Christopher Walsh

Christopher Walsh represents businesses in complex commercial disputes and class-action matters primarily involving state and federal antitrust regulation, corporate governance, and business torts, especially torts relating to a competitor’s improper use of confidential information. Mr. Walsh has successfully tried or arbitrated several cases for, and has won numerous injunctions on behalf of, satisfied clients ranging from Fortune 100 clients to smaller regional firms. Mr. Walsh is presently representing a major hotel owner in a novel CERCLA cost recovery action at the WTC site and has previously represented clients in EPA cost recovery actions. He has also mediated dozens of cases and is familiar with AAA arbitration rules and procedures, having handled multiple cases administered by the AAA. He has also successfully argued several appeals before state and federal courts of appeal.

In addition, Mr. Walsh has successfully managed large teams of attorneys to efficiently and effectively defend the firm’s clients in large, high-exposure cases. He is well-versed in matters relating to electronic discovery and litigants’ obligations to preserve and produce electronic information.

Mr. Walsh has authored numerous publications on federal practice, antitrust law, enforcement of arbitral awards, and the protection of trade secrets and confidential information and has lectured on the use of restrictive covenants to protect a firm’s proprietary information.

Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1993)
Bloustein Fellow in Jurisprudence
Articles Editor, Rutgers Law Review
Order of the Coif

Rutgers University Graduate School (M.A., 1993)

Texas Christian University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1988)
Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Admissions
State of New Jersey

State of New York

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Professional Activities
Treasurer, Federal Practice and Procedure Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association

Member, New Jersey State Bar Association (Federal Practice and Procedure Section and Equity Jurisprudence Committee)

Member, American Bar Association (Section of Antitrust Law)

Member, The Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey

Member, New Jersey Supreme Court District XIII Ethics Committee (2000-2004)

Member, Superior Court of New Jersey's Juvenile Conference Committee (2008-2013)

Judge, 2005 Somerset County Bar Association Mock Trial Competition

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ronald McDonald House, Long Branch & New Brunswick

Editor, Gibbons Business Litigation Alert blog

"Wrap Up of United States Supreme Court’s 2013-2014 Term," Business Litigation Alert, July 7, 2014 (Christopher Walsh, Kevin R. Reich)

"District of New Jersey Stays Pay-For-Delay Cases Pending High Court’s Decision in K-Dur," Business Litigation Alert, October 24, 2012 and IP Law Alert, October 25, 2012

"Third Circuit Denies Federal Antitrust Standing to Hospitals Purchasing Products Through Distributors Despite Contract Between Manufacturer and Hospitals’ Group Purchasing Organization," Business Litigation Alert, June 15, 2012

"New Jersey Appellate Division Limits Application of Parol Evidence Rule in Fraudulent Inducement Cases and Finds that Unsophisticated Fraud Claimant Can Only Be Charged With His Actual Knowledge," Business Litigation Alert, April 17, 2012

"No Class Certification in Consumer Fraud Case When Lead Plaintiff Seeks to Recant Critical Allegations in Complaint," Business Litigation Alert, October 11, 2011

Richard F. Collier & Christopher Walsh, "Service of Summons and Personal Jurisdiction," collected in New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure (Robert E. Bartkus & Elizabeth K. Sher, eds., 2011)

"No Class Certification When Class Members Can Obtain Adequate Statutory Damages in Small Claims Court," Business Litigation Alert, September 19, 2011

"Limited Partners May Be Liable for Partnership’s Obligations Under Traditional Veil-Piercing Standards," Business Litigation Alert, September 19, 2011

"Corporate Officers and Employees May Be Liable for Corporation’s Violations of Consumer Fraud Act," Business Litigation Alert, September 19, 2011

"AT&T Mobility Permits Nullification of Arbitration Agreements Containing Class-Action Waivers When Agreements are so Ambiguous and Internally Inconsistent that Mutual Assent is Lacking," Business Litigation Alert, September 19, 2011

"Meeting the Pleading Requirements of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act in a Post-Twombly World," Business & Commercial Litigation Alert, July 2009

