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, commercial loans, fiduciary duty and product liability, and unfair and deceptive trade practices, conversion, fraud and other business torts.
Chris has a wide range of experience handling other business disputes for a diverse client base, including commercial matters involving close and publicly-held corporations such as software developers, product 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 commercial real estate, construction and condominium disputes.
In addition, Chris has experience assisting clients with employment, multidistrict litigation and appellate matters, including matters on appeal in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and on the federal level. Chris also has experience assisting clients with administrative investigations and appeals.
Before joining Eckert Seamans, Chris practiced law in Providence, Rhode Island, primarily defending complex tort and professional liability litigation matters.
- Defended at trial CEO/President and majority shareholder of Massachusetts close corporation in derivative and direct shareholder suits involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, tortious interference, conversion, fraud, perjury, injunctive relief and judicial dissolution of corporation;
- 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;
- Represent mortgage lenders in various litigation matters, including petitions to foreclose rights of redemption for mortgaged properties, tax lien matters and borrower disputes;
- Counseled and represented various corporations and professionals in wage and compensation claims involving commission-based and other compensation plans;
- Defended federal land-use suit brought by utility developers under 42 U.S.C. § 1983;
- Represented general contractor in dispute over construction materials detained by Rhode Island fabricator in federal court action;
- Represented product manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and professional corporations in federal multidistrict litigations;
- Represented accountants and accounting firms in cases involving negligence, negligent hiring, breach of contract, defalcation, fraud and civil conspiracy claims;
- Represented clients in various state and federal administrative law proceedings involving Medicaid benefits, Medicare payment investigations, and transportation issues;
- Successfully opposed appeals to the Rhode Island Supreme Court challenging trial court rulings regarding the payment of expert witnesses by opposing party and the dismissal of all claims against emergency room physician in failure to diagnose case;
- 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
Boston Bar Association
The Esplanade Association, Friends Council
New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Volunteer
UNC-Chapel Hill General Alumni Association, Boston Chapter
Sail Martha’s Vineyard
- “Litigation Practice & Strategy: What Every New Civil Litigator Should Know,” Boston Bar Association, February 2015.
- “Beyond the Basics of the Litigation Cycle: Initial Pleadings and Dispositive Motion Practice,” Boston Bar Association, September 2013.
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