Christopher J. McNamara


Christopher J. McNamara

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Christopher J. McNamara is a litigator with a practice focusing primarily on complex commercial disputes. Chris takes pride in and devotes himself to understanding his clients’ goals, and is adept at crafting and executing the appropriate strategy in any given situation to advance those goals.

Chris has represented public companies, investment advisers, investors, global healthcare companies, real estate investment and management firms, boards, and individuals in a wide array of matters, including breach of contract, fraud, securities litigation, shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, corporate governance, intellectual property, and employment litigation. A subject matter expert in insider trading, Chris has played an integral role in numerous internal investigations, represented clients in connection with criminal and regulatory probes, and provided guidance and training to registered investment advisers with respect to their in-house compliance and crime prevention activities. Utilizing his litigation background, Chris has often been called upon to advise clients with respect to potential investments and corporate transactions, including M&A.

Prior to joining Barton, Chris was a litigator at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Chris has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers since 2018. He also received The Legal Aid Society’s “Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award” in 2015 and 2016.

Chris is an active member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). In 2018, Chris was appointed to serve on NYSBA’s Presidential Task Force on Mass Shootings and Assault Weapons. In connection with his work on the Task Force, Chris chairs the subcommittee devoted to analyzing the relationship between mass shootings and mental health. In 2020, Chris was appointed by the NYSBA President to serve on the Committee on Leadership Development.

Chris is a graduate of Fordham Law School, where he served as an associate editor of the Fordham Law Review.

Industry Experience


Internal Investigations
  • Represented Hedge Fund in Insider Trading Investigation
    • Represented a hedge fund in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations into insider trading; conducted numerous interviews and managed document review of internal investigation; worked closely with the client to achieve a highly favorable settlement with the SEC; was involved in every aspect of the external and internal investigations.
Commercial Litigation
  • Achieved Favorable Settlements In Breach of Fiduciary Duty Suits
    • Represented a public company in multiple derivative suits alleging breach of fiduciary duty; integrally involved in reaching successful settlements; drafted opposition to attorneys’ fee request and successfully argued the same before the Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Litigated Cross-Broder Disputes for Private Equity Firm
    • Represented partners in a private equity business engaged in pursuit and defense of various claims in cross-border disputes, including in Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands, and Nevis.
Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Successfully Represented Biosimilar Manufacturer Regarding Patent Infringements
    • Represented a biosimilar manufacturer in defense of alleged patent infringements; conducted the trial examination of expert witness opining on economic theory and damages calculation; prepared the cross-examination of opposing economist; drafted successful appellate brief upholding lower court’s decision to deny requested discovery based on a novel theory addressing the implications of the BPCIA statutory scheme.