Christopher S. Ruhland is a trial lawyer who represents clients in complex and significant civil litigation throughout the country. Mr. Ruhland is one of the founding partners of Dechert’s Los Angeles office.
Mr. Ruhland has won trials and appeals in a wide range of business disputes, including fraud, breach of contract, unfair competition, antitrust, and various business torts. For example, he recently won a defense verdict after a month-long jury trial in New York, in which he defeated multi-million dollar breach of contract claims brought by 31 businesses against the world’s largest logistics company, DHL. In another recent case in New York, Mr. Ruhland defeated a nationwide class action alleging that consumers were overcharged many millions of dollars on the price of fuel. In California, he defeated three plaintiffs’ claims of breach of contract, intentional interference, and unfair competition involving the alleged destruction of business on the eve of its sale. When representing clients seeking damages in business cases, Mr. Ruhland has recovered tens of millions of dollars for clients.
Mr. Ruhland also has represented clients in numerous patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret disputes. He recently won a complete victory for a large corporation against one of the most successful patent owners in a case that twice went to the Federal Circuit. He won an appeal in the Federal Circuit for Victoria’s Secret after the company (represented by another firm) had lost millions of dollars in a patent trial involving technology for Internet sales. He also won a jury trial in a trade secrets case in California, in which he defended a large insurance company accused of stealing a competitor’s strategic planning documents. Drawing on his entertainment experience as a former in-house Senior Counsel for The Walt Disney Company, Mr. Ruhland has won numerous cases for media and entertainment companies and has prevailed in arbitrations for movie studios such as Fox, Sony, and Disney.
Mr. Ruhland teaches trial and pre-trial advocacy techniques to other lawyers, and he is a frequent author and speaker on civil litigation and intellectual property topics. He is the author of Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book (Practising Law Institute), a reference guide for attorneys and clients seeking to understand the most significant privilege in the law. He has presented before the International Trademark Association and the United States Copyright Society, has been quoted on legal subjects in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, and has appeared news programs as a legal analyst on MSNBC and Bloomberg.
Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Ruhland was a litigation partner at another large international law firm.
University of California, Irvine, B.A., 1991, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1994, Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
United States District Court for the Southern District of California