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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.