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Christopher J. Belter

Updated: August 8th, 2021 | Buffalo | Lawyer List C | Goldberg Segalla LLP | Bankruptcy, Construction, Intellectual Property,

Address: 665 Main Street, buffalo, NY, 14203-1425
Law Firm: Goldberg Segalla LLP
Phone: 716-566-5412
Fax: 716-566-5401
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Website: http://www.goldbergsegalla.com

TitlePartner
First Year of Call
Areas of PracticeIntellectual Property, Bankruptcy, Construction
DescriptionChristopher Belter, a senior trial partner at Goldberg Segalla, dedicates his practice to resolving complex commercial, construction, and intellectual property disputes. He has represented clients including major manufacturers and contractors, international companies, and other businesses in courts and arbitration forums in more than a dozen states over the course of his two-decade career, during which he has taken more than 100 trials and arbitrations to verdict or award. He is the chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Corporate Services and Commercial Litigation practice group, a team of 50-plus lawyers practicing across the firm’s entire footprint, and chair of its 100-member Construction practice group.Chris is a longstanding member of the Commercial Litigation Steering Committee at the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the largest organization of defense attorneys in the country, and a past national chair of its Construction Committee. He co-authored the New York chapter in DRI’s Construction Litigation Desk Reference: A State-by-State Compendium, and he is a frequent speaker to national audiences on minimizing damages in contract disputes, litigation strategies in lawsuits combining business tort and intellectual property claims, and other topics in his areas of concentration.Experience HighlightsCommercial LitigationIn the commercial litigation arena, for which he and his team are recognized in the Chambers USA Upstate New York directory, Chris has achieved successful outcomes for a broad range of companies in complex disputes involving contractual relationships, misappropriation and fraudulent conveyance, commercial leases, licensing, claims of tortious interference, and other issues. He also defends directors and officers in matters involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and bad faith, as well as claims brought by the FDIC and the SEC. Representative matters include:Defending at trial in the Delaware Court of Chancery a corporation’s directors and officers against breach of fiduciary duty and more than 10 other claims brought by certain shareholders over a disputed business merger Obtaining for an owner of music royalties a rare multimillion-dollar recovery in a complex misappropriation and fraudulent conveyance action that reached across both domestic and foreign jurisdictions Defending a $13 million commercial claim against a top soft drink manufacturer over the termination of a New York City distribution route Defending a multimillion-dollar breach of contract and improper termination claim brought by a studio owner against the producer of a major-network television show Defending the manufacturer of one of the world’s most popular sport drinks against a competitor’s $15 million tortious interference claim Defeating through motion practice an injunction that sought to shut down six major metropolitan locations of a national pizza chain Obtaining summary judgment for a construction supply manufacturer on complex warranty claims for roofing materials Successfully guiding a value-added reseller of a major software suite through investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Defense, and other entities following the acquisition of the software developer by a computer industry giant Defeating through motion practice a prospective class action alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act Construction LitigationIn construction litigation, an area for which he is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Chris handles breach of contract, delay and acceleration, design and construction defect, performance and payment bond, and other high-value claims for contractors, construction managers, and others in connection with large-scale private and public construction projects. He has extensive experience with complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution involving major solar, wind, and other renewable energy projects. Representative matters include:Securing a $70 million arbitration award for a national renewable energy contractor in a complex construction development dispute that involved issues of public bond and federal grant financing, construction delays and design deficiencies, claims of liquidated and consequential damages, and construction trust fund misappropriation; the award was rendered after extensive litigation and two months of arbitration hearings Recovering through arbitration more than $4 million for a wind energy transmission contractor in a case involving major change order and delay and acceleration claims related to a storm Representing a pipeline installation contractor in disputes totaling over $100 million involving natural gas pipelines serving the hydrofracking industry; the case involves major delay claims, back-charge claims related to earth-slips, and complex and novel issues regarding the scope of the lien law Representing a construction manager