J. Christian (Chris) Nemeth provides legal counsel on complex commercial litigation and government investigations, including ERISA matters, financial and banking cases, business torts and breach of contract actions. Chris is the Co-Chair of the Firm’s ERISA Litigation group and works closely with the Firm’s Employee Benefits department on all types of Litigation matters, Department of Labor investigations and similar issues.

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  • Secured a complete defense verdict on behalf of Celanese Corporation, a leading producer of chemicals and fibers, against breach of contract and fraud allegations seeking approximately $4 billion in damages
  • Representing appraisal organization in federal appellate court action involving propriety of approximately $350 million ESOP valuation
  • Successfully represented a large company in defending a billion dollar corporate valuation for purposes of an executive compensation dispute
  • Acted as lead counsel in confidential ERISA-based Department of Labor investigations involving fiduciary breaches, VEBA registrations and propriety of investments

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  • The Legal 500 US 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2019 and 2020, Commercial Litigation


  • International Association of Defense Counsel


University of Michigan Law School, JD, 2001
Northwestern University, BA, cum laude, 1999


US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
US District Court for the District of Colorado
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

J. Christian Nemeth

Insights & Events / Media

Benefits Law Journal / November 2018

On the Subject / November 21, 2016

Pubblicazioni / July 21, 2016

The Yates Memo's "All Relevant Facts" Requirement Leaves Privilege Protections in Flux

Inside Counsel / April 1, 2015

Practical Considerations to Avoid Challenges to Arbitration Awards (Part 1)

IADC Committee Newsletter / March 2014

Northwest Inc. v. Ginsberg: Major Changes May Be on the Horizon for ...

IBA's Arbitration News, Vol. 19, No.1 / February 2014

The ‘Hot Tub’ Method of Taking Expert Testimony Is Gaining Steam: What ...