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Christopher L. Lebsock
A partner at Hausfeld LLP, Christopher L. Lebsock represents consumers and businesses in complex legal disputes. For example, he has litigated cases against antitrust violators in the technology sector. Mr. Lebsock has also represented foreign and domestic consumers and businesses in their efforts to recover from airlines that overcharged them for passenger air travel between the United States and Asia/Oceania.
These and other cases in which Mr. Lebsock is involved have a significant international aspect to them, and given the global nature of trade today, future antitrust and securities violations are likely to involve multiple markets around the globe. Mr. Lebsock is actively engaged in a truly global practice—he regularly consults with clients, trade associations, and law firms around the world about competition issues.
Domestically, Mr. Lebsock recently tried a case against Cessna Aircraft Company as a result of an aviation accident in Southern California that resulted in substantial confidential settlements with a number of defendants. In another recent case, Mr. Lebsock represented 119,000 hourly employees of Wal-Mart who were systematically deprived of their employment rights. Following a four month trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Lebsock’s clients in the amount of $172 million. This achievement stands as one of the most satisfying of his career, due primarily to the vast inequality in the employment relationship between Wal-Mart and its hourly employees. Notably the jury’s award included $115 million in punitive damages against Wal-Mart for the way it consciously and systematically disregarded the rights of its employees.
Mr. Lebsock is also a member of the firm’s financial services group and represents investors in matters concerning United States securities laws. He recently represented a public company recover liquidity of its auction rate securities holdings from its investment advisor. Mr. Lebsock has also assisted foreign banking and insurance conglomerates recover losses from toxic investment products sold to them by a number of U.S. investment banks.
Mr. Lebsock has also represented a number of individuals, the California Teachers’ Association and the National Education Association through litigation in the California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the right of gays and lesbians to marry.
Mr. Lebsock represents clients in the trial courts throughout the United States and on appeal, and in many cases consults with them on worldwide conflict resolution strategies.
University of Colorado, Boulder, B.A., 1993; Phi Beta Kappa
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1996
California Supreme Court
Northern District of California
Eastern District of California
Central District of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
State Bar of California, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, former Senior Managing Editor
Christopher L. Lebsock, “Evolving Class Certification Standards in Federal Courts,” The Journal of State Bar of California Litigation Section, November 3, 2010