A trial lawyer with 35 cases-to-jury verdict, Chris Thomas focuses his practice on the aggressive representation of people, businesses and nonprofits. Major clients include universities, utilities, construction and pharmaceutical companies.
My major focus is on civil litigation in the commercial space, including disputes related to contracts and trade secrets. The defense of tort claims and white collar matters are also a significant part of what I do.
At any given time I am conducting work that spans the entire breadth of litigation, from fact development, to trial, to the defense of verdicts on appeal.
Within the next three years, nearly all large document reviews will be conducted using predictive coding. Clients are demanding this as a way of controlling costs and improving results.
Chris Thomas represents various industries in defense of personal injury and wrongful death litigation:
Chris Thomas conducts investigations and defends criminal matters. Representative matters include:
Chris Thomas provides representation to major players in New York’s Marcellus Shale initiative.
Chris Thomas represents newspapers, television stations, reporters and entertainment personalities against various claims related to free speech, reporting, and access to records. Representative matters include:
For nearly 15 years, Chris Thomas has handled a wide range of construction defect claims:
WXXI News | October 04, 2018
Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes partner Chris Thomas joined a roundtable attorney discussion on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings in this radio broadcast episode of Connections.
Democrat & Chronicle | September 13, 2018
Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes partner Chris Thomas is quoted in this article for his representation of a developer in its efforts to build a luxury apartment complex in Pittsford, NY.
WXXI-AM (NPR affiliate in Rochester) | May 22, 2018
Rochester complex commercial disputes partner Chris Thomas participated in this NPR panel discussion about the NFL’s new policy regarding player protests during the U.S. national anthem.
The Democrat and Chronicle | May 10, 2018
Rochester commercial litigation partner Chris Thomas is mentioned in this article about Owen’s House, a new crisis nursery named after Chris’ late son.
Rochester Business Journal | April 17, 2017
Rochester commercial litigation partner Chris Thomas is quoted in this article about the Monroe County Bar Association’s decision to do away with judicial candidate ratings.
State University of New York at Albany, B.A., magna cum laude (with Departmental Honors in Political Science)
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., (Law Faculty Award, National Association of Public Interest Law Award)
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Christopher was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the fields of Commercial Litigation; Litigation—Construction; Product Liability Litigation—Defendants; and Trade Secrets Law. He was also named the 2020 Rochester-NY “Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Litigation—Defendants. Christopher has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2015.
Christopher has also been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 for Litigation: General Commercial (New York (Upstate)). He has also been recognized in previous years.
He was also selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list in 2011-2015. His primary areas of practice are civil litigation defense and business litigation.
Chris Thomas is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Monroe County Bar Association.