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
  • Represented Public Company in Multiple Shareholder Litigations
    • Represented a public company in multiple shareholder and securities litigations following the removal of the chairman of the board of directors from his CEO position following revelations of improper conduct in the workplace. The company auditor’s subsequent public resignation and significant board turnover lead to an additional two lawsuits alleging breach of fiduciary duties and another alleging securities fraud. Argued on behalf of the company in separate proceedings in the Delaware Chancery Court and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Represented Capital Management Firm and Board Designees
    • Represented Vintage Capital Management and its board designees in connection with a public company’s proposed acquisition of multiple targets, including Vitamin Shoppe, in excess of $500 million, which included, among other things, defending against disclosure and other claims in 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.