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EDUCATION

George Washington University Law School J.D., With Honors, 2002

Georgetown University B.S., 1996

 

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

California 2008                                               

Washington D.C. 2003

Virginia 2002

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Christopher R. Pantel

SENIOR COUNSEL


(California State Bar No. 256569) is a litigator with seventeen years of experience in complex commercial litigation, class actions, contract and business disputes, internal investigations, consumer rights, and wage and hour law.

Mr. Pantel began his career in the Complex Litigation and Business Fraud practice group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Mr. Pantel worked on high-profile matters for multiple corporate entities, including Enron and WorldCom, and he served with the Independent Monitor overseeing AOL’s Deferred Prosecution Agreement between 2005 and 2006.  He also investigated an Oil-for-Food matter in Europe.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Pantel interned with the Office of the General Counsel (Civil Litigation Unit) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C., and also with Judge Paul W. Grimm of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Mr. Pantel has extensive trial procedure experience and is a veteran of hundreds of court appearances and depositions, both state and federal. In addition to his trial experience, Mr. Pantel represents clients in arbitration, mediation and administrative proceedings.

Mr. Pantel graduated from Georgetown University (SFS) with a B.S. in Foreign Service in 1996. He received his J.D., With Honors, from George Washington University Law School in 2002. He is admitted to practice law in California (2008), Washington D.C. (2003) and Virginia (2002).


Representative Matters

  • Enron Company, achieved dismissal of an adversarial proceeding (contract dispute purportedly valued in excess of $60 million) appurtenant to bankruptcy;

  • WorldCom, Inc., in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission v. WorldCom, Inc., Civil Action 02 CV 4963 (S.D.N.Y.) (June 27, 2002);

  •  Conducted an Oil-for-Food investigation in Europe, and drafted the report of findings;

  •  Conducted an internal investigation for a pharmaceutical company in connection with DOJ and SEC allegations of FCPA violations;

  • Served (2005-2006) with the Independent Monitor assigned to America Online per its Deferred Prosecution Agreement and drafted a report for the DOJ;

  • Represented a large pipe manufacturer in connection with a qui tam lawsuit, as well as litigation against two international law firms for legal malpractice and conflict of interest;

  • Represented the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii in a successful bad faith action against an international insurance broker;

  • Represented an asbestos manufacturer in numerous mass tort actions, and prevailed at the summary judgment stage in several cases;

  • Prevailed against a Southern California municipality on behalf of a longtime-employee thereof seeking damages for hostile work environment, retaliation and constructive discharge;

  • Prevailed against a restaurant chain in a wage and hour class action on behalf of hundreds of current and former employees for failure to comply with California wage and hour laws;

  • Defense of the City of Los Angeles in a wage and hour class action for purported failure to provide meal and rest breaks; prevailed on the City’s motion for summary judgment; and

  • Defense of the County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District in employment and negligence cases pending in state and federal court.