Christopher Sullivan has more than 40 years of experience practicing law. He focuses on the civil jury trials of complex litigation matters, such as financial and securities cases and intellectual property matters. Through trials, motions practice, or settlements, Mr. Sullivan, who oversees the commercial litigation practice in the firm’s Boston office, has resolved more than 300 lawsuits in a wide range of substantive areas of litigation. He is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, including various leadership roles, such as serving as the President of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Sullivan served the State of New York as a Special Assistant Attorney General, where he was as a trial attorney with the Office of the Special Prosecutor during its investigation and prosecution of official corruption within the criminal justice system of New York City.
Represented an ERISA plan against a major Wall Street brokerage firm in an arbitration proceeding before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). In this proceeding, the pension plan sought to reverse purchases of more than $46 million dollars of preferred stock in two government sponsored entities. The plan alleged that the representatives of the brokerage firm had made false statements concerning the exposure of those entities to subprime loans and the value of the assets held by those entities. The hearing consisted of 20 days of testimony. After closing arguments, the panel announced that it had reached a decision without revealing its contents, but invited the plan to submit a petition for attorneys’ fees. Shortly thereafter, the brokerage firm agreed to settle the case on mutually acceptable terms.
Defended trustees of a pension plan who were charged with breach of their fiduciary duties and violating ERSIA.
Represented a software innovator against a major anti-viral software manufacturer in an eight figure settlement of a breach of contract case.
Tried a patent case before a jury on behalf of a small European computer company against a large computer company resulting in an eight figure settlement on behalf of his clients, after two weeks of trial.
Defended a New York investment firm accused by investors of breach of contract and perpetrating a multi-million dollar fraud. Argued the appeal before the 11th Circuit which upheld the finding of the District Court which had granted summary judgment in favor of the investment firm.
Represented a Fortune 200 company in Massachusetts and Connecticut Federal Courts against claims of patent infringement for recording devices.
Pursued on behalf of plaintiff a patent infringement case simultaneously in Federal Courts in California and Tennessee on behalf of a medical device manufacturer resulting in a nine figure settlement for his clients.
- Fordham University Law School Alumni, New England Chapter Vice President
- Holy Cross Lawyers Association, Executive Board Member
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