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Christopher Massaroni

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Mr. Massaroni is a trial attorney with experience in many substantive areas, including complex commercial disputes, personal injury and product liability cases, employment matters, construction claims and challenges to the authority of New York State officials. He has successfully litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout New York State, and in numerous other states, and he often appears before New York State agencies and investigative bodies.

Mr. Massaroni regularly represents businesses, individuals, public officials and governmental entities in sensitive and contested matters, including novel cases presenting unique issues of law.  He leads a practice group which prides itself on its aggressive representation of a diverse group of clients.

He has extensive experience in the litigation of corporate disputes, including those involving claims of shareholders, ownership disputes, allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, and intellectual property issues. He also represents management in a variety of labor and employment matters, including discrimination and wrongful termination claims, grievances, and claims of unlawful union activities.

In the personal injury field, Mr. Massaroni has been selected by many national corporations to handle their self-insured personal injury defense claims in Upstate New York, including mass tort and complex product liability cases. He also represents accident victims in wrongful death and major injury cases, and has recovered many millions of dollars on behalf of these clients.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Representation of the Speaker of the New York State Assembly in defense of claims challenging his approval of certain expenditures of State funds (NYS Supreme Court, New York County).

  • Representation of the New York State Public Authorities Control Board and its members in litigation relating to the funding for the replacement bridge for the Tappan Zee Bridge (NYS Supreme Court, Albany County).

  • Representation of a technology company in the prosecution of claims of trademark infringement, cyberpiracy and unfair competition (U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York).

  • Representation of a company and its owners in defense of class action claims accusing the company of violating federal and state wage and hour laws (U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York).

  • Representation of a retail company in the defense of class action claims alleging deceptive sales practices (NYS Supreme Court, Kings County).

  • Representation of the trustee of a testamentary trust in a dispute as to the ownership of shares of a long-time family business (NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department).

  • Representation of a teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a major automobile crash (settlement in excess of $1 million).

Education

J.D., Cornell Law School, 1982

B.A., summa cum laude, Union College, 1979

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

State 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, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Professional Associations

New York State Bar Association

American Association for Justice

New York State Trial Lawyers Association

National Association of Dealer Counsel

CLERKSHIPS

Law Clerk, Hon. John A. MacKenzie, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1982-1983

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Fellow, New York State Bar Foundation
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV
  • Named a Super Lawyer in the 2010-15  Upstate New York editions of Super Lawyers magazine
  • Best Lawyers in America

LECTURER/PANELIST

Frequent lecturer at continuing legal education presentations on issues relating to litigation, trial techniques, corporate disputes and employment matters.

PUBLICATIONS

Contributing author to Personal Injury Defense Techniques (Matthew Bender, 1987)