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Christopher H. Lindstrom

Partner / Boston

Overview

Christopher H. Lindstrom is a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and a member in the firm’s Labor, Employment and Benefits practice group. Clients rely on Chris’ broad experience in complex civil litigation matters that have crossed industries ranging from insurance to medical device to telecommunications to healthcare to banking. Clients frequently engage Chris on all aspects of prosecuting and defending against breaches of non-competition and non-disclosure agreements as well as trade secret misappropriation. Chris often advises on the development and implementation of nationwide and local non-compete strategies, including drafting agreements, enforcing restrictions short of litigation, and filing or defending against complaints seeking injunctive relief and damages. Clients rely in particular on Chris’ experience advising on restrictive covenants and other contracts in the context of their distribution and sales networks.

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Company executives and human resource professionals turn to Chris for counseling on employment policies and practices in order to promote a successful workplace and to avoid litigation or claims. Chris regularly represents clients when they find themselves facing claims concerning wage and hour laws, discrimination, wrongful discharge, tortious interference with contractual relations, and unfair trade practices, and ERISA.

Notable Experience and Client Impact

  • Represents multiple Fortune 100 companies in non-compete and non-solicit strategies and litigation across the country
  • Advises on supply chain issues, including employment, restrictive covenant, and distribution contracts
  • Secured injunctive relief to enforce non-compete agreements for clients in many sectors, including manufacturing and medical device
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of client against a former employee who brought claims sounding in disability discrimination, interference with contractual relations, and breach of a stock options agreement
  • Represented government contractor in defending against minority shareholder fiduciary duty claims
  • Earned dismissal of discrimination claims for clients in many commercial segments, including telecommunications, medical device, and food service
  • Represented a medical device company in policing a series of trademarks through several cease and desist letters and negotiations, bringing about very favorable results short of filing in court
  • Defended a biotechnology company against claims of breach of contract and licensing fees relating to the purchase of intellectual property
  • Represented a professional services firm against RICO claims; claims which were dismissed by a federal court in a ruling that was affirmed at the appellate level
  • Capitalizing on his appellate clerkship experience, Chris has appeared before the First, Second, and Seventh Circuits and both levels of Massachusetts appellate courts
  • Secured political asylum for a client who suffered persecution in his home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Recognized for his extensive experience in the non-compete and trade secrets field, Chris conducts recurring seminars on employment law topics to non-profit organizations across Massachusetts, regularly presents before industry leaders, and is quoted by media outlets. Chris founded and co-edits Nutter’s Non-Compete Blog, http://www.noncompetelawbulletin.com/. In addition, he plays a leadership role in the American Bar Association, currently serving as an editor of the Business Torts Subcommittee Journal.

Chris gained previous experience as a clerk to the Massachusetts Appeals Court and as a litigator at a leading New York law firm. During law school, Chris served as managing editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems and was honored as both a James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone scholar.

Experience

Experience

  • Represented a medical device company in policing a series of trademarks

    Representing a medical device company in policing a series of trademarks through several cease and desist letters and negotiations, bringing about very favorable results short of filing in court.

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a medical device company

    Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a medical device company and against a former employee who brought claims sounding in disability discrimination, interference with contractual relations, and breach of a stock options agreement.

  • Defense against claims of breaches of non-competition and non-disclosure agreements

    Pursuing and defending against claims of breaches of non-competition and non-disclosure agreements for a diverse group of employers across the country.

  • Represented a professional services firm against RICO claims

    Representing a professional services firm against RICO claims, claims which were dismissed by a federal court in a ruling that was affirmed at the appellate level.

  • Defended a biotechnology company against claims of breach of contract

    Defending a biotechnology company against claims of breach of contract and licensing fees relating to the purchase of intellectual property. Settled on the eve of an arbitration hearing on terms favorable to the client.

  • Represented several employers in the defense of employee discrimination claims

    Representing several employers, including manufacturers, retailers, food service distributors, and medical device manufacturers, in the defense of employee discrimination claims before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

  • Represented individual defendants as part of trial team against claims of breach of fiduciary duty

    Representing individual defendants as part of trial team against claims of breach of fiduciary duty and freeze-out in close corporation. Following a five day hearing, the arbitrator ruled in favor of the clients on all claims.

  • Represented an equipment leasing company against claims of breach of contract and tortious interference

    Representing an equipment leasing company against claims of breach of contract and tortious interference claims which the court dismissed before trial.

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Honors

Honors

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Stars, 2009-2016

Education & Admissions

Education

Columbia Law School, J.D., James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone scholar

Middlebury College, B.A.

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • New York
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals

Industry Expertise

Recognized for his extensive experience in the non-compete and trade secrets field, Chris conducts recurring seminars on employment law topics to non-profit organizations across Massachusetts, regularly presents before industry leaders, and is quoted by media outlets. Chris founded and co-edits Nutter’s Non-Compete Blog.

Noteworthy

Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Stars, 2009-2016