Christopher H. Wood

Partner

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    1700 Lincoln Street
    Suite 4000
    Denver, CO 80203
  • location icon Washington, D.C.
    2112 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Suite 640
    Washington, D.C. 20037

Christopher Wood is a partner in the firm’s Denver and Washington, D.C. offices, and a member of the Antitrust & Competition Practice. He has 25 years of practice experience, with expertise in antitrust, complex and commercial litigation, and government investigations. Chris represents plaintiffs and defendants (from individuals to Fortune 500 companies) in state and federal proceedings, spanning domestic and international markets. His case experience, primarily in antitrust and competition law, ranges from private party litigation, to class actions, to opt-out proceedings, in regulated and unregulated industries. Chris also focuses on commercial as well as intellectual property matters, managing and handling all phases of business litigation. His extensive practice experience has aided him in providing effective counseling, training, and tailored audits for clients seeking to successfully navigate the antitrust and fair trade risks inherent in day-to-day operations.

Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Chris practiced in Washington, D.C. with Crowell & Moring, and then as a partner at Dickstein Shapiro as well as Adams Holcomb, an antitrust boutique. Chris currently is the chair of the Colorado Bar’s Business Law Section’s Antitrust and Consumer Protection subsection and is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, teaching antitrust and competition law.

Representative Cases

  • Antitrust counsel for complainant in ITC Investigation and counterclaimant in District of New Jersey, alleging violations of Section 337 of the Tariff Act and the Sherman Act, respectively, arising from alleged anticompetitive horizontal and vertical conduct associated with respondent’s distribution model and related market practices. Dispute currently pending in federal court.
  • 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.
  • Counsel in California federal court proceeding for nation’s largest irrigation district alleging monopolization and other unfair trade practices against independent service operator (ISO).  Settlement pending.
  • 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.

Professional Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “Bid Rigging and the Ever-Growing Consumer Protection Act,” Colorado Bar Association, September 2019. Presentation addressed the scope of bid rigging, including non-traditional interpretations of the conduct as well as the 2019 amendments to Colorado’s CPA and the impact of those amendments on consumers and businesses alike.
  • Co-Presenter, “Bid Rigging and Other Threats to Effective Procurement,” Colorado Bar Association, July 2019.  Presentation provided a fresh look at how contractors and procurement officers can find themselves on the wrong end of bid-rigging investigations tied to private party and public projects at both the state and federal level.
  • Co-Presenter, “Antitrust Law:  Competition Matters,” Colorado Bar Association, Business Law Institute, September 2018. Christopher presented on the topic: “Antitrust Law: Competition Matters” at the 2018 Business Law Institute held at the Denver Ritz-Carlton on September 13, 2018.  Presentation covered a range of antitrust matters including: merger enforcement; non-solicitation agreements; product importation as it relates to the FTAIA and comity principles; and pricing algorithms/scraping. ”

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • Colorado
    • District of Columbia
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Admissions

District of Columbia

Colorado

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Chair, CBA Antitrust Subsection
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section Executive Board
  • American Bar Association
    • Antitrust Law Section

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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