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Christopher Duffy
Christopher Duffy
Partner — Shareholder Litigation & Enforcement
Partner — Shareholder Litigation & Enforcement

Christopher Duffy

Christopher Duffy
New York

The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036

Christopher Duffy

A seasoned New York litigator, Chris’s practice focuses on complex commercial trials and appeals, arbitrations, and government investigations. He represents clients in a number of industries, from technology to professional sports, and has significant experience representing large financial institutions in complex matters.

Experience Highlights

  • As co-lead trial counsel for a major international banking firm, delivered the summation to the jury and cross-examined the plaintiff’s CEO, COO, and expert witness on damages. After a nine-day trial, the jury returned a verdict in less than three hours, eliminating all of the plaintiff’s claims for more than $100 million in alleged damages and interest

  • As lead counsel for a major U.S. investment bank, prevailed at trial in the Delaware Court of Chancery, and in a subsequent appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court, in a dispute over the meaning of indemnification provisions in corporate by-laws

  • Defended civil litigation brought by the New York Attorney General relating to the operation of a major investment bank’s private trading platform

  • Defended a major investment bank and several of its former employees in litigation and arbitration centering on whether particular transactions qualified as swaps, security-based swaps or security-based agreements, for purposes of determining the application of the Commodities Exchange Act

  • As co-lead counsel for a large investment firm, prevailed at trial in the Delaware Court of Chancery, resulting in a judgment that a hedge fund breached its fiduciary and contractual duties by raising “gates” to block the redemption of a seed investment

  • Secured a full defense verdict in a jury trial of claims brought by a public company seeking control of the client’s board of directors and billions of dollars of its assets

  • Won a rare appellate reversal of a jury verdict in a multibillion dollar fraud trial arising from a public-to-private M&A deal

  • Represented a creditor in pursuing and successfully settling claims arising from an ISDA-governed interest rate swap agreement in the Title III PROMESA restructuring of Puerto Rico’s Sales Tax Financing Corporation

  • Regularly served as lead counsel for clients involved in external investigations by FINRA, the SEC, the New York Attorney General, and other government agencies

  • Won a full dismissal of claims brought by a former top cable television executive asserting an ownership interest in a major cable network

  • Won the dismissal of all damages claims in a fiduciary duty lawsuit brought by a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee against a private equity firm and several of its principals, arising from the bankruptcy of one of the firm’s portfolio companies

  • Served as lead counsel in multiple confidential FINRA arbitrations for financial industry clients

Credentials

  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2001 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Senior Editor, Columbia Law Review)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.A., Communication Studies, 1997
  • University of Virginia, B.A., English, 1994
  • Prior to joining the firm, Chris was a partner in the New York office of a global litigation law firm.
  • Board of Directors: New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Second, Third, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • The Statutory Classification of Cable-Delivered Internet Service, 100 Columbia Law Review 1251, 2000