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Christopher J. Marino

phone: 617-589-3833
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PRACTICE & FOCUS AREA
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Chris is a business and trial attorney who prides himself on finding the best strategic solutions for his clients. He represents companies and individuals on a broad range of issues, including commercial, probate, real estate, employment, land use and construction matters. He prosecutes and defends claims involving breach of contract, securities laws, shareholder and partnership disputes, landlord-tenant relations, defective construction claims, and insurance coverage disputes.

As a business lawyer, Chris provides practical advice and sound judgment on general business matters, such as formation, contract drafting and negotiations, and financing and leasing, as well as employment and general business counseling.

RESULTS
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  • Obtained a jury verdict worth approximately $6 million for a NYSE-listed company after a three-week trial in Delaware Superior Court in a breach of contract action arising out of defendant’s failure to honor an environmental indemnification.
  • After a two-week jury trial, obtained a unanimous jury verdict successfully defending a real estate developer in a breach of contract action in which plaintiffs sought $7 million in liquidated damages.
  • Obtained more than $8 million in payments on insured’s claims against several insurance companies for property damage after the insurers denied the claim.
  • Won a lawsuit permitting a national real estate developer to develop and sell units in a development project after the developer defaulted on its payment obligations and the seller foreclosed on its mortgage.
  • Successfully represented acquirer in an asset sale against the seller for breach of the representations and warranties about the condition of the assets
  • Represented shareholders in tender offer case appealed to the Delaware Supreme Court, resulting in class benefit of more than $80 million.
  • Defended secured creditor claims in bankruptcy action against breach of fiduciary duty and RICO claims.
  • Obtained dismissal of a class action claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
  • Served as counsel to both majority and minority shareholders in close corporation disputes.
  • Successfully defended employers in class and collective action claims alleging wage and hour, overtime, and misclassification under state and federal law.
REPORTED CASES
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  • Guest-Tek Interactive Entertainment Inc. and Guest-Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd. v. Thomas Pullen and Purehd Ltd., 655 Supp.2nd 42 (D. Mass. 2009) – Briefed and argued for an employer in precedential case holding that Consumer Fraud and Abuse Act applied to employee who copied employees’ confidential and proprietary information in breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Billing v. Credit Suisse First Boston Ltd., 426 F.3d 130 (2d Cir. 2005) – Represented investors before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in which the Court reinstated a lawsuit alleging that Wall Street’s largest investment banks and institutional investors violated federal antitrust laws in connection with the hot issue IPOs of the late 1990s.
  • In re Salomon Analyst Level 3 Litigation, 350 F.Supp.2d 477 (S.D.N.Y. 2004) – Successfully defeated motion to dismiss regarding allegations that Salomon Smith Barney violated securities laws when it issued knowingly false and misleading analyst reports on Level 3 securities to generate investment banking business.
CREDENTIALS
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Distinctions:

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2008-2017

Admitted:

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • United States District Courts for the District of Massachusetts and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First and Second Circuit

Member:

  • Boston Bar Association
MORE THAN A LAWYER
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When Chris isn’t working, he is usually on the sidelines coaching and cheering on one of his three kids.

News & Insights
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Perspectives from New Partners, speaker at BBA Program

How the devil is in the details – in contracts, authored article in Smart Business

Forum Selection Clauses Can Mean Savings for Employers, authored article in New England In-House

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