Christian offers clients deep experience concerning various business litigation matters, including contract disputes, breach of warranty actions, claims involving non-compete, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements, partnership disputes, and actions involving unfair and deceptive acts and practices.

Recognizing that trade secrets and other intellectual property often comprise the decisive advantage a business has over its competitors, Christian enjoys advising clients about how to protect their information and ideas so as to avoid lawsuits in the first place. He has also successfully represented clients in litigation matters concerning trade secret misappropriation, patent disputes, trademark infringement, and misappropriation of confidential business information. Christian recently published an article in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly examining ways for a startup business to recover full damages in the event someone misappropriates its trade secrets and he spoke at a Massachusetts Bar Association program on that same topic.

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Christian also has years of experience helping clients in construction disputes, including representing architects, engineers, construction companies, and project owners, as well as prosecuting and defending tort and employment matters and representing clients in probate and fiduciary litigation, including trust disputes and partnership disagreements.

Some of his recent successes include:

  • assisting a yacht owner win a 12 day federal jury trial concerning breach of contract and breach of warranty claims leading to a judgment of over $1 million
  • obtaining a significant six-figure settlement for his client in a sales commission dispute
  • helping win a $505,000 jury award after a competitor misappropriated his client’s trade secrets
  • representing two Newton homeowners who recovered major damages in a case involving repeated flooding caused by construction activity on adjacent lots
  • assisting a beneficiary enforce contested trust language to obtain a substantial confidential settlement
  • attaining a sizeable six-figure settlement for his client from a clinic where a mental health therapist violated patient boundaries

Christian also has extensive appellate experience on the state and federal level, including drafting motions, briefs, and conducting oral argument in the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and drafting petitions for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States. He has had success in affirming and overturning rulings from lower courts and one of his appellate victories earned him a front page article in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.