Chris Leonardo Counsel

Chris Leonardo has been practicing law for over 20 years. His practice has encompassed a wide range of subject matters, including cases related to the aviation, agribusiness, corrugated paper, chemical, in addition to the computer, credit card, and energy industries. He has represented corporate and individual clients in federal and state courts throughout the country. Chris has played a leadership role in litigation that helped clients recover more than $3.5 billion.

Chris began his career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Manhattan District Attorneys’ office, where he investigated and prosecuted felony offenses through grand jury to trial. For the past 20 years, his practice has focused on serving corporate clients who suffered business injuries as a result of illegal price-fixing cartels in the United States and abroad. Notable cases where Chris took a lead position on behalf of his corporate clients include In re Methionine Antitrust Litigation and In re TFT-LCD Antitrust Litigation. Chris’ antitrust experience also includes a defense-side practice.

Chris is also at the forefront of advising corporate clients, leading AmLaw firms, institutional investors, asset managers, and family offices, in identifying, valuing and monetizing legal assets, including complex commercial claims and litigation portfolios. He has served as the outside General Counsel for a publicly traded fund managing over $600 million allocated to litigation finance opportunities. He also launched and co-managed a litigation finance strategy for a market leading global advisory and restructuring firm. He has likewise served as a Director and member of the Investment Team for an established fund manager with over $750 million in assets devoted to investing in legal assets.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

LITIGATION
  • Represented Tyson Foods and more than 50 other large purchasers of synthetic amino acids in a variety of industries in litigation against methionine manufacturers accused of participating in a global price-fixing cartel. Representation resulted in recoveries of over $325 million for the client group.
  • Represented major purchasers of polyurethane chemicals in price fixing litigation in Kansas and New Jersey. Case settled after five weeks of trial in federal court in New Jersey. Total client recoveries were approximately $500 million.
  • Represented AT&T, Motorola Mobility, Target Stores, and other large purchasers of TFT-LCD displays and products against manufacturers accused of participating in a conspiracy to restrict supply and increase prices of LCD products. Recovered approximately $500 million for the client group.
  • Served as strategic litigation and settlement counsel for over 7,000 claimants in ground-breaking antiterrorism suit against a foreign bank for materially supporting terrorist attacks, resulting in gross client recoveries exceeding $1 billion.
LITIGATION FINANCE
  • Currently represent multi-strategy fund in conducting diligence, claims valuation, and structuring across their litigation investment opportunity set. Advise on corporate claim monetization, law firm portfolio funding, and litigation event-driven investments.
  • Currently represent individual claimant in negotiating large investment commitment involving complex litigation claims.
  • Represented General Partner of privately held investment management fund in conducting due diligence and claims valuation for various investment opportunities involving antitrust, health care, government contracts, and other high-end commercial litigation.
  • Represented Chambers Band 1 commercial litigation firm in ~$25 million litigation portfolio investment opportunity.
  • Advised publicly traded company on claims monetization, pricing, and negotiating strategy for large commercial claim portfolio.
  • Advised privately held gaming company in negotiating and monetizing its Intellectual Property claims with litigation finance company.

EDUCATION

  • 1997 — J.D., American University, Washington College of Law
    • cum laude
  • 1993 — B.A., Gettysburg College

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York