Christopher J. Belter: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Christopher J. Belter

Buffalo,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business and Commercial
  • Intellectual Property
  • Construction
Contact InfoTelephone: 716.566.5412
Fax: 716.566.5401
University State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., 1989
Law SchoolState University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, J.D., 1993
Admitted1994, New York; U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Bankruptcy Courts; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Professional Affiliations
•Defense Research Institute: Commercial Litigation Committee (National Steering Committee, Intellectual Property Subcommittee, Business Torts Subcommittee), Construction Law Committee (Former National Committee Chair)
•USLAW Network: Business Litigation Practice Group, Business Dispute and Unfair Competition Subcommittee, Construction Law Practice Group
•American Bar Association: Business Law, Commercial and Federal Litigation, and Intellectual Property Law Sections
•American Intellectual Property Law Association
•New York State Bar Association
•The Associated General Contractors of America
•Bar Association of Erie County

BornBuffalo, New York, December 16, 1965

Christopher Belter focuses his practice on business, construction, and intellectual property law. A senior partner of the firm, he serves as Co-Chair of Goldberg Segalla's Business and Commercial Practice Group, Chair of its Construction Practice Group, and a leader in the firm's intellectual property practice. He has more than two decades of experience representing clients in state and federal courts across the United States. His clients include a wide array of regional, national, and Fortune 500 businesses in the manufacturing, construction, renewable energy, banking and financial services, food production and distribution, and entertainment industries. He splits his time between the firm's Manhattan and Buffalo offices.

Chris has represented directors and officers in matters involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and bad faith. He has also defended directors and officers in claims brought by the FDIC and the SEC. He has handled these matters in the courts throughout New York and in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Chris helps corporations resolve complex and high-exposure business disputes, both in litigation and through pre-litigation resolution techniques, and he counsels clients on contract preparation, litigation avoidance, and other legal strategies. He handles disputes involving commercial transactions; the liability of directors and officers; contractual relationships with distributors, contractors, and other third-party companies; business tort and unfair competition claims; commercial leases; licensing; and business royalties.

As a nationally recognized authority on construction law, Chris represents contractors, construction managers, and others in matters involving all aspects of construction, from contract negotiation through litigation, on major private and public projects. His experience includes breach of contract claims, collection remedies, damage analysis, delay and acceleration claims, design and construction defect claims, mechanic's liens, and worksite injury litigation. He also represents contractors, sureties, and insurance and bond providers in all types of bond claims made against payment and performance bonds.

Drawing upon his commercial litigation experience plus an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of intellectual property law, Chris helps clients enforce their intellectual property rights and protect their ideas, brands, and other intellectual property. He has handled dozens of cases involving claims of unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, and trademark and copyright infringement in the federal courts across New York State.

Civic Activities
•United States Air Force Reserve, 1985-1993
•Youth hockey coach

Best Lawyers in America 2014-2015 (Litigation - Construction)
Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Business Litigation)
Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York (Commercial Litigation)

•Presenter, “Damage Control: Avoiding or Minimizing Consequential and Liquidated Damages in Contract Disputes,” Defense Research Institute Business Litigation Seminar, Washington, D.C., May 8-9, 2014
•Presenter, “Damage 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
•Presenter, 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
•Co-Author, New York Chapter, Construction Litigation Desk Reference: A State by State Compendium, The DRI Defense Library Series, 2010
•Speaker, The Greening of America - New issues in Construction and Insurance Litigation, DRI Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2009
•Speaker, Chinese Drywall Litigation: Emerging Developments and Legal Theories, DRI Webcast, August 2009
•Co-Author, What Lies Beneath: The Gathering Storm of Chinese Drywall Defect Claims, For the Defense, DRI, June 2009
•Co-Author, Drywall From China Leads to Glut of Claims, Buffalo Law Journal, May 2009
•Co-Author, Diversity Programs: Trends and Strategies for Success, ABA's Minority Trial Lawyer, 2009
•Presenter, Litigation Strategies in a Mixed Business Tort and Intellectual Property Lawsuit, DRI Intellectual Property Seminar on Commercial Litigation, Chicago, IL, 2008
•Program Chair, DRI's Construction Law Seminar, September 2008
•Co-Author, Breaking the Bank(ruptcy Code)? Terminating Surety and Fidelity Bonds, 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
•Co-Author, Terminating Surety and Fidelity Bonds Upon the Insolvency or Bankruptcy of the Principal, NYSBA NY Business Law Journal, Spring, 2008
•Program Vice Chair, DRI's Construction Law Seminar, September 2007
•Co-Author of chapter, Causes of Action in Construction Defect Litigation, DRI Construction Defect: Claims and Coverage Compendium, 2007
•Author and Presenter, New York's Construction Worksite Safety Law - Bad for Business?, Buffalo Niagara Partnership's Education Seminar Series, 2007
•Author and Presenter, 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

Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Honored in Legal Elite of Western New York
September 2014
Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists Eighteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys
August 22, 2014
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
Best Lawyers in America 2014 Names Thomas F. Segalla a Buffalo “Lawyer of the Year,” Lists Fifteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys
August 15, 2013
Sixteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2012 Who's Who in Law, Buffalo Business First
September 2012
Twenty-Three Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2012 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 21, 2012
Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in Who's Who in Law, Buffalo Business First
September 23, 2011
Sixteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2011 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
September 6, 2011
Goldberg Segalla attorneys selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition 2010
September 1, 2010

Goldberg Segalla Exceeds Expectations for Recovery in Complex Fraudulent Conveyance Action
August 2013
$13 Million Commercial Claim Efficiently Resolved
February 2012
Quick Dismissal Achieved in $3.5 Million Lease Dispute Over Soap Opera Set
July 6, 2011
Complex Commercial Case Appellate Victory


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Christopher J. Belter

665 Main Street, Suite 400
BuffaloNY 14203-1425


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