbitration proceedings involving a broad range of high-stakes, complex business disputes. His experience includes cases involving claims for trade secret misappropriation, false advertising, breach of contract, trademark and trade dress infringement, unfair competition, legal malpractice, constitutional violations, disability discrimination, False Claims Act violations, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and wrongful death.
He also advises clients seeking to avoid litigation by facilitating negotiated resolutions of business disputes. Chris approaches disputes with each client’s end goal in mind, recommending strategies that will advance specific business objectives while avoiding unintended consequences.
His clients comprise a diverse group of companies in industries such as telecommunications and colocation, apparel, construction materials, pharmaceuticals, tax preparation, health care and elder care, and financial services, as well as law firms and city governments.
In addition to his regular practice, Chris represents pro bono clients in civil rights, death penalty, and affordable housing litigation.
- Represented a major retail-clothing brand in a two-week trial against a competitor resulting in jury findings of intentional infringement and willful dilution (an exceptionally rare finding) of the client’s well-known trademarks. (Quiksilver v. Rox Volleyball)
- Represented a global leader in the pharmaceutical industry and obtained a landmark “head start” injunction after a three-week bench trial involving misappropriation of trade secrets by a major competitor relating to the marketing of the client’s leading pharmaceutical product. (Allergan v. Merz)
- Defended a nationwide provider of telecommunications and colocation services against claims by a customer and competitor for breach of contract, unfair competition, and tortious interference. After we secured a summary-judgment ruling dismissing the plaintiff’s claim for $70,000,000 of lost-profits damages (roughly 99% of the damages claimed by the plaintiff), the matter resolved through a confidential settlement.
- Defended a client against wide-ranging claims of breach of contract, trade dress infringement, fraud, unfair competition, and breach of confidence. Our client asserted counterclaims for breach of contract and fraud. The matter resolved through a confidential settlement.
- Secured voluntary dismissals of all claims in fifteen separate merger-related putative class actions against a leading fabless semiconductor company.
- Represented a professional services industry leader in a Lanham Act false advertising action by our client against one of its major competitors. The matter resolved through a confidential settlement.
- Represented a market leader in the pharmaceuticals industry in a Lanham Act false advertising case against a major competitor. The matter resolved through a confidential settlement.
- Represents a major footwear company in a trademark and trade dress infringement action.
- Represents a nationwide provider of telecommunications and colocation services in business disputes with customers, service providers, and landlords involving allegations of unfair competition and breach of contract.
- Represents a city government defending against claims of disability discrimination and constitutional violations by homeless individuals in connection with the city’s homeless shelter and law enforcement.
- Represented nationwide mortgage servicer in qui tam action alleging False Claims Act violations in connection with our client’s servicing practices.
- US District Court for the Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California
- US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Harvard University, J.D.
- University of Southern California, B.A., Psychology: magna cum laude
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