"What’s Left Of The “Manifest Disregard” Standard Of Review Of Arbitration Awards: All Of It If You’re In The Second Circuit; Who Knows If You’re In The Third Circuit," Business & Commercial Litigation Alert, July 2009

"A ‘Sea Change’ for Collective Bargaining as the U.S. Supreme Court Permits Unions to Agree to Arbitration for Discrimination Claims," Alternatives, May 2009

"What Lies Ahead," New Jersey Law Journal, March 30, 2009

"FTAIA Compliance in a Post-Twombly World," Law360, February 13, 2009

"Stolt-Nielsen’s Comfort for the ‘Average Arbitrator’: An Analysis of The Post-Hall Street ‘Manifest Disregard’ Award Review Standard," Alternatives, February 2009

"Arbitration Agreements: Enforcement With Enhanced Judicial Review," New Jersey Lawyer, November 3, 2008

"Covenants Not to Compete," Employment Litigation in New Jersey Volume 2, 2006

"If You Think More Is Less, Think Again," 180 New Jersey Law Journal 82, January 1, 2005

"Confidentiality and Non-Compete Agreements: Drafting and Counseling Issues," 24 Corporate & Business Law Section Newsletter 13, New Jersey State Bar Association, April, 2001

"Employers Gain Weapon Against Weekend Raiders," 10 New Jersey Lawyer 2061, 2001

"New Jersey Ruling Increases Trade Secret Protection," Counsel's Advisory, Washington Legal Foundation, December 15, 2000

"The Earthweb Trap," 161 New Jersey Law Journal 805, 2000

Quoted in "Supreme Court Backs 'Look Through' Jurisdiction, Then Reverses an Arbitration Order," Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation, April 2009

Speaking Engagements
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Boardwalk Seminar 2004, ADA Developments: The Relevance of Recent ADA Decisions to the New Jersey Practitioner, April 23, 2004, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

New Jersey State Bar Association, Equity Jurisprudence Committee Meeting, Drafting and Enforcement of Medical Practice Restrictive Covenants, May 14, 2002, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

New Jersey State Bar Association, Second Annual Business Law Symposium, Confidentiality and Noncompete Agreements: Drafting, Counseling, and Litigation Issues, October 12, 2001, East Brunswick, New Jersey.

New Jersey State Bar Association, First Annual Business Law Symposium, Confidentiality and Noncompete Agreements: Drafting and Counseling Issues, October 13, 2000, East Brunswick, New Jersey.

Listed in Super Lawyers , Business Litigation, 2014

Listed as Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2006

Major Decision Favoring Gibbons Client Affirmed On Appeal
Important Ramifications Expected for Consumer Class Actions

Judicial Clerkship(s)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert N. Wilentz, Chief Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court 1993-1994

Representative Cases
Paff v. Kaltenbach, 204 F.3d 425 (3d Cir. 2000)

Zubi v. AT&T Corp. 219 F.3d 220 (3d Cir. 2000), aff'g 79 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1182 (D.N.J. 1999)

Maniscalco v. Brother Int'l Corp., 793 F.Supp.2d 696 (D.N.J. 2011)

Ross Holding & Mgmt. Co. v. Advance Realty Group, LLC, 2010 Del. Ch. LEXIS 184 (Del. Ch. Sept. 2, 2010)

Allocca v. Wachovia, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26456 (D.N.J. Nov. 4, 2005)

Dicino v. U.S. Healthcare, 2003 WL 21501818 (D.N.J. June 23, 2003)

Clear Technologies v. Khan, 2002 WL 229724 (D.N.J. Feb. 14, 2002)

Total Packaging Corp. v. Tenneco Packaging Corp., 2004 WL 758240 (D.N.J. April 2, 2004)

Metz v. United Counties Bancorp., 61 F. Supp. 2d 364 (D.N.J. 1999)

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Christopher Walsh Attorney at Law
Christopher Walsh
Business & Commercial Litigation

Practice Areas
Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Business & Commercial Litigation
Class Action Defense

Contact Information
One Gateway Center
Newark, NJ 07102-5310

Direct: 973-596-4883
Fax:      973-639-6326
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