Christopher H. Wood

Partner

Christopher Wood is a partner in the Denver and Washington, D.C. offices of Lewis Brisbois, and is a member of the firm’s Antitrust Practice. He has over 25 years of experience, with expertise in antitrust, government investigations, and complex and commercial litigation. Chris represents plaintiffs and defendants (from individuals to Fortune 500 companies) in state and federal proceedings, spanning domestic and international markets. His antitrust and competition law experience includes private (single and multi) party litigation, class actions, and opt-out proceedings in regulated and unregulated industries. His extensive practice experience has aided him in providing effective counseling, training, and tailored audits for clients navigating the antitrust and fair trade risks inherent in daily operations.

Chris also focuses on other commercial and intellectual property matters, managing and handling all phases of business disputes. In recent years, the subject of these representations has involved statutory, constitutional, and common law claims arising from disputes over, among others, commercial real estate transactions, trademark usage, private entity membership interests, service contracts, consulting agreements, and consumer rights.

Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Chris practiced with Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office, and then as a partner at two other DC firms. 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 law.

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. Presentation covered a range of antitrust matters including merger enforcement; non-solicitation agreements; product importation as it relates to the FTAIA and comity principles; pricing algorithms; and data 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 and Consumer Protection Subsection
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section Executive Board
  •  District of Columbia Bar (DCB)
  • American Bar Association

Education

College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law

Juris Doctor, Law Foundation Scholar, 1994

Washington & Lee University

Bachelor of Arts, Politics, Phi Beta Kappa, 1990

Representative Matters

  • Counsel defending national lodging company in federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas. Plaintiffs primarily allege horizontal antitrust conspiracies at multiple levels of the hotel room booking & distribution chain, with client asserting Lanham Act and state/common law infringement and unfair competition counterclaims. Litigation pending.
  • Antitrust counsel for trade association defendant in federal antitrust litigation in the District of Connecticut alleging Sherman Act violations, including group boycott, price fixing, and monopsony, as well as state law antitrust and common law tort claims, stemming from alleged anticompetitive horizontal dealings surrounding the licensing of public performance rights. Litigation pending with dispositive motions presently before the court.
  • 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 household goods 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.
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