Christopher J. Major is a member of Meister Seelig & Fein LLP's commercial litigation group. Mr. Major represents clients in a variety of complex commercial litigation cases in federal and state court as well as before arbitration panels. Mr. Major's practice focuses on breach of contract; business torts including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair trade practices; real estate disputes; product liability; bankruptcy litigation; and trade secret misappropriation and non-compete claims. In addition to jury and bench trials, Mr. Major has extensive experience in arbitration hearings, injunctions, and other pre-judgment remedy evidentiary hearings.
Mr. Major has represented a wide variety of clients such as: a private equity group seeking to make a $50 million substantial controlling investment in a publicly-traded bank holding company; the owner of a Manhattan office tower in litigation against a competing developer that sought to acquire the office tower by purchasing the $250 million mortgage loan against the property; an international cargo airline in a jury trial against a former employee who claimed he was entitled to a large award under the airline's employee innovation reward program; the purchaser of intellectual property assets acquired at a bankruptcy auction in a subsequent trade secret misappropriation case; a hotel in a jury trial arising out of more than $20 million in damages caused by a fire; and a foreign liquidator of overseas banks in litigation to recover more than $140 million in U.S. assets seized by the New York Superintendent of Banks.
Mr. Major has been named a Super Lawyers® Rising Star in both New York and Connecticut (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.). Mr. Major has also written and presented on numerous topics including commercial contract clauses, critical vendor status in bankruptcy and evidentiary issues in civil trials.
Mr. Major is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut, as well as before the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the District of Connecticut. In addition, Mr. Major is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Before joining Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, Mr. Major was an associate and partner with Robinson & Cole LLP. Mr. Major is a recipient of the Fairfield County Business Journal's "40 Under 40" Award recognizing his professional and community service achievements. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Patty, and their sons Henry and Jack.