Christopher P. Johnson is a principal in McKool Smith's New York office. Christopher focuses on complex civil litigation, including commercial, securities, products liability, and constitutional litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution. He is both a trial and appellate lawyer, with extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, from pre-trial proceedings, evidentiary hearings, and trials through appeals and matters before the U.S. Supreme Court. Over the past several years, Christopher has focused primarily on litigation relating to structured financial products, including residential mortgage-backed securities.
Christopher has significant experience in the management and coordination of litigations involving hundreds of individual related actions. Having successfully conducted one of the nation’s first Daubert hearings (resulting in a seminal opinion), Christopher is also well-versed in the application and admissibility of expert opinion evidence. He is recognized by Super Lawyers as a leading lawyer in New York for Securities Litigation, Business Litigation, and Appellate matters.
Christopher received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Fordham University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Prior to joining McKool Smith:
- Federal Housing Finance Agency, as conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in several actions against financial institutions for rescission or damages arising from, among other things, misrepresentations concerning pools of mortgage loans that underlie residential mortgage-backed securities.
- Trustees of residential mortgage-backed securities trusts in numerous breach of contract "putback" actions against major financial institutions.
- Billion-dollar hedge fund in contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims against major national banks arising from a portfolio credit default swap wrapped by a credit-linked note structure.
- Litigation trust formed from the bankruptcy of one of the nation's largest commodities brokerage firms, resulting in Christopher's prosecution of hundreds of individual actions simultaneously.
- Several hundred individual plaintiffs in the nation's largest pharmaceutical products liability litigation.
- Law firms, hedge funds, and other partnerships or limited liability companies in the litigation, arbitration and mediation of issues arising from dissolution.
- Liquidation trust formed from the bankruptcy of a nationwide beverage manufacturer, resulting in Christopher's prosecution of actions against insiders, auditors, financial advisors, and other third parties.
- Trade association for firearms manufacturers in the litigation of various constitutional issues (principally involving the commerce clause and the Second Amendment) and commercial disputes, as well as in federal and state legislative matters.
Rankings & Honors
- Recognized as as New York Super Lawyer for Securities Litigation, Business Litigation, and Appellate matters (2013, 2016-2018)
Community & Professional Activities
- New York County Lawyers Association
- New York City Bar Association
- “Preparing a Challenge to the Admissibility of Expert Testimony in the Federal and State Courts of New York,” the N.Y. State Bar Association’s Products Liability in New York, Strategy and Practice
- “Selection of Experts, Expert Disclosure and the Pretrial Exclusion of Expert Testimony,” West’s Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts
Media & Events
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1986
B.A., summa cum laude, Fordham University, 1982
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Tenth, and Federal Circuits
- U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- U.S. Tax Court
- New York