Casamassima_Christopher

Christopher T. Casamassima

Casamassima_Christopher

Christopher T. Casamassima

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Chris Casamassima is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses on complex business disputes involving antitrust, breach of contract, fraud, trade secrets and other commercial issues. He has achieved significant victories on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of industries, including healthcare, entertainment, financial services and aerospace. Mr. Casamassima has led the defense for numerous corporate clients facing class action claims, qui tam claims and other matters involving significant potential exposure. He has been recommended by The Legal 500 United States, and has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” or “Rising Star” for 17 years. He was also named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Thriving in their 40s” list in 2020, nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Leader in Law in 2019 and 2020, and recognized as a Top 20 lawyer under the age of 40 in California by the Daily Journal in 2015.

In addition to preparing cases for trial, Mr. Casamassima provides pre-litigation counseling on contract and antitrust issues to resolve disputes prior to litigation.

Professional Activities

Mr. Casamassima has been active in the American Bar Association's Antitrust Law Section for many years, and has served as a vice chair of the Distribution and Franchising, Privacy and Information Security, and Cartel and Criminal Practice Committees. Mr. Casamassima is also a member of the State Bar of California's Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law and Litigation Sections, the Italian American Lawyers Association, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Mr. Casamassima has also served on the Board of Directors of the Western Center on Law & Poverty.

Experience

  • Fraud, Breach of Contract and Business Torts

    • Defending donor-advised fund in dispute brought by donor alleging breach of fiduciary duty in connection with pool performance and investment selection
    • Representing Native American tribe in action against tribe’s former attorneys, who alleged fraud, interference with contract, RICO and breach of contract claims, and where the tribe is asserting fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence counterclaims
    • Won total victory for nation’s largest donor-advised fund after two-week federal bench trial (via Zoom) where plaintiffs alleged fraud and negligent securities trading 
    • Won summary judgment for pharmaceutical manufacturer in qui tam litigation concerning alleged fraudulent claims submitted to insurers
    • Won summary judgment for medical device manufacturer in qui tam litigation concerning alleged fraudulent claims submitted to insurers
    • Won dismissal of action against director of medical technology company in action alleging breach of fiduciary duty for alleged improper dilution of company's stock
    • Won $1 million-plus restitution award for financial services company for amounts expended on attorneys' fees in connection with investigation into alleged insider trading by employee
    • Defeated an action for preliminary and permanent injunctive relief filed against standardized test provider on behalf of students whose AP test scores were invalidated after discovery of testing irregularities
    • Successfully represented blood-testing company in class action alleging fraud and other causes of action based on allegations that the blood-testing technology was flawed
    • Trial counsel in two-week federal jury trial for individual and corporate defendants against SEC where SEC alleged multiple counts of securities fraud
    • Secured $26.5 million settlement for a group of private investors for multiple banks' fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and aiding and abetting fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the Reed Slatkin Ponzi scheme
    • Obtained successful confidential settlement on behalf of a group of Taiwanese banks who brought claims for fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the collapse of PEM Group
    • Secured confirmation of arbitration award of more than $5 million for Spanish claimant in an arbitration regarding a cosmetics distribution contract
    • Trial counsel for major defense contractor in two-week federal trial over dispute with supplier over the procurement of computer equipment
  • Media, Technology and Intellectual Property

    • Defending technology company in California state court action alleging trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract
    • Representing plaintiff shipping and logistics company in California federal court bringing claims for trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, fraud, and other torts 
    • Won directed verdict for major aerospace company at the close of plaintiff's case in a dispute concerning the pricing of the F/A-18 aircraft
    • Won arbitration award for a satellite manufacturer in an international arbitration where claimant insurance companies alleged claims in subrogation for breach of contract in connection with the loss of a satellite; after arbitration, obtained confirmation of the award in federal district court
    • Won arbitration award on behalf of production company for full amount of damages sought—plus fees, costs and interest—for breach of agreement to distribute full-length motion picture in Latin America and Brazil
    • Won jury verdict on behalf of an aircraft systems company against a security and aerospace company for intentional interference with prospective economic advantage arising out of a teaming relationship to upgrade the B-1B bomber's mission computer
    • Successfully defended major movie studio in federal and state court class actions brought in connection with a well-publicized data breach
    • Successfully defended financial services company in action alleging copyright infringement and breach of contract based on alleged overdeployment of software brought by software company
    • Successfully defended developer of successful video game franchise in licensing dispute involving fraud and breach of contract claim
  • Antitrust

    • Successfully defended public utility against monopolization and other antitrust and tort claims brought by solar panel company
    • Successfully defended major movie exhibitor in federal and state actions where other exhibitors allege unlawful clearance agreements and purported circuit dealing in violation of the Sherman Act and state laws
    • Obtained dismissal of complaint for a direct broadcast satellite television company, where plaintiffs alleged Sherman Act claims on behalf of a putative class seeking to require satellite and cable providers to offer a la carte distribution; obtained affirmance from the Ninth Circuit
    • Obtained dismissal of monopolization and misappropriation of trade secrets claims brought by one California law school against another law school operating in the same area
    • Obtained favorable settlement for computer memory chip manufacturer facing allegations of conspiracy to boycott plaintiff and misappropriation of trade secrets
    • Represented clients in Department of Justice investigations and civil class action litigation concerning alleged price fixing and collusion; non-confidential matters include: In Re DRAM Antitrust Litigation; Brookshire Bros. et. al. v. Chiquita Brands International, Inc., et. al.; In Re Marine Hose Antitrust Litigation; In Re Flat Glass Antitrust Litigation (II); In Re Food Service Equipment Hardware Antitrust Litigation; Rigo v. Kason Industries, Inc., et. al.; In Re Transpacific Passenger Air Transportation Litigation; and In Re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation

Recognition

  • Highlighted in Litigation Daily’s “Litigator of the Week” in March 2021 for winning a trial for donor-advised fund sponsor in a closely-watched case regarding the operation of donor-advised funds.
  • Named to the Los Angeles Business Journal's 2020 “Thriving in Their 40s” list, which recognizes standouts in professional services in the Los Angeles business community.
  • Nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Leader in Law in 2019 and 2020, an honor that recognizes lawyers for their skill, exemplary leadership and contributions to the Los Angeles community at large
  • Named a Super Lawyer in the 2014–2021 editions of Southern California Super Lawyers, and selected to the 2004–2008 and 2010–2013 lists of Rising Stars.
  • Recommended in the areas of antitrust civil litigation and general commercial disputes in The Legal 500 United States and highlighted in the 2020 edition for his representation of Fidelity Charitable in the commercial disputes category.
  • Included in the Daily Journal's  2015 “Top 20 Under 40” in California list, which recognizes 20 attorneys under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to the practice of law in California 
  • Acquisition International selected the firm's Antitrust and Competition Practice as the recipient of its Antitrust Litigation Law Firm of the Year award in California
  • Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

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Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 2000

      Submissions Editor, UCLA Entertainment Law Review
    • BA, History, University of Pennsylvania, 1997

      magna cum laude
  • Admissions

    • California

    • District of Columbia

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