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.


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)

Civic Activities

•United States Air Force Reserve, 1985-1993

•Youth hockey coach


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Christopher J. Belter

665 Main Street, Suite 400
BuffaloNY 14203-1425


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