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.
Chris represents clients in courts at the state and federal levels across the country, and has successfully tried cases involving a wide range of matters. He also arbitrates cases in domestic and international forums.
Chris has extensive appellate experience as well. He has successfully appealed cases to the Seventh, Ninth and Tenth Circuits and to the Illinois Court of Appeals.
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
Won a federal jury trial and appeal on behalf of Leprino Foods Company, a major food producer, in a $24 million insurance coverage dispute involving an “all risk” policy and a contamination exclusion
Representing large financial institutions in SEC and FTA matters involving investment selection, share class and payment issues
Obtained a successful trial verdict for SMG, Inc., the exclusive manufacturer and marketer of hot dogs sold under the brand “Nathan’s Famous,” in a case concerning sophisticated financial arrangements and change-of-control provisions, and prevailed on appeal
Won significant damages from a three-member arbitration panel for breach of contract and breach of warranty claims relating to a private aircraft
Represented an individual defendant in a federal jury trial concerning arson and secured a favorable verdict on all arson counts
Represents current and former executives in a series of derivative lawsuits in connection to the San Bruno, California pipeline explosion
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