Christopher is an experienced shareholder lawyer and partner in BLB&G’s corporate governance practice group. Christopher’s practice is focused on breach of fiduciary duty litigation on behalf of shareholders against boards and senior executives. Christopher has led and been a key member of teams that have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for investors, improved corporate governance practices at companies, and vindicated fundamental shareholder voting and franchise rights.
Christopher is currently prosecuting a number of high-profile shareholder litigations, including In re MindBody, Inc. Stockholder Litigation and In re Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. Merger Litigation. Christopher was a key member of the trial teams in In re Appraisal of Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. and In re BGC Partners, Inc. Derivative Litigation.
Among numerous other of his notable recoveries, Christopher has led and been a key member of teams prosecuting a number of the firm’s most significant litigations, including:
- In re Starz Stockholder Litigation ($92.5 million settlement)
- In re Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. Stockholders Litigation ($32.5 million and enhanced corporate governance protections settlement)
- 3-Sigma Value Financial Opportunities LP, et al. v. Jones, et al. (CertusHoldings, Inc.) ($19.2 million settlement)
- In re Vaalco Energy, Inc. Consolidated Stockholder Litigation (obtained ruling preventing Delaware corporations with unclassified boards from using bylaws to shield directors from being removed without cause)
- Fire and Police Retiree Health Care Fund, San Antonio, et al. v. Smith, et al. (Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.) (settlement consisting of $20.5 million cash payment, $5 million dedicated by the Board to implement corporate governance measures, and cancellation of an individual defendant’s stock awards)
- In re Tile Shop Holdings, Inc. Litigation (obtained temporary restraining order and settlement consisting of a $12 million cash payment and significant non-monetary benefits).
Christopher obtained his joint J.D. and M.B.A. from Villanova University School of Law and School of Business. He completed the four-year joint degree program in only three years. Additionally, Christopher obtained his B.A. in Economics from Yale University, where he was Captain of the Varsity Baseball Team. He is the co-author of “Entire Fairness Or Business Judgment? It’s Anyone’s Guess,” which was published by Law360 in 2015 and “The X's and O's of Football's Offseason of Discontent,” which was published by the New York Law Journal in 2011. He is the author of “If You Ain’t Cheating You Ain’t Trying!” and “The Shifting Meaning of 'Fair Value,' From Corwin to Dell: Recent Rulings and Reversals in Delaware's Courts May Spell Trouble for Investors," which were published by The Advocate for Institutional Investors in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
Christopher serves as a guest lecturer on shareholder rights and corporate litigation at the Villanova University School of Law and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Christopher is also a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association, as well as the National Italian American Foundation. He is a member of the Villanova Law Alumni Mentoring Program.
In recognition of his accomplishments, Christopher has been named by Thomson Reuters to the "Rising Star" Super Lawyers list since 2015 and was recently chosen by Benchmark Litigation for its 2021 “40 & Under Hot List.”