Meet Chris

Before forming CALO in 2012, I was a partner for three decades at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), specializing in antitrust and intellectual property litigation and counseling.  As the founder and senior leader of the firm’s antitrust practice group, I was privileged to represent many of the iconic companies of the Silicon Valley, such as Apple, Seagate, Sun Microsystems, Google and Tesla–as well as a host of startups that flamed out along the way. My focus at WSGR was on:

  • Counseling tech companies on channel, marketing and pricing issues, Exon-Florio filings, and IP-related antitrust matters such as standard setting, patent misuse, IP settlements, licensing and joint development agreements.
  • Sheparding over 900 mergers through the DOJ, FTC, EU and other international antitrust agencies.  I never lost one in 30 years. Some examples of these transactions may be seen here.
  • Litigating antitrust, securities class actions, employment, trade secret and a variety of complex commercial cases.

My LinkedIn profile can be reviewed here. For now it’s enough to say that I have an abiding passion for—and have acquired a reasonably deep knowledge of—the technology business and the competition laws affecting it.  Complementing my own practice, I was recently retained as an antitrust expert witness in support of Anthem’s litigation against Cigna, arising out of their failed $56 billion merger.

My clients have been gracious and flattering with their reviews of my work. My peers have been generous in their recognition. Even student evaluations from my antitrust courses at U.C. Hastings and the University of Santa Clara School of Law have been kind.

My education background includes graduating with honors from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. degree in engineering; I majored in International Relations, specializing in Chinese studies.  I earned my J.D. degree at New York University School of Law, where I was a Root-Tilden-Scholar and Managing Editor of the Law Review.  Before entering private practice, I served in the Air Force JAG Corps, honored by being selected for the inaugural group of full-time military judges; I was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for that service.

I enjoy outdoor and adventure sports such as skiing, bicycling and hiking–but have no wish to repeat the trek to Mount Everest base camp that my daughter and I made on my 60th birthday.  I am the  proud grandfather of two boys, who live nearby and keep me wondering how I was lucky enough to end up with such great children.