Chris Mason is a litigator well known for his extensive experience in class action defense, arbitration, and complex financial disputes. He typically represents consumer products, technology, financial services, private equity or industrial companies in state or federal trial and appellate courts, in domestic arbitration and mediation or in regulatory inquiries. Chris also leads the firm’s Arbitration team of over 150 attorneys.
My primary goal as a lawyer is to help businesses manage the risks and outcomes of significant disputes.
I have defended many large class or mass actions and prosecuted or defended significant cases in more than half of the states in the country, in numerous federal courts and before the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and FINRA.
Procedurally, the landscape on alternative dispute resolution is continuing to change. Having drafted some of the most widely used arbitration clauses in the country, I believe now is the time for many companies to reassess their contracts and dispute resolution programs.
Substantively, I see a resurgence in private antitrust theories, new emphasis on litigation over consumer products related to basic needs as opposed to products involving only discretionary spending (accompanied, however, by an evolving view of what is “basic”), constant risks with respect to the volume and use of data and a continuing need to simplify disputes over complex financial products for businesses.
Law360 | September 06, 2018
This article mentions Complex Commercial Disputes partners Chris Mason, Sarah André, Dan Deane and Seth Horvath as counsel for The New York Bar Foundation and The New York State Bar Association in an amicus brief—filed with the United States Supreme Court—in support of the approval by a California District Court, and the Ninth Circuit, of Google’s settlement involving a “cy pres” remedy in a privacy-related case.
Product Liability Law & Strategy | May 01, 2016
This second installment of a two-part column authored by New York City partners Chris Mason and Kristin Jamberdino discusses litigation centered upon fitness trackers and other personal monitoring devices.
Product Liability Law & Strategy | April 01, 2016
The first installment of a two-part column authored by New York City partners Chris Mason and Kristin Jamberdino deals with the timely issue of resolving claims centered upon fitness trackers and other personal monitoring devices.
Arbitration Alert | 03.21.19
Arbitration Alert | 03.04.19
Arbitration Alert | 01.17.19
Food, Beverage & Agribusiness Alert | 01.02.19
M&A Litigation Alert | 10.09.18
Commercial Litigation Alert | 08.28.17
Duke University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (Order of the Coif)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., summa cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa)
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
U.S. District Court, District of the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Chris has been recognized for his exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of Business Litigation in the 2006–2017 editions of New York Super Lawyers. He has successfully represented clients in a number of substantial class actions and other complex cases in the past several years.
Chris is a member of the Board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination. He has served on the Executive Advisory Committee of CPR: International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation Section, Committee on Commercial and Banking Litigation; Antitrust Section); the New York City Bar Association (Professional Discipline Committee and former member of the Professional Responsibility Committee, the Consumer Affairs Committee; and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee); the New York State Bar Association (Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee); and the Federal Bar Council. He has taught at the New York State Judicial Institute and is regularly appointed as a mediator by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He also serves on the mediation panel for the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Commercial Division. Chris is a former law clerk to the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Chris serves and has served as an officer or board member for various educational, charitable, or religious organizations at the local and national level, ranging from a charity doing long-term recovery work on Hurricane Sandy (of which he was a founding officer) to a multibillion dollar pension fund (of which he was the chair of the governance committee and a member of the executive committee).