Christopher Bopst is a constitutional and commercial litigation partner who handles arbitration, litigation, and appeals throughout the United States. In his 15 years of practice, Chris has represented a wide range of clients, from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. He understands that each matter is unique, and requires individualized attention and planning, in order to achieve the best result. Some of Chris's greatest successes have come even before a case has been filed - in the form of creating and implementing a strategy that results in a favorable outcome for his client. He has earned a reputation as a skilled and creative adversary who conducts himself with the highest level of professionalism.
Chris has represented both individuals and corporate clients in significant cases involving contract disputes and business tort claims, real property litigation, and trade secret and other intellectual property disputes. He has represented companies in “bet the company” labor and employment matters in both state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He also deals with construction matters from contract negotiation on multi-million dollar projects to significant litigation, including both contract and bond claims through construction defect matters, arising out of substantial residential and commercial construction projects. He has handled appeals to both state and federal courts in multiple states.
Chris is a recognized authority in the area of constitutional law. He has co-authored The New York State Constitution (2d edition), the leading volume on the New York State Constitution, published by Oxford University Press. He has also written numerous articles and given many lectures and presentations about state and federal constitutional law. In his practice, he has represented both private individuals and state actors in cases arising under the First Amendment and Second Amendment, as well as tort claims such as defamation, false light, and invasion of privacy.
He leads the firm's bankruptcy, creditors' rights practice, and lender liability practice. In this capacity, Chris regularly counsels and represents creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization proceedings, Chapter 7 liquidations, and Chapter 13 individual debt adjustments. In addition, he has represented creditors in fraudulent conveyance and alter ego suits. Chris has defended numerous financial institutions and other companies against statutory claims arising under Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Truth in Lending Act, and common law.
Chris has been involved in the defense of several significant class action lawsuits in both state and federal courts. In one example, he was part of a multidisciplinary team of attorneys from Goldberg Segalla's Business and Commercial and Global Insurance Services Practice Groups that achieved summary judgment dismissal of an attempted class-action lawsuit involving improper forced-placed insurance coverage on leased vehicles.
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Business Litigation)
•Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star
•Forty-Six Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers August 11, 2014
•Super Lawyers Names Nearly Three Quarters of Goldberg Segalla's Upstate New York Attorneys August 19, 2013
•Presenter, “The Bills of Rights in the U.S. and New York: A Comparative Perspective,” and Co-Presenter, “Teaching Two Constitutions: Meeting the Challenge,” 37th Annual New York State Bar Association Civics & Law-Related Education Conference, Geneva, NY, October 18, 2013
•Quoted in “Too Much Tinkering: Experts Say Constitutional Amendments Do Too Little,” City & State, October 9, 2013
•Presenter, “A New New York: The Constitutional Dimension,” Baruch College School of Public Affairs, October 8, 2013
•Co-Author, “'It Ain't Necessarily So:' The Governor's 'Message of Necessity' and the Legislative Process in New York,” Albany Law Review, Vol. 26, No. 4, September 2013
•Panelist, “A New New York: The Constitutional Dimension,” EffectiveNY and CRREO Constitutional Issues Conference, SUNY Cortland, September 19, 2013
•Co-Author, “A Sobering Reminder for Office Revelers,”Buffalo Law Journal, December 10, 2012
•Quoted in Are 56,326 Words Just Too Much Albany Times Union, November 29, 2012
•Panel Chair, “Should the New York State Constitution Be Shortened, and, if So, How ” at “A New New York: The Constitutional Dimension,” Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, University at Albany, November 29, 2012
•Co-Author, Anything Goes: A History of New York's Gift and Loan Clauses,Albany Law Review, Vol. 75, No. 4, Summer 2012
•Co-Author, The New York State Constitution, Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States, Oxford University Press, April 2012
•Co-Author, Curriculum Reform in an Age of Assessment: A Case Study, Beatitude Past Utterance: Balancing Life's Issues 85 (Samuel M. Natale, ed., 2008)
•Co-Author, Boundaries, Disputes and Cultural Clashes: Some Reflections on Socrates, Galileo, Intelligent Design and Extraterrestrials, Business Education and Training A Value-Laden Process: Conflict and the 'Sleep of Reason' 113 (Samuel M. Natale, ed., 2006)
•Co-Author, Machiavelli and Modern Business: Realist Thought in Contemporary Corporate Leadership Manuals, 65 Journal of Business Ethics 235, 2006
•Author, Florida's New Rules on Multijurisdictional Practice: A Mixed Bag for Arbitration Attorneys, Dispute Resolution Journal, , 34-39, August/October 2005
•Co-Author, Machiavelli and Modern Business: Realist Thought in Contemporary Corporate Leadership Manuals, Business Education and Training A Value-Laden Process: The Fate of Empires: Education in a Consilient World 43 (Samuel M. Natale, ed., 2005)
•Co-Author, Great Political Trials of the Millennium, 27 Litigation 39, 2001
•Co-Author, The Constitutional Commission in New York: A Worthy Tradition, 64 Albany Law Review 1285, 2001
•Author, Rape Shield Laws and Prior False Accusations of Rape: The Need for Meaningful Legislative Reform, 24 Journal of Legislation 125, 1998
•Co-Author, Changing State Constitutions: Dual Constitutionalism and the Amending Process, 1 Hofstra Law & Policy Symposium 27, 1996
•“The Bills of Rights in the U.S. and New York: A Comparative Perspective” and “Teaching Two Constitutions: Meeting the Challenge,” 37th Annual Civics & Law-Related Education Conference October 18, 2013
•A New New York: The Constitutional Dimension, Baruch College School of Public Affairs October 8, 2013
•A New New York: The Constitutional Dimension, EffectiveNY and CRREO Constitutional Issues Conference September 19, 2013
•“Should the New York State Constitution Be Shortened, and, if So, How ” Rockefeller Institute of Government, University at Albany November 29, 2012
•Class Action Against Credit Union Over Auto Transaction Dismissed July 18, 2012