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Christopher F. Wong

Shareholder Los Angeles

Chris Wong is a shareholder in the Los Angeles office. He has extensive experience handling a wide range of complex litigation matters, with a focus on class action defense, disability access cases, and real estate litigation. He also continues to devote a substantial portion of his practice to general commercial litigation. Chris has represented clients in state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate levels, and in arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Chris was a litigation partner in two national law firms as well as in a litigation boutique that he co-founded. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. in English, with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley. Chris lives with his wife and three daughters in Manhattan Beach, California.


Experience

Disability Access

Mr. Wong’s disability practice principally involves defending clients in class action and complex litigation challenging the accessibility of their facilities. He has worked with retailers, hotels, stadium owners and operators, governmental entities and others in litigation concerning alleged violations of state and federal disability access laws. His experience includes work under Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some examples include:

  • Defending large municipality in multiple class actions challenging the accessibility of the sidewalk and curb system to persons with mobility disabilities
  • Defending national retailers against claims concerning the accessibility of stores, parking lots, pedestrian pathways and other facilities
  • Defending clients against claims concerning the accessibility of websites to persons with vision disabilities
  • Defending clients against claims concerning the accessibility of transportation services to persons with mobility disabilities
  • Litigating class certification issues, class discovery and a wide range of motion practice concerning the viability of alleged disability access and discrimination claims

Class Actions

Mr. Wong has defended numerous class actions in state and federal courts involving a wide variety of subjects, including disability access claims, securities fraud, and construction defects. Some examples include:

  • Defending a global financial services company in a federal securities class action asserting fraud claims concerning a $140 million bond offering
  • Defending the issuer in a multimillion dollar securities offering against state class action fraud claims
  • Defending the developer of a planned residential development against construction defect claims brought by a class of homeowners
  • Defending a West Coast drug store chain in a consumer class action involving alleged pricing violations
  • Defending a major municipality in federal and state court class actions alleging disability access violations on behalf of a class of over 200,000 individuals
  • Counseling clients on all aspects of class action litigation, including opposing class certification, phasing discovery, dispositive motion practice, and negotiating settlements

Litigation

For more than 25 years, Mr. Wong has had an extremely wide-ranging practice in commercial litigation matters. His work has focused on real estate litigation, including representing developers, commercial landlords, property owners and operators, retailers, lenders, brokers and others in various disputes concerning the purchase and sale of real property, fraud claims, construction issues, nuisance, financing, and alleged breach of commercial leases and other contracts. His litigation practice has also included handling cases involving breach of contract claims, partnership and close corporation disputes, accounting practices, breach of fiduciary duty claims, investment fraud, unfair competition, trade secrets, business torts and other business matters.  

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