- Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
- Honors: cum laude
- University of Alabama
- Honors: with Honors
- Major: English
- Appellate Externship Service Recognition Award, Honorable J. Robin Hunt
- CALI Award, Federal Courts
- CALI Award, Advanced Constitutional Law: First Amendment and the Internet
- CALI Award, Comparative Juvenile Justice and Criminal Law
- Rising Star, Washington Law & Politics Magazine, 2017-2020
- U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Washington
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
Since joining PCVA, Christopher has utilized his unique skill sets in working closely with Darrell Cochran in spearheading PCVA's Class Action, Multidistrict Litigation, and Complex Litigation practices, obtaining tremendous results for his clients, such as a $7.5 million settlement with MultiCare on behalf of patients victimized by improper medical services liens; PCVA's Error 53 lawsuit prompting Apple to issue a software fix and an apology to consumers worldwide within days of filing; a $1.5 million class action settlement for over 900 restaurant workers wrongfully denied pay for overtime and missed meal and rest breaks, tip pool violations, and automatic service charge violations; and a consent decree requiring the University of Washington, subject to PCVA oversight, to bring all Seattle campus parking facilities into full ADA compliance for individuals with mobility impairments.
Chris also has leveraged his years of appellate experience in successfully representing his clients, including the Washington State Supreme Court’s landmark decision in W.H. v. Olympia Sch. Dist. holding that school districts are strictly liable for employees’ sexual abuse of students under the Washington Law Against Discrimination; the Washington State Supreme Court’s pair of decisions in Ralph v. State of Washington Department of Natural Resources overturning over one hundred years of outdated Washington law and upholding property owners’ choice of venue in property damage lawsuits; and successfully defending on appeal a $1.45 million verdict against the Olympia School District in a student sex abuse case.
However, Chris’s successful advocacy in legally complex, high-stakes matters begins at the trial court level, rapidly deploying to cases throughout PCVA. Whether it’s preserving a $13 million verdict in post-trial motions practice; developing winning arguments on novel issues in summary judgment and other motions practice; crafting jury instructions that navigate uncharted waters of Washington law; preserving issues for appellate review; defeating numerous motions for discretionary appellate review that could delay a case for years; or obtaining discretionary review of critical issues, Chris does not hesitate to dive head first into PCVA’s toughest cases on behalf of its clients. Chris and PCVA have even provided legal and appellate consultation services for other law firms in complex, multimillion dollar matters.
Christopher, an Alabama native, earned his bachelor's degree in English with honors from the University of Alabama. After completing his undergraduate studies, Christopher knew the "what" of his future law school but not the "where." Armed in those pre-smartphone days with nothing more than a Rand McNally road atlas and the old adage, "Go West, young man," Christopher crossed the Mississippi, the Mojave, and the Cascades in search of his destination. At his first glimpses of the Gorge, the Columbia, the Mountain, and Puget Sound, Christopher immediately knew he had found not just a waystation, but a home in Washington State.
While attending law school at the Seattle University School of Law, Christopher interned as a judicial law clerk at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division Two. After graduating cum laude from law school, Christopher was hired to work briefly as a judicial law clerk at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division Three, sight-unseen and based solely on the glowing recommendations of Division Two judges. Ultimately, Christopher would go on to serve as a judicial law clerk for seven different judges at Division Two before joining PCVA.
When not at the office, Christopher enjoys low and slow smoking on his pellet grill; back-country hiking; exploring every corner of his adopted home; and proudly supporting local industries by sampling from the cornucopia offered by Washington's farmers, fishermen, ranchers, brewers, vintners, coffee roasters, and cheesemakers.
- Ralph v. State of Washington Department of Natural Resources (Ralph I), 182 Wn.2d 242 (2014)
- Ralph v. State of Washington Department of Natural Resources (Ralph II), 187 Wn.2d 326 (2016)
- Steel v. Olympia Early Learning Center, 195 Wn. App. 811 (2016)
- Walker v. Hunter Donaldson, LLC, 196 Wn. App. 1037 (2016)
- Gutierrez v. Olympia School District, 184 Wn. App. 1059 (2014)
- $7,500,000 consumer protection class action settlement for thousands of motor vehicle accident victims who suffered deceptive collection practices regarding their medical bills
- $1,500,000 class action settlement for over 900 restaurant workers wrongfully denied pay for overtime and missed meal and rest breaks, tip pool violations, and automatic service charge violations
- Confidential class action settlement that included full reimbursement and additional payment for 169 clients whose Apple devices were made inoperable by Error 53 bug
- Consent decree for individuals with mobility impairments requiring University of Washington, subject to PCVA oversight, to bring all Seattle campus parking facilities into full ADA compliance
- W.H. v. Olympia Sch. Dist., ___ Wn.2d ___, 465 P.3d 322 (2020)
- Hamaker v. Highline Med. Ctr., 8 Wn. App. 2d 1012 (2019)
- Medical Liens, Subrogation Deskbook, Washington State Association for Justice
- Offers of Judgment, Employment Law Deskbook, Washington State Association for Justice
- Foreign Products, Products Liability Deskbook, Washington State Association for Justice
- Boyer v. Morimoto: Ensuring Your Nonresident Medical Experts Are Up to Washington’s Standards, WSAJ Trial News, May 2020, Washington State Association for Justice
- Washington State Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice
- American Bar Association
- Washington State Association for Justice Court Rules Committee, Chair, 2018 to Present
- Washington State Association for Justice Court Operations Task Force, Legal Subcommittee, Chair, 2020 to Present
- Supreme Court of the State of Washington Court Recovery Task Force – Civil Litigation Subcommittee, 2020 to Present
- Supreme Court of the State of Washington Rules of Appellate Procedure Workgroup, 2018
Classes & Seminars
- Playing the Long Game: Trial and Beyond from an Appellate Perspective, “Personal Injury Bootcamp,” September 6, 2018, Washington State Bar Association
- Wrongful Death Cases: Overview, Recent Amendments, and Interactions with Other Laws, “WSAJ Summer Webinar Series,” July 9, 2019, Washington State Association for Justice
- Wrongful Death Cases: The New Statutory Changes, “TPCBA Annual Tort Law Seminar,” October 25, 2019, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
- Hunter Donaldson Lessons About Medical Services Liens: Sharpening Our Practices, WSAJ Summer Conference Call Seminar Series,” May 2015, Washington State Association for Justice