Chris McNamara is an experienced attorney with a practice focusing primarily on trials, arbitrations, and pre-suit resolution of business disputes. Chris has litigated in federal and state courts across the country, and has represented clients in domestic and international arbitrations as well as mediation. A strategic advisor and counselor to various companies and individuals, Chris offers a steady, thoughtful, and commercially practical perspective when counseling clients on corporate policies, disputes, risk management, transactions, and other sundry, sensitive matters.
Chris has represented a diverse set of clients, including public companies, investment advisers, global healthcare companies, real estate investment and management firms, boards, nationwide logistics companies, technology companies, startups, and individuals in a broad array of matters, including securities litigation, employment disputes, shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, class actions, breach of contract, fraud, and intellectual property.
Chris has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers each year since 2018. He is also a prior recipient of The Legal Aid Society’s “Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award”, and chairs Barton’s pro bono program.
Chris is the Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Committee on Leadership Development. This Committee is tasked with “identifying, encouraging, and mentoring prospective leaders of the Association, including but not limited to activities and initiatives focused on leadership development of new lawyers” as well as “providing information, resources and guidance on the leadership opportunities available within the State Bar.” Chris is also an active member of the NYSBA Strategic Planning Committee and the NYSBA Membership Committee. Chris also previously served on the NYSBA Presidential Task Force on Mass Shootings & Assault Weapons.
Chris is a graduate of Fordham Law School, where he served as an associate editor of the Fordham Law Review. Prior to joining Barton, Chris practiced at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.