in an arbitration arising out of claims asserted by a private university for construction defects involving masonry, roof, and building envelope issues Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a commercial financer of hotels and resorts in a multimillion-dollar dispute over the financing arrangement for the construction of a timeshare property Intellectual PropertyWith experience handling dozens of cases involving claims of trademark and copyright infringement, he is particularly adept at helping companies enforce their intellectual property rights and protect their invaluable brands. Representative matters include:Defending a modeling agency in a jury trial in the Southern District of New York against copyright infringement and tortious interference claims brought by a photographer seeking over $10 million in damages Defending a regional craft brewery against claims of trademark infringement from a nationally distributing brewery Representing a major tobacco company in a trademark infringement case against sellers of counterfeit cigarettes, resulting in the successful seizure of all counterfeit product, recovery of several hundred thousand dollars in statutory damages, and a permanent injunction Honors & AwardsBest Lawyers in America, Litigation – Construction, 2014-21Business First˜s Legal Elite of Western New York (Commercial Litigation), 2013-20Chambers USA, Upstate New York General Commercial Litigation, Notable Practitioner 2015-17; Band 3 2020Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel EditionUpstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007-20Community InvolvementUnited States Air Force Reserve, 1985-1993 Youth hockey coach Publications & EventsPublicationsQuoted in Construction Group Of The Year: Goldberg Segalla, Law360, January 22, 2020 Quoted in How Firms Can Be a One-Stop Shop for Construction Clients, Law360, March 4, 2019 New York Chapter, Construction Litigation Desk Reference: A State by State Compendium (Co-Author), The DRI Defense Library Series, 2010 What Lies Beneath: The Gathering Storm of Chinese Drywall Defect Claims (Co-Author), For the Defense, DRI, June 2009 Drywall From China Leads to Glut of Claims (Co-Author), Buffalo Law Journal, May 2009 Diversity Programs: Trends and Strategies for Success (Co-Author), ABA’s Minority Trial Lawyer, 2009 Program Chair, DRI’s Construction Law Seminar, September 2008 Breaking the Bank(ruptcy Code)? Terminating Surety and Fidelity Bonds (Co-Author), For the Defense, DRI, March 2008 Author and Presenter, Litigation Strategies in a Mixed Business Tort and Intellectual Property Lawsuit, DRI Intellectual Property Seminar on Commercial Litigation, Chicago, IL, 2008 Terminating Surety and Fidelity Bonds Upon the Insolvency or Bankruptcy of the Principal (Co-Author), NYSBA NY Business Law Journal, Spring, 2008 Program Vice Chair, DRI’s Construction Law Seminar, September 2007 Causes of Action in Construction Defect Litigation (Co-Author), DRI Construction Defect: Claims and Coverage Compendium, 2007 New York’s Construction Worksite Safety Law – Bad for Business?, Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Education Seminar Series, 2007 Aggressive Players and Ugly Flops: The Expansion of Deceptive Trade Practice Statutes to Business Torts, DRI Intellectual Property Commercial litigation Committee Seminar, Key Biscayne, FL, 2006 Lead Editor, Unfair Trade Practice, A Compendium of State Law, DRI’s Defense Library Series, 2006 PresentationsDamage Control: Avoiding or Minimizing Consequential and Liquidated Damages in Contract Disputes, Defense Research Institute Business Litigation Seminar, Washington, D.C., May 8-9, 2014Damage Control: Avoiding or Minimizing Consequential and Liquidated Damages in Contract Disputes, Fall 2013 USLAW Network Client Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 3-5, 2013 Who Can You Trust? Strategies and Pitfalls When Pursuing Lien Law Trust Fund Claims, Commercial Law League of America Spring Meeting and 117th National Convention, Chicago, IL, April 14, 2011 The Greening of America – New issues in Construction and Insurance Litigation, DRI Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2009 Litigation Strategies in a Mixed Business Tort and Intellectual Property Lawsuit, DRI Intellectual Property Seminar on Commercial Litigation, Chicago, IL, 2008 New York’s Construction Worksite Safety Law – Bad for Business?, Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Education Seminar Series, 2007 Aggressive Players and Ugly Flops: The Expansion of Deceptive Trade Practice Statutes to Business Torts, DRI Intellectual Property Commercial litigation Committee Seminar, Key Biscayne, FL, 2006 WebinarsChinese Drywall Litigation: Emerging Developments and Legal Theories, DRI Webcast, August 2009 Recent Insights Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Honored in 2020 Legal Elite of Western New York October 6, 2020 Goldberg Segalla COO Christopher J. Belter Discusses Managing Through COVID-19 September 18, 2020 Super Lawyers Honors 68 of Goldberg Segalla’s Upstate New York Attorneys in 2020 August 24, 2020 Fifty-One Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021 August 20, 2020 Goldberg Segalla Sees Employment and Labor, Commercial Litigation, and Insurance Rankings in 2020 Chambers USA April 24, 2020 Law360 Profiles Goldberg Segalla as a Construction Practice Group of the Year January 24, 2020

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