Christopher N. LaVigne


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 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 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.

Track record




Federal clerkship

Defeated claims of securities fraud, violations of the Commodities Exchange Act, and common-law fraud, among others, against one of the top digital asset exchanges in the world related to the exchange’s decision to halt trading of a digital asset in light of an SEC civil lawsuit alleging the issuer of the asset conducted an unregistered securities offering.

Secured jurisdiction in the US over a long-running cross border commodities fraud dispute involving a top digital asset exchange and secured a ruling that a former customer breached the arbitration agreement in the exchange’s binding terms of service by threatening to and actually suing the exchange in the UK.

Secured a precedent-setting decision that the physical address associated with our client’s business – one of the top digital asset exchanges in the world – may qualify as a trade secret and a former employee may be liable under the Defend Trade Secrets Act for their public disclosure of the company’s address. (Please replace the current first example with this (less complex) description.)

State of New York, 2010

Southern District of New York, 2010

Eastern District of New York, 2017

Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 2019

FTX collapse – 5 ways in which investors can seek recourse,’ Withers Insight - November 18, 2022 co-author

Federal Bar Council

Young Lawyers Committee of the New York Courts’ Historical Society

Board Member, Fordham Law Alumni Association

Law Clerk, Honorable Vincent L. Briccetti, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York



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