Two North Riverside Plaza, Suite 1850
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Christopher J. Murdoch
Mr. Murdoch has over thirty years of experience handling complex commercial litigation and arbitrations. He is licensed to practice in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. His clients include Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, middle market businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals. His practice focuses on transactional and commercial disputes, trade regulation, including antitrust, business torts, trademark and copyright infringement, consumer protection claims and class actions, insurance coverage, and professional negligence. Mr. Murdoch has extensive experience with construction related disputes, including delay claims, design and construction errors, and liens. Mr. Murdoch also represents public agencies and governmental units, especially in connection with transportation issues, including eminent domain.
Mr. Murdoch is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and has handled jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations throughout the country. Representative trials include:
Defended one of the largest insurance and financial institutions in the country against claims by over seventy elderly plaintiffs alleging the company's former agent perpetrated a Ponzi scheme that defrauded them of over $100 million. After a five week trial during which the former agent testified for the plaintiffs while incarcerated and the plaintiffs sought punitive damages in excess of $1 billion, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendants.
Represented multi-state home builder and developer against copyright infringement claims brought by a competing developer who alleged their townhome designs were substantially similar. Following four week trial in which plaintiffs sought over $250 million in damages, the jury found in favor of Mr. Murdoch's client.
Represented a local hospital against claims brought by general contractor seeking cost overruns and claims for extras exceeding $9 million on the construction of new emergency medical facility. The jury rejected 95% of the claims after a three week trial.
Defended a private equity firm in a case involving the sale of one of its portfolio businesses. The purchaser claimed Mr. Murdoch's client had breached the representations and warranties in the purchase and sale agreement. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the seller.
Defended a manufacturer of industrial grinding equipment against breach of warranty claims brought by one of its largest customers. After three week jury trial in which customer sought damages that would have bankrupted the manufacturer, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Murdoch's client.
Successfully represented a regional bank in its claim against its former legal counsel for professional malpractice, recovering fees and costs paid and damages.
Mr. Murdoch has also tried numerous eminent domain condemnation suits. In addition, he has extensive experience with financial industry and securities arbitrations. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer for several years.
The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1987
Georgetown University, B.A., 1984