Christopher H. Wood

Partner

  • location icon Denver, CO
    1700 Lincoln Street
    Suite 4000
    Denver, CO 80203

Chris Wood is a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Antitrust & Competition and the Government Investigations Practices. He possesses 20 years of practice experience, with expertise in antitrust matters, complex litigation, and government investigations. Chris represents clients - plaintiffs and defendants - in state and federal proceedings, spanning domestic and international markets, regulated and unregulated industries. Before joining the firm's Denver office, Chris practiced in another Mountain West state, Utah, providing legal counseling and consulting services. From 1994 to 2011, Chris practiced in Washington, DC with Crowell & Moring LLP, Dickstein Shapiro LLP, and Adams Holcomb LLP.

Chris litigates complex disputes, primarily antitrust and competition law cases, ranging from class actions, to opt-out proceedings, to multi-district litigation. He defends corporations, including Fortune 500 companies, and individuals in federal and state investigations. These investigations often focus on business conduct, particularly behavior relating to industry/market competition and trade practices. Chris's extensive practice experience enables him to provide substantive and effective counseling, training, and tailored audits for clients seeking to successfully navigate the antitrust and fair trade risks inherent in day-to-day commercial dealings and operations.

Representative Cases

  • Co-counsel for putative class alleging manufacturer/OEM vertical and horizontal conspiracies in violation of sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act.
  • Counsel for automotive parts manufacturers in Third Circuit litigation. After three years of pre-trial proceedings, prevailed at trial on all counts pertaining to liability, including monopolization and a violation of the Clayton Act. Case settled on the eve of damages trial for $500 million.
  • Defended carrier in class litigation alleging violations of federal antitrust law and carrier regulations. Class claims favorably settled.
  • Co-counsel for electronics retailers and mobile telephone providers in direct action litigation alleging Sherman 1 violations, and for certain clients, breaches of contract.
  • Represented chemicals company in DOJ criminal investigation pertaining to sales of polychloroprene and ethylene propylene diene monomer, and served as settlement counsel resolving associated federal and state, direct and indirect, class and opt-out litigation.
  • Defended construction contractor in criminal investigation and related False Claims Act action alleging bid rigging on international building projects. Matter concluded with no findings of liability or imposition of criminal fine against client.
  • Advised client on enhancements to corporate compliance policies regarding Sherman Act and ethics practices, developed associated training program, and presented same to multiple business units.
  • Served telecomm entity in a series of successful industry acquisitions in which governmental authorities issued HSR second requests and other demands for information.
  • Defended polyester staple supplier in criminal antitrust investigation and civil litigation. Matter resolved with U.S. government via negotiation whereby cooperation provided in exchange for corporate leniency/amnesty, and employed "first out" settlements with federal and state class plaintiffs to quickly limit and terminate client exposure.
  • Developed and instituted comprehensive records and personnel audit to assess legality of client's business practices vis-à-vis horizontal competitors, leading to revision and enhancement of corporate ethics/code of conduct protocols.
  • Defended client in criminal, "three strikes" felony trial. Jury hung on all counts leading to release for time served.
  • Represented international technologies company in backdating SEC investigation involving rogue executive conduct.

Community Activities

Served as a director for Legal Transformation Institute, designing business models and funding mechanisms for lawyer/non-lawyer entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs seeking to deliver cost-effective legal services and products.

Personal Statement

Chris is dedicated to his trade and clients, but does make time to recreate. Chances are, if not in the office, you'll find him in the mountains, skiing in the winter and mountain or road biking during other months.

Admissions

District of Columbia

Colorado

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Education

College of William & Mary

Juris Doctor, Law Foundation Scholar, 1994

Washington & Lee University

Bachelor of Arts, Politics, Phi Beta Kappa, 1990

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