72 Pine Street
Providence, RI 02903
Chris Stephens focuses his civil and commercial litigation practice on resolving business disputes for clients in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Chris has considerable experience litigating complex business cases involving commercial contract disputes, close corporations, commercial loans, fiduciary duty liability, and unfair and deceptive trade practices, conversion, fraud and other business torts. Recently, as second chair trial attorney, Chris defended a corporate officer and director from direct and derivative claims brought by minority shareholders.
Chris also has a wide range of experience handling other business disputes for a diverse client base, including commercial matters involving software developers, medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, private health care organizations, private utility companies, domestic importers, and a variety of financial professionals and organizations, including accountants and insurance brokers. Chris also routinely handles construction and condominium disputes.
In addition, Chris has experience assisting clients with employment, multidistrict litigation and appellate matters, including matters on appeal to the United States Supreme Court and the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
Before joining Eckert Seamans, Chris practiced law in Providence, Rhode Island for a number of years, primarily defending a variety of financial professionals and health care providers in complex tort and professional liability litigation matters.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of corporate officer and director in commercial loan dispute involving allegations of fraud, misrepresentation, breach of contract and M.G.L. c. 93A violations;
- Defended federal land-use suit brought by aspiring utility developers under 42 U.S.C. § 1983;
- Counseled corporate attorneys on various matters involving, inter alia, federal court interpretation of broker-dealer registration requirements pursuant to Securities Exchange Act of 1934;
- Represented foreign general contractor in dispute over goods wrongfully detained by Rhode Island fabricator in federal court action;
- Represented product manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and professional corporations in federal multidistrict litigations;
- Defended commercial vessel owners and operators in toxic tort litigation involving construction materials used to build ships;
- Persuaded Rhode Island trial court to dismiss all claims against an emergency room physician shortly before trial in failure to diagnose case. Briefed and successfully opposed two subsequent appeals of trial court ruling to the Rhode Island Supreme Court;
- Represented accountants and accounting firms in cases involving negligence, negligent hiring, breach of contract, defalcation, fraud and civil conspiracy claims;
- Obtained favorable, prompt settlement for a financial planning corporation in an ERISA action filed by a profit sharing plan;
- Successfully represented client in federal administrative law proceedings regarding Medicare overpayment investigation;
- Successfully opposed petition for writ of certiorari to the Rhode Island Supreme Court challenging a trial court ruling regarding the payment of expert witnesses by opposing party;
- Enforced mechanics' liens on behalf of a multinational excavation company;
- Served as Rhode Island and Massachusetts local counsel in a variety of business disputes.
Mass Tort Litigation
J.D., Boston College Law School, 2006, cum laude
B.S.B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003, Kenan-Flagler Business School
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
Rhode Island Bar Association
The Esplanade Association, TEA Council
New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Volunteer
UNC-Chapel Hill General Alumni Association, Boston Chapter
Sail Martha’s Vineyard
- “Beyond the Basics of the Litigation Cycle: Initial Pleadings and Dispositive Motion Practice,” Boston Bar Association, September 2013.
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