Christopher Eby has extensive experience managing complex business litigation in federal, state and administrative courts and before arbitration panels, including matters involving whistleblower claims, professional services liability, consumer and commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, securities violations and intellectual property misappropriation and infringement. Chris has drafted motions, briefs and pleadings at all stages of such cases, including complaints, preliminary injunction motions, motions to dismiss, motions for class certification and motions for summary judgment as well as motions to compel, Daubert motions and motions in limine. He also manages all phases of discovery, including interviewing witnesses, drafting and responding to written discovery requests, and assisting with depositions.
In addition, Chris maintains an extensive pro bono practice that has included litigating human rights claims before the Illinois Human Rights Commission as well as first-chairing two asylum trials and securing grants of asylum in both cases.
Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Chris served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Harry D. Leinenweber of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. After earning his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, Chris was awarded a graduate fellowship from the Public Interest Law Initiative to litigate Title VII employment discrimination class action disputes through the University of Chicago’s Mandel Legal Aid Clinic—work he had begun as a law student. While in law school, Chris published his student comment, “Aid ‘Specifically Directed’ to Facilitate War Crimes: The ICTY’s Anomalous Actus Reus Standard,” in The Chicago Journal of International Law.
Chris is proficient in French, having translated works of French philosophy into English. His translated work has appeared in From Decision to Heresy: Experiments in Non-standard Thought (published by Urbanomic Press).
- Barack Ferrazzano LLP, Chicago, IL, Litigation Associate, 2017 - 2018
- Mayer Brown LLP, Chicago, IL, Associate, 2015 - 2017
- Hon. Harry Leinenweber, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2017