Christopher N. LaVigne

Partner | New York

Secretary Laura Gosheff


Christopher is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team and is the Regional Division Leader for the US Dispute Resolution Division.

He is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer with a proven track record of navigating individuals and companies through high-stakes legal and business issues. Chris regularly handles complex litigation before federal and state trial courts, appellate courts, and arbitral bodies, as well as investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory and prosecutorial agencies.

Chris represents and advises numerous digital asset companies, including some of the biggest digital asset exchanges in the world. He is listed in Band 3 for crypto-asset disputes in the 2024 Chambers FinTech USA Guide. One source says "Christopher is a leading light, and provides a very strategic and high level of service. He is phenomenal."  Another states "Christopher is a strategic litigator, with very thoughtful attunement to client service."   He has represented companies and individuals in a variety of civil and commercial disputes, including securities class actions, contract disputes, and personal and business tort actions. He also served as in-house counsel at a non-profit company, where he earned major court victories, negotiated multi-million dollar technology contracts, navigated and prevented litigation in thorny employee and HR situations, and advised on press strategy.

Chris represents entrepreneurs and individuals in the media and entertainment industries regarding personal and commercial disputes, and advises on the nuanced business issues faced by these individuals. He has represented company executives, boards, and individual board members facing or contemplating litigation and advised them regarding litigation risks of business decisions. He has also represented and advised law firms and lawyers facing professional liability lawsuits, fee disputes, sanctions hearings, and other matters.

Additionally, Chris has represented financial industry professionals - including corporate executives, investment bankers, traders, brokers, investment advisers, compliance officers and back-office personnel - accused of securities, commodities or banking violations in civil actions and in proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of the Inspector General, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Department of Financial Services, and other regulatory bodies. He has represented these professionals and other individuals facing criminal investigations and prosecutions brought by federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities in the United States and foreign venues.