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Christopher F. Wilson 

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Biography

Educational Background - Law Degree from University of Virginia Law School, Undergraduate BA Degree from Vanderbilt University.
 
Professional Experience: Prosecutor and Defense Counsel as a Captain with the US Army in Germany.  Administrative Law Attorney, Legal Assistance Attorney, and Magistrate with the US Army in California.  Litigation Associate with Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Los Angeles. Founded Christopher Wilson & Associates in 1994.
 
Cases and matters handled at CW&A - primarily public construction cases, including defective specification and differing site condition claims.  Extensive experience serving legal needs of water well drilling companies, from bid protests, through stop notices, drafting subcontracts, mediation, arbitration and jury trial work.  Years of experience working with builders of conventional and zero emission power plants, including transactional work involved in selling solar power facilities.  Extensive experience litigating and consulting concerning False Claims Act issues, licensing issues, construction defect matters, mechanics lien issues, and issues with bonding companies.  Extensive experience consulting about and litigating contractual indemnification rights.  Have assisted in asset purchase agreements for companies as counsel for the seller, and in resolving rights of sellers under asset purchase agreements and executive employment agreements.  Have extensive experience in working with planning agencies and stakeholders concerning disputes about real estate development rights, property line disputes, storm drainage issues, and problems with surveys.  Have served since 1993 as appointed counsel in federal court and California Supreme Court habeas corpus matters.

Background - Got convinced to go to law school in high school after moving around with my family of origin as my Dad worked his way up through the ranks in the US Army Corps of Engineers.  He always thought doing law would be interesting as a second career, and my view has always been that engineering and public construction is a particularly worthy calling and activity.
 
Philosophy - What we look for in associate counsel or experts, and try to exemplify, is 1) avoiding ill-will toward the participants in legal proceeding; 2) avoiding laziness or sloppiness in gathering facts and developing legal and financial arguments; 3) avoiding too much restlessness or worry about things that cannot be undone or problems that may be (or may not be) encountered in the future; 4) proceeding without too much doubt, hesitancy, or second-guessing once the client and lead counsel have agreed on the best next steps.

Personal Information - Committed to writing down 4 things to be grateful for each day; avid pursuer of physical fitness including running, cycling, swimming and hiking, usually 6 days a week; invested in technology that has made law practice tremendously more efficient since my time in law began; not a hoarder - prefer a "one in one out" approach when it comes to categories of material possessions; resolutely people-oriented - meet one new person a week and shake hands (or elbow bump during Covid) with 5 people per day is my goal; avid "reader" of fiction and non-fiction audible books and avid resister of the TV; committed to 100 volunteer hours per year.

Practice Areas

  • Public Construction Matters
  • Non-Public Construction Matters
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Transactions

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1981
    • Honors: Top 20% of class
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1978
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1981
  • California, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1981

Honors

  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Magna Cum Laude

Pro-Bono Activities

  • California Supreme Court Appointed Counsel, 1993 to Present
  • US District Court Appointed Counsel, 1993 to Present

Published Works

  • Punitive Damages in Securities Arbitrations, Los Angeles Lawyer, April, 1994
  • Punitive Damages in Securities Arbitrations, The Review of Securities and Commodities
  • Punitive Damages in Securities Arbitrations (focused on federal law issues), Standard & Poors, November, 1993
  • Current ADR Developments, 1993-1996, ADR Newsletter, Los Angeles County Bar Association, twice a year
  • Mediation of Business Disputes: Opening Briefs and Declarations (co-author), Litigation Section Newsletter (LACBA), winter, 1993
  • Considerations for and Against Use of Case-Testing Mock Juries in Litigation, Inside Litigation (Prentice Hall), 1991
  • Mock Juries, Los Angeles Lawyer, July/August, 1991
  • Trends in Emotional Distress Cases, California Lawyer, October, 1991

Professional Associations

  • L.A. County Bar Association, Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Founding Executive Committee Member

Classes & Seminars

  • Guest Lecturer, Questions and Answers Concerning ADR, California Society of CPA's (Los Angeles and San Francisco), December, 1993 to 1993
  • Guest Lecturer, Recent Developments in ADR, Langston Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter, October, 1993 to 1993

Current Employment Position

  • Lead Attorney

Past Positions

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, 1985 to 1993
  • United States Army, Judge Advocate General Corps, Captain, 1981 to 1985