Christopher N. LaVigne
Christopher N. LaVigne is a partner and co-founder of the New York office of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP. Chris is an experienced litigator with a proven track record of navigating individuals and companies through high-stakes legal and business issues. He regularly handles complex litigation before federal and state trial courts, appellate courts, and arbitral bodies, as well as investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory and prosecutorial agencies.
Chris has represented companies and individuals in a variety of civil and commercial disputes, including securities class actions, contract disputes, and personal and business tort actions. In addition to his work as a federal law clerk and as a litigator at two of the most distinguished law firms in the U.S., Chris recently served as in-house counsel at a prominent charter network, which operates 50 schools in New York City and oversees more than 3,000 employees. He handled the charter network’s litigation and was responsible for conducting all aspects of important litigation in federal and state court, including briefing, oral argument, discovery, and trial. In this role, Chris earned major court victories; negotiated multi-million dollar technology contracts; navigated and prevented litigation in thorny employee and HR situations; and advised on strategy in response to press inquiries and stories from the New York Times, the New York Post, and the Daily News regarding several high-profile matters.
Chris represents entrepreneurs and individuals in the media and entertainment industries regarding personal and commercial disputes, and advises on the nuanced business issues faced by these individuals. He has represented company executives, boards, and individual board members facing or contemplating litigation and advised them regarding litigation risks of business decisions. He has also represented and advised law firms and lawyers facing professional liability lawsuits, fee disputes, sanctions hearings, and other matters.
Additionally, Chris has represented numerous financial industry professionals – including corporate executives, investment bankers, traders, brokers, investment advisers, compliance officers and back-office personnel – accused of securities, commodities or banking violations in civil actions and in proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of the Inspector General, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Department of Financial Services, and other regulatory bodies. He has represented these professionals and other individuals facing criminal investigations and prosecutions brought by federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities in the United States and foreign venues.
White Collar Criminal Defense
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Civil Rights Litigation
Health Care Law
Securities & Other Regulatory Enforcement
Media & Entertainment
Real Estate & Construction
Defeated injunction sought against charter school for alleged due process violations that would have drastically changed how all NY charter schools operate.
Secured 6-month probationary sentence for client facing 12-15 years imprisonment under federal law for mob-related crimes.
Secured 5-year probationary sentence for a client who faced 8-10 years imprisonment for Internet-related crimes under federal law.
Navigated prominent health care professional unscathed through simultaneous internal and federal criminal investigations into violations of health care laws and regulations.
Advised client on multi-million dollar software license agreements, and other tech-related contracts, and convinced major tech vendor to implement a global change to its privacy policies.
Served as pool counsel for several corporate managers and in-house counsel facing simultaneous internal and federal criminal investigations into fraudulent financial transactions. Safely navigated these clients through the investigations without any finding of wrongdoing.
B.A. (magna cum laude), State University of New York, College at Geneseo, 2006
J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2009
Hon. Vincent L. Briccetti, U.S. District Court, SDNY
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP
Success Academy Charter Schools
Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing
Fordham University School of Law
New York State, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York
Young Lawyers Committee of the New York Courts Historical Society
President, Fordham Urban Law Journal Alumni Association (2011-2014)
Board Member, Fordham Urban Law Center (2013-2014)